By Jimmy Perrino
John Szefc earned his 300th win as a head coach today as Maryland (17-5) beat the Wolverines (12-12) 3-1. Mike Shawaryn (6-0) was sensational on the mound again for the Terrapins. In his second ever Big 10 start, Shawaryn earned his sixth win of the year. He was dominant, tossing seven and one third innings of one run baseball, only allowing five hits while striking out seven. His dominance is not unexpected as is ERA on the season is now 2.11 and his WHIP is .830.
Junior Jacob Cronenworth (1-2) got the surprise start for Michigan, his first of the season. Not only is he their leadoff hitter, he has spent the season working out of the bullpen, even closing games for the Wolverines. Cronenworth had shut down stuff early and was strong throughout the day, striking out nine Terps in five innings of work. Curiously for a bullpen arm, he finished stronger than he started, retiring the final nine batters he faced.
The best-hit ball of the day was off the bat of Brandon Lowe who drove his fifth home run of the year, deep to right field to lead off the third inning. The only other blemish on the mound for Cronenworth came an inning earlier when a Nick Cieri single was rewarded three batters later as Kevin Biondic drove him in.
Lowe added a third Terp run in the seventh inning when his sac-fly with the bases loaded brought Tim Lewis home. Lowe’s offense led the team. He finished with two RBIs and a run scored. Cieri also had a strong day at the plate with two hits and scored a run as well.
Kevin Mooney was called on to make a four out save. Tayler Stiles got the second out in the eighth via infield pop out, but allowed a man to score after hitting Kyle Jusick with the bases loaded. Mooney ended the inning with his second pitch, forcing a pop out in foul ground down the first base line. In the ninth Mooney was just as good, and set the Wolverines down in order, earning his third save of the season.
The double header will continue at 3:30 today and the series will conclude tomorrow at noon. Maryland is expected to pitch freshman LHP Willie Rios (1-0) and senior RHP Bobby Ruse (4-0), respectively.