HARRISONBURG, Va.. – Freshman Randy Bednar delivered an RBI single in the top of the 12th that proved to be the difference as the Maryland baseball team edged James Madison, 2-1, in an extra inning affair at Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial Park Tuesday afternoon.
The Terrapins (16-17) trailed after one and did not score on the Dukes (15-16) until the top of the ninth inning. Maryland’s pitching staff was spectacular, allowing just one run over 12 frames and holding James Madison to 0-for-21 at the plate with runners on.
Freshman right-hander Mark DiLuia had the best start of his young career. After James Madison scratched out a run in the first, the Illinois native shut the home team down. DiLuia tossed a career high seven innings, scattered four hits and struck out four.
Maryland knocked on the door throughout the game offensively before finally breaking through in the ninth. Junior Brad Barnett singled before Richie Schiekofer entered to pinch run. After Justin Vought was hit by a pitch, AJ Lee doubled down the left field line, scoring Schiekofer to tie the game,
Freshman lefty Grant Burleson relieved DiLuia in the eighth and struck out four over his one and two thirds innings of work. Junior RHP John Murphy shut the door on JMU in the ninth in relief of Burleson to send the game to extras.
Murphy worked the 10th and got and out in the 11th before Kevin Biondic secured the final two outs of the frame. In the 12th, Biondic walked before Taylor Wright was hit by a pitch. Zach Jancarski then reached on a bunt single. That set up Bednar, who ripped a single to plate Biondic.
Biondic would enter and record the final outs of the contest in the bottom half of the frame.
Maryland returns to action this weekend at Michigan in a three-game set. Fans can listen to the action live on the Maryland Baseball Network.