EAST LANSING, Mich. – Junior second baseman Nick Dunn went 3-for-4 with two home runs, three RBIs and four runs scored as the Maryland baseball team evened up its series with Michigan State with a 8-2 win over the Spartans at McLane Baseball Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins (18-24, 4-9 Big Ten) got off to a fast start with five runs in the first two innings. Junior right-hander Hunter Parsons tossed seven innings and gave up two runs, while senior Kevin Biondic reached base three times, had three RBIs and pitched two scoreless innings to finish the ball game.
Dunn’s first home came in the top of the first as the junior hit a towering shot over the tall right field fence. The Terps then chased Spartan starter Mason Erla in the second. Freshman Randy Bednar walked to begin the inning and went to second on a Justin Morris single.
AJ Lee was then hit by a pitch, before Nick Dunn drew a walk to score Bednar. Marty Costes followed with a bases loaded walk that plated Morris, which set up Biondic who singled through the left side to plate a pair.
Parsons sat down the first nine batters he faced, and gave up just single runs in the fourth and fifth. The junior struck out four batters and did not allow and extra base hit in the game.
Dunn’s second big fly came in the fourth, another solo shot to right field. Biondic added his third RBI with as single that brought home Costes. Dunn scored on a wild pitch in the top of the ninth for Maryland’s final run of the day.
Biondic struck out two over his two frames of work to end the game. He lowered his ERA to 0.79 in 22.2 IP.
Maryland and Michigan State will contest a rubber game Sunday afternoon with first pitch set for 1:00 p.m. Fans can follow the action on BTN Plus or the Maryland Baseball Network.