Maryland baseball, behind stellar pitching and small ball, defeated Stetson 2-0 on Sunday in the rubber match of their weekend series in College Park.
Hunter Parsons took the mound for the Terps on Sunday, looking to build off his recent success, having lowered his season ERA to 4.20 before the start of the weekend finale. Parsons was nothing but dominant against the Hatters, throwing his first complete game shut out and setting a new career high with nine strikeouts. He was perfect into the fourth inning, setting down the first 11 Stetson batters in order. He had six 1-2-3 innings in the game, throwing 101 pitches to complete the shutout.
Sunday’s game took only 1 hour and 52 minutes. Quick doesn't come to describe how fast this game took to complete.
The game was a pitcher’s duel early on. Stetson starter Mitchell Stengel, who came into the game with a 3-0 record and 1.86 ERA, was equally dominant on the mound early. Parsons and Stengel were matching pitch for pitch and worked at a fast pace.
In the fifth, Maryland broke the scoreless tie. Richie Schiekofer reached on an infield single and Will Watson walked to put two on for the Terps. Justin Morris advanced them up a base on a groundout. AJ Lee walked to load the bases for Nick Dunn, Maryland’s best hitter this season. He didn’t need to take the bat off his shoulder, as a passed ball from Stengel allowed Schiekofer to score.
The Terps tacked on another run in the sixth. Kevin Biondic singled to start the inning. Tommy Gardiner followed by reaching on an error by the left fielder. Zach Jancarski advanced them on a sacrifice bunt. With the infield in, Schiekofer hit a grounder to the second baseman, who threw home to get Biondic, but he narrowly avoided the tag from the catcher at the plate to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
Maryland didn’t need much offense Sunday with Parsons commanding the zone on the mound. The Terps only had five hits on the day. Richie Schiekofer was the only Terp with a multi-hit day, recording two infield singles and an RBI.
The Terps will travel to Richmond to play the Spiders on Tuesday at 4 pm before beginning their Big Ten schedule at home next weekend again Northwestern.