COLLEGE PARK, Md., April 17, 2012 - Three Maryland pitchers combined on a three hitter as part of a 3-0 shutout over James Madison in a non-conference baseball game on Tuesday evening at Shipley Field at Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium.
UM improved to 25-14 overall while JMU dropped to 11-25-1. The Dukes had previously won six of the last seven meetings with the Terrapins, including the last two games at Shipley Field.
On Tuesday night, starter Michael Boyden allowed three hits in four innings with four strikeouts. Brady Kirkpatrick worked four innings of relief to earn the victory, and Korey Wacker allowed just a hit batter in the ninth for his second save. The two relievers combined on five no-hit innings and retired 15 of the last 18 batters faced. Altogether, Maryland pitchers faced four batters over the minimum.
It was the ninth shutout of the season by the Terps, who pulled into a tie for the national lead in shutouts along with Liberty, which also holds a 9-0 shutout over JMU. Maryland also entered the night eighth nationally with a 2.72 ERA and just outside the top 10 in opponent batting average.
Senior Josh Futter (Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake) took the loss with two runs allowed on four hits in four innings as the starter. The right-hander has posted good numbers in his career while playing 20 miles from his hometown with a 3.65 ERA in 12 1/3 total innings at Shipley Field.
Shortstop Alredo Rodriguez had the big hit for the Terps with a two-run double in the fourth to break a 0-0 tie. Maryland had the bases loaded with no outs when the Dukes turned the 5-2-3 double play. However, Rodriguez followed with what proved to be the game-winning double into the corner in left.
The Terrapins added a sacrifice fly by outfielder Jordan Hagel in the fifth to make it 3-0. Hagel finished the night 2-for-2 with an RBI and a sacrifice hit.
JMU's only hits came from infielder Casey Goss (Springfield, Mo./Glendale), left fielder Colby Roberts (Benton, Ark./Benton) and third baseman Bradley Shaban (Midlothian, Va./Cosby). Goss extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
The best opportunities for the Dukes came with a runner stranded on third base in the first inning and with a pair of two-out singles in the fourth.
JMU has its lone home contest over a current nine-game stretch on Wednesday night when it hosts VMI at 6:30 p.m. with a live HD video production available on MadiZONE.