by Jimmy Perrino
Maryland (6-1) rode Mike Shawaryn’s right arm to victory today, in Emerson, Georgia, over Appalachian State (3-4). Shawaryn (3-0) pitched seven innings of two hit baseball. He only allowed one run, when Noah Holmes led off the 6th with a home run for the Mountaineers. Shawaryn was dominant for the majority of the afternoon, retiring 14 straight batters at one point. He allowed very few balls in play, recording a career high 12 strikeouts, fanning more than half of the 23 batters he faced.
His first and only run support came in the third inning when Jose Cuas mashed a home run to left, driving in Brandon Lowe and LaMonte Wade. Lowe reached base after being hit by a pitch for the fifth time this season. A Kevin Martir walk and a Tim Lewis single set up Andrew Bechtold, who singled to drive in the fouth run of the frame.
LaMonte Wade continued his hot start to the season, notching another two hits. He also reached on error, scored, and stole three bases. Anthony Papio also gave the team an offensive boost with a pair of doubles.
Freshman Taylor Bloom, who came into the game having given up three earned runs in two innings of work, worked a perfect eighth inning for the Terps.
The ninth inning had to be pieced together by coach John Szefc because his usual closer, Kevin Mooney, is out due to injury. Jared Price got the first out of the inning while LHP Robert Galligan got the last two and the save. Friday was Price’s first appearance of the season after coming off elbow surgery. He allowed a double to Appalachian State’s Brandon Burris, who eventually came around to score when Jaylin Davis singled him home off Galligan.
Tomorrow the Terps (6-1) will take on the Mountaineers (3-4) at 4pm. The projected pitching matchup is Maryland sophomore Tayler Stiles (0-1, 5.00) opposing Appalachian State’s Travis Holden (0-0, 0.00).