The Maryland baseball team won both of their games in their home opening doubleheader against Maine on Friday. Maryland is now 3-2, while the Black Bears are 0-6.
The first game was all pitching as Terrapin ace Hunter Parsons went eight innings, allowing no runs on three hits, five strikeouts, and one walk. The senior right hander picked up his first win of the season after a no-decision last Friday against Campbell.
After Parsons, senior relief pitcher John Murphy came in to close the game for the Terps. Murphy, a right hander, is expected to be the teams full time closer this year. He is the only senior in the bullpen.
“When you know you have him sitting back there, it just gives you that added level of comfort…he’s been there for four years and done his thing,” said Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn. “Anytime you got ‘Murph’ on the back end it makes things a little bit easier.”
Offensively, Maryland got it going early in game one. Sophomore right fielder Randy Bednar crushed a homerun over the centerfield wall to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. In the third inning, senior shortstop A.J. Lee got his first hit of the season knocking in junior Caleb Walls with an RBI single. The Terps would tack on two more and win the game 4-0.
Similarly to game one, the Terps got the scoring going early in game two. With two outs in the bottom of the first, senior Taylor Wright drew a walk then sophomore Justin Vought laid a perfect bunt down the third base line. Freshman Michael Costes stepped up to the plate and ripped a double in the gap between right and center field, and the Terps were on the board. Costes had a very successful day overall, going 3-4.
“Maxwell’s been awesome. He stands right on top of the plate, his hands are really good and his plate discipline is really good,” Vaughn said. “He’s just a tough out.”
In the third inning, Bednar led off with a base hit. After advancing to second on a ground out, Bednar stole third and then scored on an overthrow by Maine catcher Ryan Turenne.
Sophomore Zach Thompson was clinical on the mound in game two. He was scoreless through six then allowed two runs in the seventh. He finished with nine strikeouts, zero walks, and got his first win of the season. Thompson was grateful for the early run support his offense gave him.
“I can just throw strikes. I don’t have to worry about giving up one run and losing my lead. Pitching with a lead makes everything so much easier,” Thompson said.
Maine would have the leading run at the plate down 5-3 in the eighth, but sophomore relief pitcher Sean Fisher got Ryan Turenne to line out to first baseman Michael Pineiro to complete the double play. Junior Nick Turnbull entered in the ninth to get the save and Maryland held on to win.
The Terps will finish out their three game series with Maine on Sunday at 1 p.m.