Maryland baseball trailed for the majority of its game on Wednesday night — but all of that was quickly forgotten with a single swing from Chris Alleyne.
In a tie ball game, he sent a solo homer — his tenth of the season — deep to right field to give the Terps an improbable 8-7 lead.
Maryland would hold onto this lead, grabbing an 8-7 victory from the jaws of defeat against James Madison.
It was a strange game for the Terps, who outhit the Dukes 12 to six, committed four errors, and left six runners on base. Even the lineup looked a little different for the Terps, as Kevin Keister got the start at shortstop and Jacob Orr started at second base while Matt Shaw rested.
JMU got on the board first in the bottom of the second. With two outs and a runner on second, Mason Dunaway lifted a single to right field.
He didn’t spend long at first, though, as Jason Schiavone brought him home with a home run in the very next at-bat.
Ott was able to put away the next batter, but Maryland still trailed 3-0 heading to the third.
Maryland got two back in the top of the inning.
Ian Petrutz, who was filling it at DH, started the inning with a single, and scored all the way from first on a Jacob Orr double.
Luke Shliger picked up a hit in the next at-bat, moving runners to the corners. Chris Alleyne hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Orr.
In the bottom of the inning, JMU added another score to their tally on an RBI double from Travis Reifsnider. Reifsnider scored on a fielder’s choice, pushing the score to 5-2.
Ott was pulled after this at-bat, replaced by Ryan Van Buren. Ott finished the game with 2.2 innings pitched, four hits, and five earned runs.
Maryland went into the fourth looking for a spark, and nn a team marked by senior leadership, it was freshman Orr who stepped up.
He ripped a single to left-center field with the bases loaded, scoring two runs and cutting the JMU lead to one. Shliger wasted no time tying things up, launching a double to right field.
JMU retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to a throwing error by Shliger. Nigel Belgrave came in to pitch for the Terps in the bottom of the sixth. He retired the side with ease, striking out two.
Keister gave Maryland a glimpse of hope in the top of the eighth.
After Zmarzlak walked to lead-off the inning, Keister roped a double down the left foul line which put the two on second and third.
Petrutz laid a bunt down the third base line in an attempt to bring a man home, but it was unsuccessful. With time running out, Orr came up huge once again.
He tied the game with a single to center field, picking up his fourth and fifth RBI on the game.
Maryland brought things even and gave themselves a chance to win the game. Heine came back out for the eighth and the first two batters he faced reached base.
David Falco came in to replace him, and he picked up three consecutive outs to get out of the jam. Alleyne’s homer in the top of the ninth gave the Terps a lead that they wouldn’t give up.
Falco returned to close things out in the bottom of the ninth, and close things out he did. He retired all three batters he faced, with a groundout, strikeout and a flyout.
Despite a bevy of mistakes on the evening, Maryland now sits at 26-7 on the year.