LSU (2-0) won the opening series today with a 5-1 victory over Maryland (0-2) in the second game of the series at Alex Box Stadium.
The Tigers defeated Maryland 1-0 on Friday night and Game 3 begins tomorrow at noon.
Ryan Eades threw 6.1 scoreless innings for the Tigers and allowed six hits and also struck out six batters.
Kevin Berry came in for Eades in the 7th inning and earned the win, going 2/3 innings before Paul Mainieri brought in the southpaw Chris Cotton to finish the game.
Cotton allowed the Terrapins only run of the afternoon and series so far.
“For a while I wasn’t sure we would score a run, but we finally broke through in the seventh with some timely hitting,” said Mainieri after the game.
That inning Mason Katz and Jacoby Jones were able to draw back-to-back walks with one out. After the walks Maryland replaced starting pitcher, Brady Fitzpatrick, with Ben Brewster.
Alex Edward came in to pinch hit for Tyler Moore and started the rally with an RBI single. Edward hit a single through the right side of the infield, and Katz scored from second. Jones advanced to third on the hit.
"That was a tremendous at-bat by Alex, who is going to play a vital role for us this season," Mainieri said. "He's a senior and one of the leaders of our team, and he's off to a great start. He's really swinging the bat well right now."
LSU then put on a squeeze play with Ty Ross at bat. Ross placed the bunt perfectly into no-man’s land in between the first baseman and the pitcher. Jones scored on the play and all runners were safe at first and second.
Christian Ibarra kept things going with a hard hit ball between first and second. Jared Foster, who entered the game as a pinch runner, scored from second on the play and Ross was able to advance to third on the play.
With Sciambra at bat, the Terps elected to go to the bullpen again. Head coach John Szefc brought in right-hander Jake Stinnett, who threw a passed ball and Ross was able to score.
Cotton was called on to face the Terrapins for a second time in two days in the top of the 8th. Shortstop Blake Schmit led the inning off with a blooper base hit to centerfield.
Charlie White was up next and moved Schmit over with a sacrifice bunt. The next batter was Jordan Hagel and the right fielder hit a hard line drive into right field and Schmit scored on the hit.
The top of the 9th began with Raph Rhymes being hit by a pitch. Rhymes advanced to second on a Jacoby Jones’ grounder to the first baseman.
Junior outfielder Sean McMullen then delivered with an RBI single into right field to make it 5-1.
Maryland made it exciting in the top of the 9th with a LaMonte Wade one-out double down the first baseline. Cotton calmed down and retired the next two batters to end the game.
Lefty Brent Bonvillain is set to make the start tomorrow, since Cotton was used in both of the games already this series.