Maryland kept their hot streak alive on Friday night by defeating Louisiana Lafayette 4-1. The Terps are 6-2 and they have won their fifth straight game.
It was a pitcher’s duel to start. Both teams were scoreless until the bottom of the fourth then Daniel Lahare hit a solo shot off Terps ace Hunter Parsons to give the Ragin’ Cajuns a 1-0. Sophomore Chris Alleyne led off the inning with a base hit then advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher. With Alleyne and Caleb Walls on base, sophomore Randy Bednar continued his hit streak with a ground rule double to score Alleyne. Following Bednar, senior Taylor Wright grounded out to second but Walls would score from third giving the Terps a 2-1 lead.
Later that same inning, a Justin Vought single would knock Bednar in to extend the lead to 3-1. After a quick inning by Parsons, the Terps would strike again in the top of the sixth. Alleyne scored off another throwing error by the Ragin’ Cajuns and the lead was 4-1. Louisiana Lafayette finished with three errors on the day.
Four runs was more than enough insurance for Parsons. The senior right hander delivered another strong outing. This time going seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out six. He also got plenty of help from his defense. In the bottom of the sixth, Ragin’ Cajuns senior Handsome Monica hit a shot to deep right field, but Randy Bednar was there for a terrific diving catch at the warning track. Parsons racked up his second straight win and has now allowed just one run his past two starts.
After Parsons was taken out, the eighth inning was a bit problematic for the Terps. Freshman Will Glock was brought in to start the inning but was relieved by freshman Andrew Vail after he hit the first batter. Vail walked the first batter he faced but then struck out the second before being relieved by junior Nick Turnbull. Turnbull did allow a single that would score one, but with the bases loaded he got Orynn Veillon to fly out to center to end the inning.
John Murphy (nicknamed “The Sheriff”) came in to close the ninth and he did just that. He allowed a base hit, but then struck out three batters to record his fourth save of the season.
The Terps will conclude their series in Louisiana on Saturday with a double header starting at 2 p.m.