By Jimmy Perrino
The Maryland Terrapins (4-0) started out their South Alabama Classic Tournament with a bang. They jumped on South Alabama early and never looked back. Singles by Nick Cieri, Kevin Martir and Andrew Bechtold in the top of the 1st combined to plate four as Maryland built an early, and insurmountable lead.
The top of the order continued to do major damage. In the second inning LaMonte Wade singled in Brandon Lowe to continue the Terps red-hot start with the bats and chase Austin Stephens (0-1) from the game.
LaMonte Wade had four hits Friday, and is now 8-for-16 on the season
Cameron Cochran came in to pitch for USA and shut down the Terps until the 5th inning. Jose Cuas led off the top of the frame by reaching on a Bud Collura throwing error. Martir doubled him to third and Tim Lewis managed to beat a drawn-in infield to drive in Cuas.
Kevin Martir turned around a slow start to the season, finishing the day 3-for-4, with a RBI and a run scored.
The sixth inning was also good to the Terps. Anthony Papio reached on an error and Kevin Smith promptly knocked him in with a single to left field. After a Lowe fly ball moved Smith to third, Wade knocked him in as well with his third hit of the evening, giving Mike Shawaryn an 8 run lead to work with.
LaMonte Wade continued right where he left off in Myrtle Beach with another huge day, contributing 4 hits and scoring a run, as well as driving in two.
Maryland hit well, but the real story today was on the mound. Mike Shawaryn (2-0) was as dominant as an ace should be. To say his stuff was unhittable may be a stretch, but to say nobody on South Alabama could square him up is just about spot on. He finished this very impressive outing with equally as impressive numbers. The final line for Shawaryn was 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 72 P. The balls he allowed to be put in play were fairly split, inducing 6 groundouts and 9 flyouts.
Redshirt freshman RHP Ryan Selmer and freshman LHP Willie Rios made their first career pitching appearances for the Terps in the eighth and ninth innings. Neither allowed a run and Rios struck out one.
The South Alabama Classic in Mobile, AL continues tomorrow as the undefeated Terps (4-0) take on the No. 26 UCF Knights (5-0) at 3pm, and on Sunday when they play the No. 28 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1) at 11am. Maryland’s probable pitchers are LHP Tayler Stiles and RHP Brian Shaffer, respectively.