by: Matt Present
Marty Costes belted his team leading 8th home run of the season, every inning of the game featured a Maryland base runner, as did every spot in the lineup; however the day belonged to Mike Shawaryn. The Terrapin right hander threw eight dominant innings, striking out ten, to lead Maryland (20-18, 6-5) past Purdue (7-29, 2-12), 6-0, Saturday.
“I thought I attacked the zone really well today,” said Shawaryn, “I’m just going to try to build off this and try to be more consistent.”
Only two different batters in the Boilermaker order reached base against Shawaryn, and of the four base runners he allowed, not one of them reached second base. He set down 15 of the final 16 batters he faced, while tying his season high in punchouts.
The scoring began with Costes’ second inning home run, which he tucked just inside the left field foul pole, and ended when Anthony Papio deposited an eighth inning fastball over the Regional Championship banner on right-center field wall.
In between, the top of the Terps lineup strung together three straight hits in the third to plate a run, and then manufactured two more runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Madison Nickens, who had three hits on the day, and a sac fly from Nick Dunn.
The Terps tagged starter Matt Frawley for four runs and reliever Brian Ghiselli for two more, to even the series at a game a piece. Meanwhile Mike Rescigno worked a scoreless ninth to complete the shutout for the Terps.
The two teams will face off tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. in the rubber game of the three game series. Taylor Bloom (5-2, 2.10) will get the start for Maryland, and he will be opposed by Shane Bryant (0-2, 5.85) for Purdue. The game can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network and will also be streamed live on BTN+, with Matt Present and Liam Beatus on the call.