Maryland catcher Dan Maynard (11) hits a solo home run during the Terps' 7-6 win over West Virginia in College Park on Tuesday, April 11. (Paige Leckie/ The Left Bench)

Terps can’t overcome early inning miscues, fall to George Mason 8-5

In the ninth inning of the Maryland baseball team’s game against George Mason on Wednesday,  the Terps loaded the bases and it looked as if they could pull off their second straight comeback win.

A double play ball off the bat of second baseman Nick Dunn quickly ended the rally.

After clawing back from an early 7-0 deficit to get within three runs, the Terps could not complete the comeback as they fell to the Patriots 8-5.

Dunn was initially called safe at first, but the second base umpire overturned the call, giving George Mason the win.

Seven runs on nine hits in the first two innings gave George Mason a lead they would never relinquish.

The Patriots’ lineup faired well against Maryland starting pitcher Hunter Parsons. George Mason first baseman Trevor Kelly helped jumpstart the early offense with two singles, three RBIs and two runs scored in the first two innings. Outfielders Brady Acker and Tyler Nelin along with catcher Logan Driscoll all drove in runs as well.

The Maryland defense did not help stop the scoring, committing two errors. Will Watson’s mistake in left field led to a run for George Mason.

Parsons, who only lasted 1.1 innings, gave up seven hits and four earned runs on the mound. His third start of the season mimicked the first two as the right-handed sophomore has now failed to make it through the second inning in all three of his starts.

Trailing 7-0 entering the third inning, Maryland outfielder Marty Costes seemed to still have a little of Tuesday’s magic left in him. The sophomore launched a three-run homer, his eighth of the season, to put the Terps on the board.

Following a sacrifice fly from George Mason in the fourth, the Terps once again chipped at the deficit in the fifth. Junior Kevin Smith led off the inning with a solo homer in only his second at-bat back from injury. A few batters later, an RBI single from Costes trimmed the Patriot lead to three and ended starter Brock Hunter’s day on the mound.

Hunter went 4.1 innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs while striking out six.

Both Maryland and George Mason saw impressive performances from their bullpen. No runs were scored in the final four innings of play.

Maryland relievers Ryan Hill and Mike Rescigno were lights out, giving up only three hits in 5.1 innings of work.

In his return to Spuhler Field, Maryland first baseman Brandon Gum recorded two hits and scored a run. Gum played at George Mason for four years before transferring to Maryland for the 2017 season.

The Terps will be back in College Park for a three-game series with Penn State starting Friday at 6:30 p.m., as they look to start a new winning streak.