Terps Offense Stays Hot, Savacool Dominates in Rout of Siena

It was another fantastic day in all facets for Maryland on Sunday, beating Siena, 19-2, and sweeping the Saints in this weekend series.

Maryland’s first run of the game came in the third inning off Chris Alleyne’s bat, legging out an infield single and allowing a run to cross the plate. That single extended Alleyne’s hitting streak to an impressive twelve games.

The Terps offense broke the game open in the fourth when Maxwell Costes launched his eighth home run of the season over the center field wall, quickly followed by a two-run shot just three batters later from Troy Schreffler. After a stand up triple from Luke Shliger and a sacrifice fly from Alleyne, it was 7-0 Maryland in the blink of an eye.

Two Terps picked up the first home runs of their college careers with Kevin Keister sending one out in the fifth inning and Sean Lane hitting a grand slam in the seventh.

“The wind was blowing in all day, so I kind of figured it wouldn’t happen today,” said Keister. “It was a good feeling and all my teammates were happy for me.”

Prior to this series, Keister had been platooning at second base with Drew Grace and Jacob Orr, something that he had taken well, per Head Coach Rob Vaughn.

“He’s been really mature and he’s worked his tail off,” said Vaughn. “I thought Kev was outstanding this weekend.”

After a series of Maryland rallies in the seventh and eighth innings, it was clear the game was out of hand with the Terps holding a 19-run lead.

The 19 runs scored by Maryland today marks the team’s largest run total this season.

Much like Ryan Ramsey yesterday, Savacool looked locked in early, striking out six Siena batters in his first three innings of work. After five innings he had already tied his career-high with ten punchouts.

The Terps starter explained that building off of the early innings was key to a solid outing.

“It gets me into a rhythm and allows me to settle into the middle innings,” said Savacool. ”I’m usually pretty good for the first two, but last year I kind of struggled in those three four innings and that’s where I added something to my outings.”

Savacool had everything working today, getting swings and misses up and down the entire Siena lineup. He finished the day with 14 strikeouts, only giving up one hit in seven stellar innings of work.

“[Jason] was about as dominant as I’ve ever seen him,” said Vaughn. “It makes it a heck of a lot easier [to win] when you run back out there and get three quick outs and then go back and do it again.”

After a small rally by the Saints in the ninth, Gavin Stellpflug closed the door as Maryland clinched the series sweep over Siena, scoring an incredible 40 runs over three games this weekend.

With the win today, Maryland improves to 16-3 on the season. After a tough loss to Delaware on Tuesday, the Terps have started a new winning streak that they’ll hope to take into this upcoming week. Siena falls to 2-14, continuing their tough stretch. The saints will have two more road games this week before coming home for the first time this season on Friday.

Maryland’s next game will come on Tuesday against UMBC. Originally scheduled to be played in Catonsville, Maryland, it will now be played in College Park — though Maryland will still be treated as the road team. Starting pitchers are still to be determined.