Maryland stroked 16 runs on 23 hits against the Big Ten’s top pitching staff Saturday afternoon in College Park, Md. to sweep a doubleheader from No. 18 Nebraska.
No. 17 Maryland (21-7) got strong starting pitching performances from Mike Shawaryn and Tayler Stiles. The Terps are now a perfect 9-0 at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.
Game 1 Recap – 8-3 Maryland
Terps small-ball their way to big inning, Shawaryn does the rest
In what was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel, both teams got the bats going early. Nebraska scored a run on a pair of singles in the first and Maryland answered with a run on three hits.
The score remained tied at one until the fourth when Brandon Lowe dropped an RBI single into centerfield to score Justin Morris, giving Maryland a 2-1 lead. They tacked on another in the fifth on a solo home run from sophomore Nick Cieri.
After Nebraska pulled to within one in the sixth, the Terps used small ball to put the game away in the seventh. After Lowe led off with a single, Cornhusker reliever Max Knutson threw a Kevin Smith bunt into the right field bullpen, allowing Lowe to score to give Maryland a 4-2 lead. Kevin Martir would promptly double to the left field wall to make it 5-2. After Jose Cuas walked, Maryland bunted three straight times, two of which Nebraska couldn’t handle. The Terrapins finished the inning with four runs and opened up a 7-2 lead.
Starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn was terrific in a winning effort, scattering two earned runs on five hits while striking out six. He finished the seventh inning with a key strikeout of Nebraska’s Elijah Dilday, freezing the lefty to preserve the 3-2 lead. Saturday’s win is Shawaryn’s 18th of this career. He is now two off the school record.
Rob Galligan added two innings of scoreless relief to finish off the win.
Game 2 Recap – 8-2 Terps
Terps hand Kubat an early exit, finish off big day
Nebraska’s Kyle Kubat started the second game Saturday 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA, but Maryland got to him early and often. The Terps set the tone with three runs on four hits in the first, capped by a two-out, two-run single by senior left fielder Tim Lewis.
They added another in the third on a solo home run from Brandon Lowe, before knocking out Kubat in the fifth when they plated two more.
Tayler Stiles earned the win for Maryland, tossing seven innings of one-run ball. Stiles struck out eight and did not walk a batter.
Maryland knocked around the Big Ten’s best pitching staff Saturday, an offensive barrage that was spearheaded by their stars:
Brandon Lowe – 4-for-7, HR, 3 RBIs, 4 R, BB, HBP
Kevin Martir – 4-for-9, 2 doubles, RBI, 3 R
Jose Cuas – 4-for-8, BB, 4 R
Nick Cieri – 4-for-7, HR, 4 RBI, R
To hear Martir and Cuas talk about their team’s big offensive outpet, listen to the clip below: