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Terps rout Boilermakers to win series

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Maryland baseballAfter a bounce-back game on Saturday, the Terps explode offensively on Sunday in an 11-3 win in the rubber match against the Boilermakers.

Right-hander Taylor Bloom, a usual weekend starter, was scratched from his start with an injury, so freshman right-hander Hunter Parsons (2-0) earned his first-career weekend start. He stepped up to the occasion and struck out five batters in six innings and gave up only two runs.

Maryland (21-18, 7-5) has now won every game that Parsons has started.

“I was able to throw my changeup a lot and keep especially their left-hander Wood off balance a lot with my changeup,” Parsons said. “Anytime you can come in and help the team get a win is a great feeling so just happy I was able to step in and get the team a win.”

The Terps conceded the first run of the game in the top of the second inning, but a five-spot in the third inning was a large enough cushion for Parsons to work with.

Following a lead-off single and steal by right-fielder Anthony Papio, third-baseman Andrew Bechtold and center-fielder Zack Jancarski drew walks. With the bases loaded and no outs, designated hitter Madison Nickens singled to left field scoring Papio from third.

This prompted the Boilermakers (7-30, 2-13) to pull right-hander Shane Bryant (0-3) from the game, but the Terps were not done there.

After shortstop Kevin Smith struck out, second-baseman Nick Dunn smacked a double down the right field line against right-hander Tanner Andrews, scoring Jancarski and Bechtold. The Terps scored another run on an error by Purdue, and one more run on a sacrifice bunt by first-baseman Kevin Biondic.

Papio hit his third homerun of the season, and second in two games in the fourth inning, extending the Maryland lead to 6-1.

“Our goal every time is to win the series and we were able to do that, we would’ve liked to have got it done Friday, but I think it’s big we were able to answer the next two days and bounce back,” said Papio.

Maryland went an impressive 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Purdue cut into the Maryland lead with a run in the sixth and seventh inning, but another five-run inning in the bottom of the seventh sealed the deal for the Terrapins.

A strong performance from the bullpen guided the Terps to the win, drawing a loud cheer from the fans in Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith Stadium.

Maryland goes on the road Tuesday to take on the Dukes of James Madison and then a weekend road series against the Penn State Nittany Lions. The Terps hope to have Bloom healthy for next weekend.

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