If game one of this Baylor series showcased Maryland’s prowess on the mound, today showcased the Terps’ ability to produce on offense as they defeated the Bears, 9-5.
Just like Friday night, the Maryland bats got things going early. After a leadoff walk by Luke Shliger and a base hit from Chris Alleyne, Matt Shaw got the Terps on the board with an RBI double.
The Terps then got some help from the Baylor defense, scoring two runs on third baseman Esteban Cardoza-Oquendo’s throwing error. A Troy Schreffler base hit gave Maryland a four-run lead before starter Ryan Ramsey had thrown a single pitch.
The offensive barrage continued in the third when Bobby Zmarzlak led off launching a home run over the center field wall, extending the Maryland lead to five.
Three more runs off a second RBI hit from Shaw and a two-run double from Maxwell Costes made it an 8-2 game in the sixth. Shaw looks to already be in mid-season form, going four-for-five with a double and two RBI.
One more insurance run in the ninth gave Maryland a comfortable lead with three outs to go.
This offensive performance was more than enough for the second game in a row, the Terps got a solid performance out its starter.
While Ramsey’s start today was certainly a bit more shaky than Nick Dean’s opening day gem, he proved why Head Coach Rob Vaughn inserted him as the Saturday starter for this team.
Baylor threatened on multiple occasions early on, putting runners in scoring position three times in the first four innings. Though he did give up two runs off a Cortlan Castle double in the fourth, he was still able to strand at least one runner on second or third in each of those innings. From there it was smooth sailing as he set the Bears down in order in the fifth and sixth innings.
Ramsey finished the afternoon with three strikeouts, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings of work.
After picking up one more run off Sean Heine in eighth, Baylor put together one last desperation rally in the ninth against Nigel Belgrave. The Bears put up two more runs, but could not complete the comeback, and the Terps will start this new season 2-0.
These two teams will meet one more time tomorrow at 2 P.M. for the Sunday series finale. Sophomore Jason Savacool (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get his first chance to take the mound after an up-and-down 2021 season. His counterpart for Baylor will be Nevada-transfer Jake Jackson (0-0, 0.00 ERA).