Terps score four unanswered, defeat Bryant 5-3

by: Matt Present

Mike Shawaryn labored at times. In the fifth inning, it appeared he was nearing the end. But, with two runs home and the bases loaded Shawaryn reached back for something more, striking out Robby Rinn on three pitches and then getting Brandon Bingel to bounce out to second.

No only did Shawaryn escape the fifth inning jam, he proceeded to retire 6 of the next seven batters, grinding out seven innings in a 5-3 Maryland win. 

“That was vintage Mike Shawaryn,” said head coach John Szefc. “Even though it wasn’t shutout Mike Shawaryn, it was ‘I’m going to do what I have to do to get through as much as I can.'”

On the offensive side of things, it was a four-run sixth inning that propelled the Terps in front. Trailing 3-1, Marty Costes walked to lead off the inning and Kevin Biondic was hit by a pitch. Then Anthony Papio broke out of his slump, lining a double just inside the bag at first to drive in two and tie the game. 

“I wasn’t trying to do too much,” said Papio “I just got an elevated fastball and it found a hole for me which was nice to see.”

Several batters later, Madison Nickens and Nick Dunn laced back-to-back RBI singles to give Maryland the lead. The Terps batted around in the inning, chasing James Karinchak, the Bryant starter, from the game. Tayler Stiles worked a scoreless eighth and ninth for his first save of the season.

The Terps will send Taylor Bloom to the mound tomorrow, looking for his third straight victory. He will be opposed by Brandon Bingel, who was the designated hitter for the Bulldogs this afternoon. Bingel is 1-1 on the season, with a 4.61 ERA. The game can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network, with first pitch set for 2 p.m.

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