About three weeks ago, the Maryland baseball team buzzed into Harrisonburg for a single game against the James Madison Dukes. The Terps came out on the long end of a 10-5 score. Today, the Dukes returned the favor visiting College Park for one game. The seven runs JMU scored topped their total for their home game of the home and home set. However, Maryland matched their run total from the first encounter and again came away victorious this time by a final of 10-7.
Madison got on the board first in the top of the second scoring in Maryland like fashion on a single, two stolen bases and a sacrifice fly. Anthony Papio had the answer in the bottom half of the inning slugging his first (and Maryland’s third) home run of the season. The game remained tied until the top of the fifth when the visitors put three runs on the board. They added another in the sixth. Trailing 5-1 going into the bottom of the inning, the Terps exploded for eight runs. Kyle Convissar got the Terrapins started with a triple to center. K.J. Hockaday drew a walk and Kevin Martir laced a single to left center scoring Convsissar and sending Hockaday to third. Blake Schmit knocked a double to right scoring Hockaday and putting runners on second and third with none out. After a strikeout and a pitching change, Jack Cleary doubled to right to even the score at five. Andrew Amaro reached on an infield single and Charlie White followed with a triple down the right field line driving in the fifth and sixth runs of the frame and putting Maryland in front for the first time. Lamonte Wade, Jr. walked on four straight pitches bringing Convissar up for the second time in the inning. He laid down a sacrifice bunt that brought White home and moved Wade to second. Wade finished the scoring on Hockaday’s double and Maryland took a 9-5 lead into the seventh. The Dukes scratched back scoring two to halve the Terrapin lead. But the Terps got an insurance run when Blake Schmit, who had led off the inning with a single, scored from second when Madison’s first baseman failed to pick up the throw on Cleary’s bunt. Jake Drossner picked up the win and Lamonte Wade, Jr. earned his first save of the year with two perfect innings in relief. The 13-7 Terps kick off a three game weekend set against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Friday at 6:30 pm.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)