Terps Go Home Happy After a Walk off Home Run from Matt Shaw

A walk off homerun by sophomore shortstop Matt Shaw at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium gives No. 24 Maryland a 10-9 victory over Georgetown in College Park, Maryland on Friday night.

The Terps felt like they were down the entire game but never quit. At one point, Maryland trailed 9-5. Junior third basemen and pitcher Nick Lorusso pitched three shutout innings for the Terps and kept them in the. “The approach was attack, attack them and trust the defense behind me to make plays.”

Head Coach Rob Vaughn spoke about the Maryland pitching tonight.

“The story of that game is Orlando and Lorusso and the fact they were able to get some zeros in the middle and give us a chance,” said Vaughn.

On a 2-0 count in the bottom of the ninth, Shaw hit an opposite field home run that barely stayed fair down the right field line.

Shaw spoke about the game after his celebration with his teammates.

“Being able to stay positive is hard,” said Shaw. ”But you really don’t have a choice.”

The Hoyas wasted no time getting a lead when sophomore right fielder Jake Hyde took the first pitch of the game and put it over the batters’ eye in center field.

Maryland immediately counter punched as fifth year center fielder Chris Alleyne tied the game up during his first at bat with a solo home run. A few minutes later, senior first basemen Maxwell Costes gave the Terps a two-run lead with a two-run home run.

After a clean second inning, sophomore pitcher Logan Ott had the bases loaded with nobody out in the third. Junior shortstop Andrew Ciufo hit a grand slam to retake the lead for the Hoyas and knock Ott out of the game.

Maryland got a run back on a sacrifice fly from Shaw.

Georgetown answered back in the fourth with a monster three-run home run over the left field wall off the bat of graduate student second basemen Ethan Stern.

Another sacrifice fly from Maryland cut the deficit to three until sophomore center fielder Andrew Bergeron hit a solo home run into right-center field to extend the lead back to four.

“I thought our dugout fully expected us to win that game,” said Vaughn. “I don’t think anyone felt nervous.”

Down 9-5 in the seventh, the Terps loaded the bases for Lorusso, who hit into a fielder’s choice to score one run. Junior left fielder Bobby Zmarzlak came through with a clutch two out two-RBI single into left field to bring the home crowd back to life and bring the game within one run.

The Terps got leadoff hitter Alleyne on base after a Hoyas error. That error opened the door for Shaw to send the Terps home happy.

Maryland now turns its attention to Cornell, who they will be facing on Sunday after the game on Saturday was moved due to bad weather.