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Maryland baseball defeats Bryant 5-3, takes weekend series

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Hunter Parsons pitched eight dominant innings and Maryland’s offense had 13 hits on the day.

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Thanks to clutch hitting and stellar pitching, Maryland baseball took the home weekend series against Bryant, winning 5-3 on Sunday.

Hunter Parsons was dominant on the mound again for Maryland, throwing his first complete game, a career-high in innings pitched, lowering his season ERA almost two runs to 5.09.

Nick Dunn and Zach Jancarski both had three-hit days at the plate, going a combined 6-for-9 with four runs scored and one RBI. Marty Costes tacked on two RBIs of his own, including the go-ahead single in the eighth.

Bryant struck first with a run in the second inning. Two singles, a fielder’s choice, and a sacrifice bunt plated home a run for the Bulldogs. Their rally was halted by Marty Costes, who threw out Nick Angelini at home on a close call. It looked like Angelini’s hand got the plate before Ty Friedrich tagged him, but the umpire sided with the Terps.

Maryland answered back with a run in the bottom half of the inning. Will Watson got hit by a pitch, stole second, advanced to third on a Friedrich single, and scored on a Zach Jancarski fielder’s choice.

Parsons settled in from there, sitting down nine straight Bryant hitters. Maryland had a chance in the fifth, but a double play squandered the inning.

In the sixth, Bryant retook the lead. Ryan Ward led off the inning with a double and scored on a bunt single by James Ciliento. Parsons threw wide of first, allowing Ward to score. Bryant looked dangerous for more, with men on first and third with no outs, but Parsons limited the damage to one, inducing a double play to end the threat.

Maryland broke through in the seventh. Jancarski and Dunn got on by way of a single and double, putting them in scoring position for Marty Costes, who is struggling this season. He reached on a throwing error by the shortstop, allowing Jancarski to score. After a fielder’s choice, Dunn scored on an A.J. Lee single, putting Maryland in front, 3-2.

Bryant quickly answered back in the eighth to tie the game. Sam Owens singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch, to third on a ground out, and home on a RBI single from Ciliento, his second RBI of the game.

Maryland took the lead back and gave themselves a cushion for the ninth. Two singles by Jancarski and Dunn put two on for Costes, who drove home his second run of the game on an RBI single to right field. Kevin Biondic tacked onto the lead with a RBI sacrifice fly, scoring Dunn.

Parsons took the mound in the ninth to finish the job. He allowed runners at first and third in the inning, but induced a ground out to end the game. The right-hander completed his first career complete game on 102 pitches.