College Park, MD- Junior right-hander Sean Monaghan logged Hofstra's first quality start of the season but Maryland struck for three runs in the seventh inning as the Pride fell to the Terps, 6-3, at Shipley Field on Friday afternoon.
Sophomore Matt Hancock (Old Lyme, CT) registered a second-inning RBI groundout and junior E.J. Smith (Bethpage, NY) also drove in a run before Hofstra fell to 0-7. Maryland starter Eric Potter allowed one run on four hits in six innings to help the Terps improve to 3-6.
Monaghan (East Meadow, NY) posted Hofstra's best pitching performance of the season in his first start, limiting Atlantic Coast Conference-member Maryland to two runs (one earned) on just three hits in six innings.
Monaghan walked just once but still picked up his first loss. Brandon Padula's run-scoring single to right plated Alfredo Rodriguez with the game's first run in the opening inning.
Hancock supported Monaghan when he drove home senior Elliot Hagburg (East Hanover, NJ) in Hofstra's next at-bat. Monaghan would not allow another earned run, though the Terps scored again in the bottom of the second.
A walk and a throwing error put runners on the corners before Monaghan recorded a key strike out and induced a fly out. Tyler Bennett scored the unearned run on the sacrifice fly, helping Maryland improve to 5-1 in the all-time series.
Maryland scored three insurance runs in the seventh to secure the win. The Terps worked back-to-back walks off righty reliever David D'Errico (North Kingstown, RI). Junior Jeff Guthridge (Bel Air, MD) entered in the game and Maryland sacrificed the runners into scoring position. Guthridge then intentionally walked the next hitter to load the bases and set up a potential double play.
David Poutier followed with a RBI single to right and Maryland tacked on two more runs in the inning. The Terps added another run in the eighth off a throwing error.
Hofstra will face Maryland in the middle contest of a three-game set on Saturday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.