by: Matt Present
Just when you thought Mike Shawaryn’s earned run average couldn’t get any lower, it did. Shawaryn riffled through the Iowa Hawkeye lineup, striking out nine, while allowing just one earned run, and he moved into second place all-time at Maryland, picking up his 19th career victory. “It means a lot, it’s mind blowing and kind of takes the words out of your mouth,” said Shawaryn of his place in the record books. “It’s pretty special to hold a record…it means a lot to the program and where we are going.”
The sophomore right hander who leads the nation with a perfect 8-0 record in nine starts this season threw more pitches tonight than in any other start this season, yet his final pitch may have been his fastest, as he blew a heater by Taylor Kaufman to end his night with eight stellar innings in the books. Ryan Selmer recorded a scoreless ninth, and Maryland won it 10-1 to hand Iowa its first loss this season in Big Ten play.
Iowa starter Tyler Payton pitched much better than his line would indicate. The Terps got on the board in the second when Kengo Kawahara doubled to drive in Jamal Wade and Justin Morris, who had been hit by a pitch and singled, respectively. However until the sixth, those were the Terps only two hits. That all changed in the sixth when Payton’s command wavered, and Iowa coach Rick Heller pulled him with two men on and a run home.
As has been the case all season for Maryland, the faces of relief pitchers appear to jolt the Terps lineup. A lack of control from the Hawkeye relievers only added to that. The bullpen walked three of the first four batters they faced.
The Terps took a 5-1 lead to the eighth, and then they piled it on. They batted around for the second time in the game. Kawahara drove in his third run of the game with a single to right to score Jamal Wade’s pinch runner Zach Jancarski. “I usually try to sit fastball” said Kawahara, “but he broke off a couple, but then on 3-2 I sat back on the fastball and I got it.” Later in the inning, Jose Cuas launched his sixth home run of the season, a three run shot to score Kawahara and Lowe.
Game 2 of the series will come your way at 2pm on Saturday, as Tayler Stiles will oppose Iowa righty Blake Hickman. That game will be simulcast on TV on BTN+ and BTN2go.