Saturday’s doubleheader was an historic one for the Maryland Baseball program, as its sweep over the Campbell Fighting Camels gave it a 7-0 start to the 2022 season — the best start to a season in program history.
With the weekend rotation proving once again that it’s a terrifying three-headed monster, Ryan Ramsey and Jason Savacool made for smooth sailing in the doubleheader sweep, starting with Ramsey’s game one gem.
It may have taken the lefty a few innings to settle in as walks posed an early struggle, but Ramsey was in cruise control from the third inning on. Following a one-out walk, he sent down 11-straight batters through the next three innings, rendering the Campbell offense useless.
“He’s coming out 95-97 in the first, just with some power stuff,” said Coach Rob Vaughn on Ramsey’s performance. “On the other side I don’t think Ramsey had his best stuff today, but that’s what I said. That’s the definition of what competing is — Ramsey didn’t have his best stuff but he got better as the game went, and he went seven innings, one run.”
It was Ramsey’s best start since his pivotal eight-inning outing in the Greenville Regional last year, as he ultimately pitched seven innings of one-run ball to go with six strikeouts.
The Terps offense wasn’t much to write home about as well, as Campbell’s Cade Kuehler didn’t allow any runs on hits. But it was the Terps’ ability to manufacture runs that led the way to a 3-1 win in game one.
All it took were three RBI groundouts split evenly between Chris Alleyne, Bobby Zmarzlak, and Troy Schreffler.
With the overall offense fizzling out after the sixth inning, it was up to the Terps’ bullpen to shut the door. That duty would fall between Will Glock and Nigel Belgrave, who together recorded the final six outs to get Maryland to its historic 6-0 start.
Just a few hours later, that would turn into a 7-0 start as the pitching dominance continued into game two, and it would also be Coach Vaughn’s 100th career coaching win.
This time, Savacool — on a day short of normal rest — carved up the Camels for a career-high 10 strikeouts in seven innings of stress-free pitching. The Terps offense made it quite easy for the righty to cruise along, piling on nine runs against some shaky Campbell pitching to take the series finale, 9-2.
“We talked to him yesterday when we thought we were going to play a doubleheader just to see where he’s at,” said Vaughn on Savacool. “That guy’s just the ultimate competitor. He wants the ball, he never wants to be taken out of games, and as a coach those are fun guys to run out there.”
The Camels deployed George Ferguson for three innings, and he successfully kept his team in the game for three innings before errors started piling up, allowing the Terps to break through in a big way.
A Camels solo home run may have tied the game in the third, but six runs between the fourth and fifth innings gave the Terps an insurmountable lead the rest of game.
The middle of the Terps’ order was to thank for most of the damage, as Zmarlzak, Maxwell Costes, and Schreffler accounted for five hits, three RBI and three runs scored.
The Terps’ bats would cool down in the last few frames of the game, and with Campbell mustering up just one more run against Savacool, it was an easy finish for the Terps as the bullpen closed the door.
The bullpen effort was split between Matt Orlando and Ryan Van Buren, who both recorded their first career strikeouts and wrapped up an historic series sweep.
While the weekend was certainly memorable, Coach Vaughn isn’t letting the program-best 7-0 start get to his players’ heads.
“I think we’re in a good place as far as where we’re at right now,” said Vaughn. “But like we said, that means nothing. Delaware does not care about our record, I can tell you that, and they’re playing pretty good baseball right now, so we’ll have to come out on Tuesday and take another step forward.”