Randy Bednar’s season for the Maryland Terrapins (16-17) has not been great. The freshman, who was drafted straight out of high school, entered Tuesday’s contest against James Madison (15-16) batting .198.
Yet, as Bednar stepped into the box in the top of the 12th inning with the game locked at 1-1, he had the chance to put those numbers aside and prove himself for the Terps. He did just that, sending a single into left field with bases loaded to give Maryland a one-run lead.
That run was all the Terps needed, as Kevin Biondic closed out the bottom of the inning to give the team a much needed extra-inning win.
Besides Bednar’s heroics in the late innings, shortstop A.J. Lee was clutch for the Terps as well, with an RBI double in the top of the ninth that sent the game to extra innings. If Chris Alleyne had not slipped rounding third and been thrown out in between third and home, Maryland’s 2-1 win may not have required extra innings.
Removing those two hits, the Terps’ bats were relatively quiet once again, as the lineup mustered up only seven hits and left 16 runners on base.
Luckily for Maryland, the pitching staff did not need much run support. Seven strong inning from Mark DiLuia, in which he allowed only one run, combined with dominant relief appearances from Grant Burleson, John Murphy and Biondic and kept the James Madison offense off-balance all game.
The Terps now prepare for a weekend series in Ann Arbor against the surging Michigan Wolverines. First pitch is 4 p.m. on Friday.