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Baseball Looks to Continue Upswing Wednesday against Maryland
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/26/2013

James Madison will look to continue the positive momentum it has built from the past weekend after earning their first victories of the year against Binghamton when it hosts Maryland on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

JMU split the weekend series with Binghamton after winning the second game of both double-headers on Saturday and Sunday. JMU dropped the first game of the series 8-4, but rebounded in a strong way to win the second game of the double-header, 9-1.

JMU had 12 hits in that second game, including solo home runs by junior Ty McFarland and senior Bradley Shaban, the first of the season for the Dukes. Redshirt sophomore Luke Drayer pitched five innings, giving up one earned run off of seven hits, three strikeouts and one walk to get his first collegiate win.  Freshman Mark Gunst came on in relief and threw four innings of scoreless baseball to pick up his first collegiate save in his first career appearance.

On Sunday, Binghamton once again claimed the first game of the double-header 5-1, but JMU stormed back and coasted to a 14-1 victory in the second contest. JMU grabbed an early big lead at 4-0 in the second game and broke the game open with nine runs in the third to coast to the 14-1 victory, giving the Dukes two wins in their last three games.

Sophomore outfielder Chad Carroll was 3-for-4 and just a double away from hitting for the cycle but finished with four runs, four RBIs, a home run and a triple to help lead the offense.  Senior right fielder Cole McInturff contributed two hits and a career-high five RBIs, including a three-run home run in the third inning.  It was his first career home run in his 151st career game.

Not to be overshadowed by the 16 hits from the offense, four JMU pitchers combined to toss a three-hitter.  Redshirt sophomore Michael Howerton rebounded from a tough first outing to allow one run on three hits over six innings to improve to 1-0. The three relief pitchers also combined for three innings, no hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

Scouting Maryland

The Terrapins are coming off of a four-game weekend series sweep against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, to improve to 4-3 on the year. The Terrapins had strong offensive outings in all four games this weekend, producing a combined 35 runs in the weekend series, including a 15-4 win in the first game. The Terps were also extremely aggressive on the bags, as they stole a combined 26 bases over the four-game series, including a program-record 11 stolen bases in game one on Friday. Redshirt sophomore Charlie White stole an impressive 10 bases by himself, including three in Friday night's contest.

Overall, Maryland is undefeated at home so far but has yet to win a game on the road, something the Terps will look to change when they travel to Virginia for Wednesday's game. Maryland is hitting .283 as a team but holding opponents to a paltry .247 average. The Terps' starting pitchers have done a good job so far this year, holding a combined 3.08 ERA, while allowing just 14 runs and striking out 29 in 33 1/3 innings pitched. Junior right-hander Brady Kirkpatrick has shined for the Terps this year, holding a 1-1 record with a 1.59 ERA and allowing just five hits over 11 1/3 innings. On the offensive end, redshirt sophomore Charlie White has been stellar, batting an impressive .458, with 11 hits and 10 stolen bases.

Series History

JMU leads the all-time series against Maryland 31-22-1 and has found recent success with six wins in the last eight meetings. Maryland claimed the last game, a 3-0 home win for the Terps, but JMU had won the previous four contests. The Dukes claimed a 13-12 win in the most recently played contest between the two teams in Harrisonburg.

Starting Pitchers

Wednesday, 4 p.m.

JMU - Ben Garner, So., RHP (0-0, 7.20 ERA)

Garner allowed four runs in four innings in his first start of the season, an 11-9 loss to the Longwood Lancers. Garner allowed seven hits and walked three, but also racked up nine strikeouts in just four innings of work.

Maryland - Jake Drossner, Fr., RHP (0-0, 13.50 ERA)

Drossner will be making his first collegiate start for the Terrapins on Wednesday. In two relief appearances, Drossner has allowed three runs and two hits over two innings of work.

NOTE: The game was originally scheduled for MadiZONE audio coverage but will not be broadcast due to conflicts following the schedule change.

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