Maryland sweeps Maine in Friday doubleheader

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

Senior right-handed pitcher Hunter Parsons pitched eight shutout innings in Maryland’s first victory in a doubleheader sweep over the Maine Black Bears on Friday afternoon.

The Fruitland, Maryland, native obtained his first win of the season as Maryland defeated Maine 3-0 in its first game.

Parsons recorded five strikeouts, three hits and only one walked one batter. He used less than 100 pitches for the whole game and did not allow a hit until the fifth inning.

Sophomore outfielder Randy Bednar’s solo home run in the first inning put the Terps on the scoreboard. In the third inning, junior left fielder Caleb Walls scored off a single from senior third baseman Taylor Wright.

Senior shortstop AJ Lee added to the lead in the fourth inning with a sacrifice fly to bring home freshman DH Maxwell Costes.

Sophomore catcher Justin Vought scored the fourth run in the fifth inning off a Maine error.

Maryland defeated Maine 5-3 in the second part of the doubleheader to complete the sweep, led by two RBIs from Costes and nine strikeouts from starting pitcher Zach Thompson (1-1)

Costes hit a two-RBI double to score Vought and Wright and give the Terrapins a 2-0 lead.

After stealing third base, Bednar scored on an error in the third inning to give Maryland a 3-0 lead.

When Maine cut the lead to 4-2 in the sixth inning, courtesy of an RBIs from Colin Ridley and Jake Roper, Maryland responded with a seventh-inning RBI from freshman second baseman Benjamin Cowles to push the lead to 5-3.

Sophomore infielder Michael Pineiro hit a single to center field, which allowed Vought to score once more. Although Maryland allowed two risky errors later on in the eighth inning, they managed to hold on for the win.

Maryland (3-2) will continue its series against Maine (0-6) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, Maryland.