by: Matt Present
The Terps (13-4) fell behind 5-1 early, but the resilience of the team continues to show, as they scored 14 unanswered runs to defeat the Phoenix (8-10) 15-5.
While one might point to the bats in such an offensive outburst, it was the pitching of Ryan Selmer that was most crucial for Maryland. The red-shirt freshman tossed 4 and two thirds scoreless innings in relief of Brian Shaffer, allowing just two hits, and was able to work the Terps out of a bases loaded jam in the 3rd inning en route to victory.
“He throws a lot of strikes,” head coach John Szefc said of Selmer. “His fastball isn’t straight, it sinks a lot so he gets a lot of ground balls. He bounces back well so he can go back-to-back days. If you throw strikes and you’re not walking guys, you’re going to pitch a lot here.”
Elon smacked Shaffer around launching two no-doubt home runs to right, off the bats of Chris King and James Venuto. The Terps bats responded with two homers of their own in the 7th, as Brandon Lowe carried one out the other way, and Kevin Martir also gave one a ride over the left field fence. Lowe finished with four hits and three RBI and was a triple short of the cycle. Martir added three hits and three RBI in the win.
“We’re staying locked in to at bats and getting better as the game goes on,” Szefc said. “It’s getting difficult for opposing teams to get us out 27 times. That’s what our offensive goal is.”
The Terps took the lead for good in the 8th, when Zacch Jancarski, pinch running for Nick Cieri, scored on a wild pitch, and center fielder Kengo Kawahara blew the game open with a hard grounder through the middle to score Kevin Biondic and Anthony Papio.
The Terps and Phoenix will be back in action for game two of the weekday series tomorrow at 4pm. Junior left hander Jake Drossner will get the ball for Maryland, and he will be opposed by sophomore right hander Mike Krill for Elon.