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Maryland baseball: JMU edges No. 11 Terps 8-6

Fresh off a No. 11 ranking by D1Baseball, the Terps traveled to Harrisonburg to take on familiar foe James Madison. Once again the Terps found themselves down early, and their furious comeback fell just short.

Jake Drossner (0-0, 5.59 era) was on the mound for Maryland. The Dukes sent out Vienna, VA native RHP Mark Gunst (0-2, 8.43 era).

Deja vu all over again as Terps find themselves down early

Chad Carroll drew a lead-off walk in the bottom half of the first inning. JMU jumped on top as Ky Parrott drilled a 0-2 pitch against the left center field wall for a triple. Kevin Husum's ground out made it 2-0. Drossner looked to be sailing along after the first inning. But with two outs in the third, Parrott and Husum both walked. Kyle Weston hit a bases-clearing double that hit off the center field wall: JMU led 4-0. Rob Galligan came in to pitch for Maryland in the fourth. Drossner's line: 3ip, 2h, 4r, 3bb, 3so.

JMU's Mark Gunst kept the Terps scoreless through five innings, twice getting out of jams.

Walks continue to haunt Terps

Rob Galligan found himself in trouble in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Galiigan walked a JMU batter, who was caught stealing. However, the next two JMU batters also walked. That brought in Taylor Bloom. Kyle McPherson lined a single to left to put the Dukes up by five runs. JMU went up by 6-0 on an error. A single by Bobby San Martin brought in two more runs. When the dust cleared, the Dukes led 8-0 after five innings.

Terps mount comeback, but is it enough?

Maryland had one of their patented big innings in the sixth. Gunst hit the first two Terrapin batters. Tim Lewis tripled to drive in two runs, which was followed by an Anthony Papio double. Kengo Kawahara singled in another run to make it 8-4. The Terps weren't through, as Kevin Smith's single plated the fifth Terrapin run of the inning.

Bradley McKay led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, and went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Ryan Selmer came in to put out the fire. As he has done so often this season, the tall right-hander got the Terps out of the jam, this time by inducing two ground ball outs.

Pinch hitter Kevin Biondic was pinged on the foot to start the eighth inning. He went to second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Smith was nailed on the left leg. Incredibly, Kevin Martir was also HBP. Jose Cuas walked on four pitches to draw the Terps to within two runs. But Nick Cieri popped out to end the inning.

The Terps had one more shot to complete the comeback. Lewis became the sixth Terrapin in the game to be HBP. Papio lined out. Kevin Biondic walked to bring the winning run up to the plate. Jamal Wade pinch hit for Kawahara, and fanned. Brandon Lowe hit a sharp grounder to second for the final out.

Jake Drossner took the loss to drop to 0-1. The Terps' winning streak ended at ten games, and Maryland's overall record fell to 17-5.