COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins broke up a scoreless pitchers duel with four runs in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth on their way to defeating Coppin State, 7-1, for the second time this season, in a non-conference matchup Tuesday night at Shipley Field.
Starting pitchers Nick Ericson
and Tim Kearney went back and forth through the first four innings, each allowing minimal base runners and no damage. Maryland broke through in the fifth with four runs, the big blow coming off the bat of Matt Murphy. With a runner on first, Murphy blasted his ninth home run of the year off the first pitch he saw from Ericson over the left field fence and a 3-0 lead for the Terrapins. The run scored by Murphy would be the only earned run in the inning as the Eagles defense committed an error and allowed a passed ball behind Ericson.
Kearney was lifted from the ball game after five innings, allowing just two singles to Angel Recci
and Jerry Matos
, while walking one and striking out seven Eagle hitters to earn his first win of the season and the second of his career.
Maryland extended their lead in the sixth off of Ericson behind a one out, two-run double off of the bat of AJ Casario, which made it 6-0 Terrapins and after the following batter was hit by a pitch, Ericson’s night was over. The freshman allowed four earned runs on eight hits in and five and one-third innings, walking three and striking out four.
The Eagles got their only run in the top half of the eighth inning. Archie Scott
led off the inning with a single and stole second base. After a strike out, Angel Recci
singled down the left field line, scoring Scott and ruining the Terrapins shutout bid.
Coppin State did threaten in their final at-bat, loading the bases with two outs, before reliever Nathan Steelman struck out Sean Yampierre
to end the ball game.
Recci, Matos and Archie Scott
combined for the Eagles four hits. Harry Williams
finished the night 0-for-3, which snapped his eight game hitting streak.
Coppin State will play their sixth game in five days on Wednesday April 9, when they go on the road to play Saint Peters College in Jersey City, New Jersey with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m.