by Matt Present
On a sunny afternoon in West Lafayette, Indiana, Mike Shawaryn toed the slab. His team had already given him a 2-0 lead. He would need no more. The National Pitcher of the Week picked apart the Boilermakers lineup, striking out 10 while becoming the winningest pitcher in Maryland history. Shawaryn has now thrown 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
The first two runs came via a Kevin Martir home run to score Kevin Smith. In the third, Smith would knock one out of the park himself, his fourth home run on the year. The Maryland offense would add single run innings in the fourth and seventh, but the big inning came in the fifth. The visitors scored four and batting around in the inning, highlighted by a Jose Cuas single with the bases loaded to drive in Martir and Brandon Lowe.
But the day belonged to Shawaryn. The sophomore righty struck out seven of the nine Boilermaker starters, including a hat-trick on Purdue’s leading hitter Kyle Wood. Shawaryn recorded a strikeout in five of his seven innings pitched, and struck out the side in the bottom of the first to set the tone for the remainder of the day.
After Jack Piekos allowed three earned runs in relief in the eighth, Brian Shaffer worked a 1-2-3 ninth to finish off the 12-3 win. With the victory, the Terps improve to 28-13 overall and 9-4 in the Big Ten. They will take on Purdue again at about 8pm. Friday night as Rob Galligan bids for the doubleheader sweep.