Maryland baseball struck early and often Sunday afternoon, defeating Ball State 13-1, finishing the weekend with a 3-0 record at the Johnny Gardner Law Group Tournament at Coastal Carolina.
Starter Hunter Parsons was dominant against the Cardinals (4-6, 0-0 MAC), setting a new career high with seven strikeouts and equaling his career high with seven scoreless innings pitched.
Maryland first baseman Kevin Biondic dominated at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple, three runs scored, and a career-high seven RBIs. With left fielder Marty Costes sitting the game out, Zach Jancarski returned to the leadoff position, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Nick Dunn went 1-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored, and Justin Vought went 2-for-3 with two walks.
The Terps (7-4, 0-0 Big Ten) have won five consecutive games after losing four straight earlier in the season, and dominated down in Conway, South Carolina, outscoring their opponents 31-11.
Ball State had no answer for Parsons at the plate, and gave Maryland lots of opportunities. Cardinal pitching allowed 10 walks to Maryland batters. Maryland scored in just four innings on Sunday, but plated three or more runs in each of those innings.
Maryland scored in bunches, putting up a three-spot in the first inning thanks to Biondic’s three-run home run. The Terps didn’t score again until the fifth, scoring four against Ball State starter Kyle Nicolas and reliever Drey Jameson. Biondic picked up his fourth and fifth RBIs of the game from a two-run single. Taylor Wright followed with an RBI single and Justin Morris recorded an RBI walk, one of three surrendered by Jameson in his short outing.
Maryland added three more in the sixth, as Biondic drove in two with a triple that right fielder Jeff Reidel misplayed. Will Watson drove in Biondic with a double down the third base line.
The Terps scored three more runs in the seventh thanks to production from several newer players. Freshman Richie Schiekofer doubled down the right field line, scoring Justin Morris, his first career hit and RBI as a Terp. Brad Barnett recorded an RBI on a ground out, scoring Justin Vought. Schiekofer came around to score on a passed ball.
Maryland finished the week a perfect 4-0, including three wins at this weekend’s tournament. The Terps will return home next week to face Delaware on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET before hosting Bryant over the weekend.