Another day, another frustrating outing for the Maryland Terrapins. Despite a decent outing from Zach Thompson, runs were once again hard to come by, as the Terps dropped a second game to the East Carolina Pirates, 2-1 at home.
In the opening innings, Zach Thompson fared no better with the Pirates’ lineup than Hunter Parsons the previous night. ECU got off to a quick lead in the second, notching two runs off of two straight singles by Brady Lloyd and Dusty Baker (no relation to the former Major League manager and player).
From then on, he settled down and held the Pirates’ lineup in check for eight innings, only allowing one more hit the rest of the way. Under other circumstances, Thompson’s start would have been considered a master stroke. Unfortunately, ECU’s Tyler Smith did him one better, allowing only three hits and one (unearned) run as the Terps’ offense once again came up dry. Maryland finally broke through to score their first run of the series when Trevor Wright scored on a passed ball in the fourth, but ECU’s Tyler Smith prevented further damage.
Once again, Alec Burleson shone for the Pirates – this time on both sides of the ball. Starting at first base, he went two for four with a double, scoring one of the two runs. Later, in the seventh inning, he took the pitcher’s mound to relieve Davis. With the game in his hands, and the Pirates unable to add to their one-run lead, Burleson retired all nine Terrapins he faced.
For all his efforts, Thompson took the loss.