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Maryland baseball falls to No. 18 ECU, 4-0

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The Terps’ bats were silent once again and Maryland was swept in Greenville, North Carolina.

Maryland’s leading hitter, 2nd baseman Nick Dunn
Andrew Kramer @mercator88

ECU defeated Maryland baseball 4-0 on Sunday to sweep the series. As they’ve done all weekend, the Pirates played opportunistic ball and got timely hits. The Terps had a few chances to score today, but came up empty each time. The Terps managed just six hits, and struck out 11 times. Maryland did not hold a lead throughout the three-game set.

Hunter Parsons gave another outstanding start, hurling seven innings and allowing just five hits and one earned run. At one point he had retired 11 straight Pirate batters.

ECU grabbed an unearned run in the first inning. Bryant Packard singled to lead off the inning, and then attempted to steal second. The throw beat Packard, but AJ Lee dropped the ball. Parsons attempted to pick Packard off second and the throw went in to center field, allowing Packard to take third and score on a ground out.

The Terps squandered a chance to score in the top of the fourth, as Nick Dunn lined a single to center and Kevin Biondic followed with a single to left. Lee squared to bunt and didn’t connect. The catcher’s subsequent throw picked off Dunn on second.

Maryland threatened with two down in the fifth. Justin Morris singled and Zach Jancarski hit a wicked shot off of the shortstop’s glove that trickled into left field. With runners on second and third. Tommy Gardiner worked a full count before fanning to end the frame.

ECU got another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth. Packard singled, and the next batter hit a grounder to Biondic, who stepped on the bag, but hit Packard with his throw to second, allowing him to advance to third. Spencer Brickhouse hit a sacrifice fly to put ECU on top 2-0.

The lead grew to 3-0 in the next inning. A single, hit batsman and a two-out single plated a run. It was the only earned run Parsons allowed.

Sean Fisher pitched the eighth for the Terps and allowed a run.

As the Terps went down in order in the ninth, their record fell below .500 at 9-10. It’s their fourth straight loss.

The Terps are scheduled to play at North Carolina at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, but a snowstorm is threatening those plans.