COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team racked up 12 hits in a 5-2 victory over Rutgers at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Friday night.
The Terrapins (22-27, 7-11 Big Ten) got a fine start from junior right-hander Hunter Parsons, who gave up one earned run over seven innings and struck out seven. Maryland received two-hit games from four players and eight-of-nine batters notched at least one hit.
After Rutgers manufactured a run helped on by a Maryland error in the first, the Terps tied the game in the bottom half. Junior Nick Dunn singled up the middle before swapping places with Marty Costes after a fielder’s choice. Senior Kevin Biondic then singled to left center to move Costes to third. Watson followed with a single to left field to plate Costes.
Parsons was steady after Rutgers scored in the first, at one point retiring 10 straight batters. The junior’s seven punch outs tied his second most of the season.
Watson led off the sixth with a double to left field before Zach Jancarski bunted for a single. Justin Morris then doubled off the center field wall to bring home Watson before Jancarski scored on a Wright sac fly.
Rutgers was able to plate a run in the seventh, but Parsons worked out of a bases loaded jam. In the bottom half of the inning, Jancarski singled home Dunn with two down to make it 5-2.
Senior right-hander Ryan Hill entered in the bottom of the eighth and worked around a lead-off walk. Hill came back out and struck out Milo Freeman to begin the ninth. After two singles, Dan DiGeorgio put a ball in the gap that Jancarski snagged with an incredible diving catch.
Left-hander Grant Burleson then struck out Kyle Walker to end the game and earn his first career save. Dunn notched one hit to move with three of becoming the 13th player in Maryland history to record 200 hits. Biondic, Watson, Jancarski and Morris all notched two-hit games.
Maryland and Rutgers face off in game two on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Fans can watch the action live on BTN Plus or listen on the Maryland Baseball Network.