by: Matt Present
When Tayler Stiles took a line drive to the face on the second pitch of the game last Saturday, it was Rob Galligan to settle the Terps down. After calling all of his fielders together, he proceeded to work six strong innings, allowing just one earned run, and striking out six. The mental toughness and stability he demonstrated, earned him his first career start a week later, and Galligan made the most of it.
The redshirt junior, who at one point retired 10 consecutive batters, struck out 10, without walking a batter, in 7 innings, helping Maryland (29-13, 10-4) to a 7-3 victory. The only runs Galligan gave up came on a Kyle Johnson big fly in the bottom of the first which, at the time, tied the game at 2. The Terps got on the board in the top of the frame on a single by Kevin Martir to score LaMonte Wade and Kevin Smith.
The Terps reclaimed the lead in the third, when Jose Cuas belted a triple to the wall in right-center to bring Brandon Lowe and Anthony Papio home. Cuas then broke for home on an infielder grounder, and scored, when the throw home from third baseman Brandon Krieg hit him in the back.
Maryland got one more in the top of the eighth when Smith doubled home Zach Jancarski, who was pinch running for Willie Rios. Purdue responded in the bottom in the inning as Kyle Wood drove a single up the middle to plate Johnson. In the ninth the Terps quickly loaded the bases, and were able to generate one more insurance run when Tim Lewis grounded back to the mound, but reliever Kyle Van Hoeck mishandled the ball attempting to get Martir at the plate.
Kevin Mooney came on to work a perfect ninth, striking out two. On the day, Shawayrn and Galligan combined to strike out 20, while not walking a single batter. Perhaps the the Terps have finally found that elusive one-two punch in their weekend rotation.
Maryland will look to go for the sweep on Sunday at noon, as the Terps will send Jake Drossner to the hill to face Gavin Downs. Drossner is coming off his best start of the season, when he tossed eight innings of scoreless ball against Cal State Fullerton last Sunday.