Maryland baseball falls in pitcher’s duel

Maryland starter Jake Drossner was sensational on Sunday afternoon as he fanned six batters over weight innings of work. (Mandatory Credit: Rebecca Rainey/The Diamondback)

Lefties Jake Drossner tossed a gem for the Maryland baseball team in a pitcher’s duel.

However, Cal-State Fullerton got the last laugh in a 1-0 win. Titans second baseman Taylor Bryant provided the only run of the afternoon on a solo home run off reliever Alex Robinson in the 10th inning.

Bryant’s home run was one of only four hits for Cal-State Fullerton on Sunday.

Robinson hadn’t allowed a run all season in 15 appearances. The lefty also hadn’t hit any batters, but plunked a pair of Titans in the ninth inning before escaping damage.

The story of the day really was all about pitching.

Just one day removed from having the bullpen pitch the entire game, Drossner tossed an absolute gem. Over his eight innings of work, he only allowed three hits while striking out six Titans and only walking one. Drossner also put together five clean innings, where he didn’t allow a single baserunner.

Titans starter John Gavin did just as admirable job as Drossner throughout Sunday afternoon’s contest. The freshman threw seven shut-out innings in which he only allowed three hits while striking out six Terps and walking only one.

As for the Maryland offense, they definitely had their chances to score throughout the game.

In the first inning, second baseman Brandon Lowe led off the inning by flying out. However, shortstop Kevin Smith singled to center field then catcher Kevin Martir was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second base with only one out. In the very next at-bat, third baseman Jose Cuas was first-pitch swinging, and flew out to deep center field. Smith was able to move up to third base, but was stranded by outfielder Anthony Papio (struck out).

In the sixth inning, Smith led off the inning with a single to left field. However, Martir followed by grounding into a double play to put two outs on the scoreboard.

In the same inning, Cuas walked and Papio reached on an error to put runners on first and second base. Designated hitter was up next, but ended up grounding out to short to end the threat.

The Terps wasted a great effort from Drossner, but did manage to take two out of three games from the Titans.

Maryland will look to rebound as they begin a home-and-home series with VCU on Tuesday in College Park.