Maryland Sweeps Baylor Behind Home Runs From Costes, Shaw

Looking to secure a series sweep to open the 2022 season, Maryland played with purpose at the plate and on the mound, defeating Baylor, 8-3, on Sunday.

Home runs were the weapon of choice for the Terps today, getting two moonshots each from Maxwell Costes and Matt Shaw that accounted for five of Maryland’s runs.

After the game, Head Coach Rob Vaughn had nothing but praise for Shaw.

“He’s the most relentless worker and the most disciplined young player I’ve probably ever had,” said Vaughn. “He was phenomenal today, was phenomenal all weekend, and that’s going to be big for us.”

A Baylor error, Luke Shliger sacrifice-fly and Troy Schreffler RBI base hit accounted for the rest of Maryland’s scoring in the team’s second straight day with an explosion on offense.

“It’s very easy to hit when you have guys ahead of you and guys behind you like we do,” said Costes. “We have an incredibly complete lineup. I don’t there are any holes in our lineup anywhere.”

On the mound, it was Jason Savacool tabbed to contain the Baylor lineup on Sunday, and he did not disappoint. After giving up three runs in the first five innings, he dominated the Bears, facing the minimum in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

“I’ve got a couple things I definitely got to clean up before my next start,” said Savacool. “But to be able to go out there and give ourselves some length out of the start was huge.”

Savacool finished the day with six strikeouts, giving up three runs on seven hits in eight innings pitched — Maryland’s third fantastic starter performance in as many games this season.

“I think that’s kind of the story [for this weekend],” said Vaughn. “Three great starts give your offense a chance to work.”

After a one-run inning from Nick Lorusso, the Terps were on the field celebrating a season opening series sweep over Baylor.

This is Maryland’s first series sweep since May 2021 versus Purdue, and the Terps will start this new year with a 3-0 record and lots of momentum heading into the rest of the season.

Maryland’s next game will the first chance to the see the team at home as they will take UMBC at 4 P.M. on Tuesday.