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Maryland baseball: Terps fall to West Virginia, 4-1

The Terps have dropped three of their last four games.

The Maryland baseball team could only manage one run against West Virginia starter Michael Grove, and couldn't score off two relievers in a 4-1 loss to the Mountaineers Tuesday in Morgantown.

The loss was the Terps' third in their last four games. Hunter Parsons took the hill for Maryland and produced a quality outing, only allowing three hits and two runs in six innings, striking out six and walking one. Only one of the runs he allowed was earned. Andrew Green came in for Parsons to begin the seventh inning, allowing runs in the seventh and the eighth before yielding to Andrew Miller for the final out of the eighth.

Grove was magnificent, striking out 13 and scattering six hits in 6.2 innings. A first-inning double to Nick Dunn was the only extra-base hit he allowed all day.

Maryland actually made it on the scoreboard before West Virginia did. In the top of the fourth inning, Kevin Biondic singled in Madison Nickens to give the Terps a 1-0 lead, but they wouldn't have it for very long.

In the bottom of the inning, Darius Hill reached on an error by Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Ivan Vera. Jackson Cramer followed that up with a solo home run to make it 2-1 West Virginia, and the Mountaineers' two insurance runs late proved inconsequential.

The loss drops the Terps to 25-22 on the season, and they play their last home series this weekend against Rutgers.