COLLEGE PARK, Md. – James Madison used eight pitchers to scatter seven Maryland hits in a 6-3 defeat of the Terps Tuesday afternoon at a rain-soaked Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Maryland (25-19) received a strong pitching performance from starter Zach Morris, who posted career highs in strikeouts and innings pitched. The lefty went six innings with four strikeouts allowing two earned runs on six hits.
But the Terrapin offense was held in check by the Madison pitching staff. It held the Terps to one run on three hits through the first seven innings and did not allow an extra-base hit in the game.
“I thought Zach Morris did a really good job, gave us a really good start in all six innings,” said head coach John Szefc. “I thought offensively we had some pretty good at-bats in the eighth and the ninth. And I thought James Madison, obviously those guys wanted to play. They came and drove over here in a rain storm to play so you’ve got to give them a lot of credit. They came over here and played hard.”
James Madison opened up a two-run game with a run in the seventh and two in the eighth. With reliever Tayler Stiles on for Morris, the Dukes used a two-out walk to take a 4-1 lead. With Ty McFarland at first, Conner Brown drove a ball over the head of leftfielder Kyle Convissar and to the wall to score McFarland.
In the eighth, James Madison scored its first run of the inning on a fielder’s choice and then tacked on with a Brent Johnson RBI double.
The Terps got the bats going in the eighth and cut into the five-run deficit. Maryland got its first run of the inning following consecutive singles from Schmit, Mike Rescigno and Papio. Papio’s single through the right side scored Schmit from second. With two outs, Martir singled up the middle to score Rescigno.
Following a four-pitch walk to Charlie White, James Madison called on Trent Cundiff to put out the fire. Cundiff got a ground out to leave the bases loaded.
In the ninth, Wade’s leadoff walk was erased with a 6-4-3 double play and the Terps never threatened again.
The two squads exchanged runs in the third. Following a one-out triple by Brown, Tyler Gregory doubled to left to put the Dukes up 1-0. In the bottom of the inning, a two-out single by Wade scored Convissar to tie it up.
James Madison took the lead for good in the fifth with two runs on two hits. A fielding error with one out allowed the Dukes to put runners at second and third. Kyle Weston then singled to bring both runners home.
Maryland next plays host to St. Joseph’s Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.