With a defeat at High Point on Friday, the Maryland baseball team lost its fourth-straight series right on the cusp of the postseason.
The Terps lost 7-6 despite a valiant ninth-inning effort that ended with a Will Watson strikeout with the bases loaded.
Heading into the eighth down five, designated hitter Brandon Gun started off a rally with a single. Third baseman AJ Lee, batting second in the order,followed up the base hit with a shot over the left-field fence. The home run brought the Terps within three runs.
Second baseman Nick Dunn and right fielder Will Watson continued this momentum, singling in back to back a-bats. The Terps rally gained even more traction when catcher Nick Cieri came in and pinch-hit for left fielder Madison Nickens.
Dunn scored to cut the deficit to 7-4, but High Point would get out of the inning without allowing another blemish. Luckily for the Terps, the rally extended into the ninth inning.
This time it was first baseman Kevin Biondic who got involved. Biondic started off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch, tagged up to third on a flyout and scored on a passed ball. The run gave the Panthers just a one-run lead.
One of those classic Maryland comebacks looked inevitable when center fielder Marty Costes walked and then Dunn singled.
But it was not to be.
Watson stepped up to the plate and struck out on three pitches.
Had the Maryland pitching staff kept the Panthers in check, the ending of the game could have been much more dramatic. But the High Point offense could not be brought back down to Earth.
It all started in the bottom of the third inning when Carson Jackson roped a three-run homer off Tyler Blohm.
Righty John Murphy came in and allowed two runs to increase High Point’s lead to five.
The Terps will hope to salvage a win out of the series tomorrow at 1 p.m.
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