Up by a run entering the third, No. 15 Maryland looked to add on to its slim lead over the James Madison Dukes.
Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso did just that in big ways — hitting back-to-back home runs to give the Terps a three-run lead.
Maryland led from the very first inning and never looked back, downing James Madison, 12-2, for the Terps’ 42nd victory of the season — tying the program record.
In the final regular season game at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, the Terps got out to an early lead.
Luke Shliger led off Maryland’s bats with a first-pitch single in the bottom of the first, and two batters later, scored on a base right into right off the bat of Lorusso.
Two innings later, the Terps’ power showed. After retiring the first couple Terps in the inning with relative ease, CJ Czerwinski struggled to find the third out of the frame.
On a 1-0 pitch, Alleyne crushed a blast into left center. Fenwick Trimble leaped at the wall but was unable to bring back Alleyne’s shot as it fell over the wall for a solo home run.
The very next batter, Lorusso, sent a towering blast into dead center. As soon as Lorusso made contact, Czerwinski looked down and sighed as he knew the outcome — a blast over the batter’s eye for the back-to-back jack.
Alleyne and Lorusso’s third inning home runs gave the Terps a 3-0 lead.
After firing three scoreless innings, Andrew Johnson was replaced on the mound by Matt Cunningham.
Cunningham immediately gave up a single and a two-run blast to right by Ryan Dooley, ending his outing after only two batters as Coach Rob Vaughn removed him on the mound for Logan Ott.
Ott got through the rest of the fourth without more damage being done, keeping Maryland’s lead at 3-2 entering the bottom of the inning.
With Troy Schreffler on base and a 1-2 count in the bottom of the fourth, Maxwell Costes sent one deep into right center. Grant Painter leaped at the wall but couldn’t bring Costes’ blast back as it landed over the fence for a home run, extending the Terps’ lead back up to three, 5-2.
Matt Kleinfelter entered in relief to start the fifth for the Dukes, and his first pitch was blasted over the fence in left center for a long home run off the bat of Lorusso. Lorusso’s second home run of the game upped Maryland’s lead to 6-2.
In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Stewart entered to pitch for the Dukes. Ian Petrutz gave Stewart a rude awakening as he hit a blast over the wall in left for a solo home run, putting Maryland ahead 7-2.
Later in the inning, the Terps threatened with the bases loaded and no one out — sending Stewart back to the dugout in a short outing. Stewart was replaced on the mound by Lliam Grubbs. Grubbs allowed a walk to his first batter faced, bringing home the eighth run of the game for the Terps.
Matt Shaw followed with an infield grounder mishandled for an error, sending home another run while keeping the bases loaded with no outs. Two batters later, Costes roped one down the left field line to score two, giving Maryland an 11-2 lead.
The Terps added another run in the eighth on a Bobby Zmarzlak run-scoring single.
Gavin Stellpflug fired a scoreless ninth, clinching the 12-2 win for the Terps.