After scoring only one run in the first two games against East Carolina, it looked like things couldn’t get any worse for Maryland offensively. But on Sunday, it did, as the Terrapins were no-hit in their 3-0 defeat.
Trevor LaBonte was on the mound for the Terrapins but after five scoreless innings, the Pirates bats woke up in the sixth inning. Junior Spencer Newhouse led off the inning with a double, and then senior Turner Brown singled. With runners on first and third, freshman Thomas Francisco hit a double into right field to score Newhouse and Brown.
LaBonte finished allowing five hits and two runs in 5.1 innings. Elliot Zoellner, Sean Fisher, and Nick Turnbull pitched through the eighth and didn’t allow a run. John Murphy allowed one run in the ninth on a solo shot.
Sophomore left-hander Jake Kuchmaner was electric on the mound for the Pirates. He struck out eight batters and didn’t allow a single base runner in his perfect game. He has now allowed only two hits in his last three starts.
It was a rough weekend at the plate for the Terps. Their only run of the weekend came on a passed ball and in total they managed just nine hits in total. The biggest positive from the weekend will be the strong pitching outings from their second and third starters Zack Thompson and and LaBonte.
Maryland is back on the road for two games in Elon on Tuesday and Wednesday before a home series with Creighton next weekend in College Park.