CONWAY, S.C. – Senior first baseman Kevin Biondic notched a career high seven RBIs and junior right-hander Hunter Parsons tossed seven shutout innings as the Maryland baseball team completed an undefeated weekend with a 13-1 win over Ball State at Springs Brooks Stadium Sunday afternoon.
The Terrapins (7-4) took the lead in the first inning and never looked back against the Cardinals (4-6). Biondic added three runs scored and three hits to his seven RBI day, which fell one shy of the school record (8). Maryland completed a 4-0 week with the win and have now won five consecutive games overall.
“Hopefully we are moving in the right direction,” head coach Rob Vaughn said. “I tell these guys all the time that the most important thing they can do is respond. We had some adversity last week and responded in a big way this week. We played really well all weekend.”
Biondic’s day began in a big way in the first inning. After Zach Jancarski walked and Nick Dunn doubled, the Oak Lawn, Ill., native hit a towering opposite field home run to right to give the Terps a 3-0 lead.
Parsons was outstanding from the start, facing the minimum in the first three innings. He notched career highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (7) and found himself in minor trouble just in the fourth. The righty scattered four hits and walked just one batter.
The Terps offense blew the game open for Parsons in the fifth. After Justin Vought, Nick Dunn and AJ Lee were also issued free bases, Biondic singled to right to bring in two runs. Will Watson was then hit by a pitch and Taylor Wright flared a bloop single to plate Lee. The bases remained loaded and catcher Justin Morris drew a walk to bring in another run.
Maryland plated two more on Biondic’s two-run triple in the sixth. Jancarski doubled to start the frame, his second of the day, before Nick Dunn walked. Biondic then dropped a knock that got passed the right fielder, went all the way to the wall, and produced two runs for Maryland.
Freshman Richie Schiekofer picked up his first career hit, an RBI double, in the seventh. Junior Brad Barnett grounded out in that inning, but picked up his first Maryland RBI when Vought scored.
Maryland returns to the field Tuesday afternoon when Delaware comes to College Park. First pitch is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m., and fans can listen to the action on the Maryland Baseball Network or stream the matchup on BTN Plus.