RECAP: Terps trounce Buckeyes 13-4

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The Maryland Terrapins baseball team recorded a season-high 19 hits en route to a 13-4 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night.

At Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, OH, Terps ace Mike Shawaryn took the mound for his 13th start of the season. The sophomore, earlier named to the Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list, went seven innings, yielding two runs (one earned), giving up six hits, walking three and striking out eight. The win gave him his 11th on the season, tying his own single-season record and extending his own career record.

However, it was the offense, not Shawaryn’s dominance, that was the story Friday.

LaMonte Wade scored the game’s first run—leading off with a double and subsequently scoring on Brandon Lowe’s RBI single. The Buckeye would battle back with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the frame, and take the lead with another sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning.

But, that was all the damage Ohio State would do until the eight inning, when the Terps lead had become insurmountable.

The Terps scored three runs in the 3rd inning, one in the 4th inning on Kevin Smith’s seventh home run of the season, and another three runs in the 5th inning to take an 8-2 lead. Hits from Lowe, Jamal Wade, Tim Lewis and Kengo Kawahara keyed the respective rallies.

The Maryland offense exploded in the 8th inning, scoring five runs and batting around. After Kevin Martir walked, Jose Cuas drove him in with a triple. Cuas later scored on a single from Lewis, his third hit and second RBI of the evening. Kawahara followed with a double, plating Papio, who had walked. Finally, LaMonte Wade followed suit, driving in Kawahara and Lewis with a single of his own. Every starter had at least one hit, and eight of the nine starters had an RBI.

Bobby Ruse relieved Shawaryn in the eighth inning and gave up two runs on four hits to bring the score to 13-4, where it would remain. Mike Rescigno, in his third appearance of the season, put the finishing touches on the game in the 9th inning, retiring the Buckeyes in order.

The Terps offense went 10-19 with nine RBIs with two outs, 11-28 with runners on base and 8-18 with runners in scoring position. The bottom third of the order alone—J. Wade, Lewis and Kawahara—combined for four runs, eight hits and six RBIs.

With the win, the Terps move to 34-16, 12-7, tying their regular season wins mark from last year with six games left to play. The in-conference victory also brings them into a tie for third place with the Buckeyes, who are now 33-14, 12-7.

Rob Galligan will take the mound for Maryland in the second game of the series, on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

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