Brian Shaffer continued his great season for the Terps throwing 115 pitches, while going eight innings and striking out ten batters. He lead Maryland (14-7) to a 7-2 victory over the Michigan Wolverines (16-5).
Michigan, the only ranked team in the Big Ten, had won 14 of their last 16 games heading into the series against Maryland. They faced a Terrapin team who has still not lost at home in the 2017 season. While Shaffer pitched well, the offense gave him plenty of support.
Marty Costes got the scoring started for Maryland with a deep home run in the first inning. Then, in the second inning, the Terps opened the game up. Kevin Smith tripled to right field on a ball that could have been caught by Wolverine right fielder Jonathan Engelmann. Madison Nickens then recorded an infield single to score Smith. A few batters later, Justin Morris crushed a no-doubt three-run home run over the batter’s eye in center field.
Oliver Jaskie started the game for the Wolverines, and pitched much better than his line (6.1 IP, 5 ER, 10 K) indicated. The four-run second inning for Maryland could have been avoided had Kevin Smith’s triple been caught. Jaskie even set down ten consecutive Maryland batters at one point.
Michigan scored their two runs in the third inning, cutting the Maryland lead at the time to just two, but were quiet the rest of the way. Those two runs came on a Michael Brdar double. Ryan Selmer shut the door for the Terps, facing the minimum in the ninth.
It was not a save for Selmer though, as Maryland scored two in the eighth to give him some insurance. He was helped by a 6-4-3 double-play in the ninth by a slick fielding Maryland infield.
Maryland, now 9-0 in College Park, will continue their series against the 18th ranked Wolverines tomorrow at home at 7 p.m.