File photo by Angela Roberts/The Left Bench

Parsons pitches shutout, giving Terps series win

After the Terps lost to the Stetson Hatters in a 12-2 blowout on Friday and won 6-1 on Saturday, Maryland (12-12) Sunday starter Hunter Parsons sealed the series victory with his first career shutout, leading the Terps to a 2-0 win.

Parsons worked quickly through the first three innings, recording nine outs in nine batters.
Stetson (19-5) challenged Parsons in the middle innings; Mike Spooner hit a single in the fourth and so did Jorge Arena in the fifth, but Parsons worked around the base runners to get out of the jam.

While Parsons commanded the defense, it took the Maryland offense until the fifth inning to come alive. With one out, freshman outfielder Richie Schiekofer stretched out an infield single and gave the Terps a baserunner. After two walked batters, Schiekofer found himself at third with two outs. Then, opportunity struck. Hatters pitcher Mitchell Senger threw a passed ball, allowing Schiekofer to steal home and giving Maryland a 1-0 lead.

In the sixth the Terps added to their lead when senior infielder Kevin Biondic hit a leadoff single, then made his way to third on a error and sac bunt. Then, Schiekofer hit a fly ball and Biondic came in to score, dodging the tag at home and giving Maryland a 2-0 lead.

Parsons continued to dominate, striking out a career-high nine batters in 101 pitches and throwing the second complete game of his career. He picked up the win, his third of the season. Stetson starting pitcher Senger came away with the loss, striking out 10 and pitching a complete game as well.

The Terps head down to Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday to take on the Spiders. First pitch is at 3 p.m..