A combination of seven RBIs and seven hits from Ian Petrutz and Matt Shaw provided Maryland with the firepower to take down USF.
Maryland looked like its 2022 self after scoring a run at the top of the first. A leadoff walk from Luke Shliger and a single by Shaw put runners on first and third for Nick Lorusso. With four RBIs in the series, Lorusso drove in his fifth with a sacrifice fly to center field. Shaw was able to steal second base, but nothing came from it as the Terps closed out the top of the first up 1-0.
Nate Haberthier, a transfer from Ohio State, was set to make his first start in a Maryland uniform. On just his second pitch, USFs Daniel Cantu smacked a solo shot over the right field fence to tie the game up at one. A couple of singles later and a wild pitch put the Bulls on first and third before Marcus Brodil grounded into a double play, scoring a run and giving the Bulls a 2-1 lead.
Shliger doubled to left center in the top of the third to give him his first hit of the season and the Terps a chance to tie it up. With a 2-0 count, Shaw thrashed a home run to left field, awarding Shliger his second run of the day and Shaw’s second and third RBIs of the series.
Eddie Hacopian decided the one-run margin was not enough and slapped a lead-off solo home run in the top half of the fourth to extend the Terp’s lead. The sophomore achieved his first home run of the season and career on the hit to right field.
An Elijah Lambros leadoff walk, Shaw single, and Lorusso walk in the top of the fifth loaded the bases for Petrutz. As if two games in a row was not enough for Maryland, Petrutz thought three straight would be better when he cleared the bases on the first pitch he saw. The designated hitter hit his second home run of the series and put the Terps up six runs.
Haberthier settled in after USFs fast start, not allowing another run inning and striking out four along the way. His day ended after throwing five innings and allowing two earned runs on seven hits and one walk.
Nigel Belgrave replaced Haberthier in the sixth and picked up two strikeouts in an inning of work. Lefty transfer Tommy Kane came in relief for the Terps in the seventh and allowed a three-run homer to Drew Butcher before striking out the next two hitters he faced and limiting any more damage.
Up three in the top of the ninth, Shaw added to his spectacular day with an RBI double, scoring Shliger and expanding the Terps lead to four. Shaw ended the day a perfect 5-5 with three RBIs and a double to go along with a home run. Commenting on his masterful day, head coach Rob Vaughn said, “your best player doing best player-like things.”
Kenny Lippman closed out the rubber match for Maryland, pitching in the eighth and ninth while allowing zero runs and striking out one batter. Lippman is a fifth-year transfer from Denison who was making his first appearance for the Terps.