Terps fall to Northwestern for second day in a row

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The Terps bats stayed silent for the second straight day, as Northwestern beat Maryland, 3-2, on Friday in Evanston, Ill. The loss is the third straight for coach John Szefc’s squad

Junior Matt Portland struck out nine and allowed just two runs over seven innings for the Wildcats (18-35), who hand Maryland (35-20) another bad loss heading into the postseason.

Szefc’s offense mustered five hits all afternoon, all by just two players – shortstop Kevin Smith (three) and right fielder Anthony Papio (two). Both their runs came in the fourth inning on a Papio double as the lone bright spot for a team that was shut out in yesterday’s loss.

Northwestern, although they scored just one more run than their opponent, racked up nine hits – six of which came off Terps’ starter Brian Shaffer who was pulled after 5.1 innings of work.

Maryland falls to 13-10 in the Big Ten, winning just two of their last eight conference matchups. They face the Wildcats in their season finale on Saturday at 2 p.m. before beginning the Big Ten conference tournament on May 20.

Northwestern’s Magallones hands Terps resume-crushing loss

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Senior Brandon Magallones tossed a two-hit shutout, as Northwestern blanked Maryland 1-0 Thursday afternoon in Evanston, Illinois.

Magallones struck out seven and walked only one, limiting Maryland to their lowest offensive output of the season. The opposition had been batting .331 against Magallones this season. The Northwestern righty needed just 91 pitches to beat the Terps in what will be his final collegiate start.

Maryland's bats were held to just two hits Thursday.  (Photo: Alexander Jonesi)
Maryland’s bats were held to just two hits Thursday.
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The Wildcats handed Maryland ace Mike Shawaryn his second loss of the season. Shawaryn allowed one run on four hits over six and two-thirds innings. He struck out seven to extend his conference lead.

The lone run scored on a Jack Mitchell double in the fifth inning, which scored catcher Scott Heelan.

With the loss, Maryland falls to 35-19 and 13-9 in the Big Ten. Thursday’s loss will significantly tarnish Maryland’s postseason resume, as Northwestern entered the day at No. 156 in the RPI.

The Terps and Wildcasts will head back to Rocky Miller Park Friday afternoon for a 4pm. ET first pitch. Freshman righty Brian Shaffer will take on Northwestern junior Matt Portland. The game can be watched on BTN2Go.

Terps fall to Liberty in final home game

by John Vittas

For the second time in four days, Maryland mounted a comeback but stranded the tying run in scoring position in the ninth, losing to Liberty 7-6 Tuesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, MD. The Terps were down 7-4 entering the final inning and got the first three men aboard before Liberty got back-to-back strong defensive plays from right fielder Will Shepherd and second baseman Nick Salisbury.

Flames closer Ashton Perritt held on for the save by striking out Jose Cuas to end the game.

Junior lefty Matt Pennington pitched well for Liberty, going six and two-third innings to get the win. Pennington was able to slow down a Maryland offense that put up 39 runs in three games over the weekend at Ohio State.

“I think we were trying to pull him too much,” Maryland shortstop Kevin Smith said. “We have to back him up and hit him more to right field and we didn’t get to do that until later in the game.”

The Terps finally got to Pennington in the seventh, when they scored on an RBI double from Smith and an RBI triple from Brandon Lowe.

But despite the two-ran rallies in the seventh and ninth innings, the Terps were disappointed in their two run output over the first six innings.

“It’s good that we have the ability to come back, but to rely on that all the time is going to be tough, especially in the postseason,” said Smith.

“Our bats at the beginning of the game weren’t as good as they should’ve been,” junior LaMonte Wade added. “We have to start of the game with urgency.”

Freshman righty Taylor Bloom (1-2) took the loss after giving up three runs in three innings as the starter. The usually stingy Maryland bullpen gave up four runs as well.

Following Tuesday’s final home game, the Terps will hit the road for at least the next ten days. They’ll open up a three-game series with Northwestern on Thursday before heading to Minneapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, which gets underway next Wednesday.

Terp’s Offense Sparks Huge Series Win; Advances to Third Place in Big Ten

By Arielle Gurin

The Terps (35-17) defeated the Buckeyes (34-15) 14-10 Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series in Columbus, Ohio after being down 8-3 in the seventh inning. They scored double digit runs in all three games of the series.

Maryland Freshman RHP Brian Shaffer (4-0, 5.21) faced Senior LHP Ryan Riga (5-3, 2.86) for the Buckeyes. Neither of the pitchers received a decision in the game that was decided late. Kevin Mooney (2-0) picked up the W for the Terps and Seth Kinker (0-1) received the loss.

The Terps’ bats were hot throughout the weekend with a combined 6 home runs, 39 runs and 50 hits over the three games.

After a big four-run sixth inning for Ohio State, Maryland responded with seven runs, all on two outs, in the seventh. The big blow, a go ahead three run homer, was off the bat of third basemen Jose Cuas, who says that he was prepared for an off-speed pitch.

“The first two were sliders… and he hung [another] slider and I was able to drop the barrel on it,” said Cuas.

Maryland head coach John Szefc was excited about the hit production from his team.

“These guys work hard at it every day, Szefc said. “They put a lot of work in and every athlete wants to see success from their labor and these guys saw that this weekend.”

Cuas is also satisfied with the level of play his team brought to Ohio State this weekend.

“Everyone is swinging the bat extremely well,” said Cuas. “From top to bottom, one to nine everyone is contributing. Everyone is doing their job.”

Brandon Lowe, who was 3-5 with 4 RBIs in Sundays win, sees a similar attitude in the team between now, and last May when the team’s hit production also picked up.

“It’s a fun time to play,” said Lowe. “Everyone is playing their best baseball right now. Its fun to watch.”

The win allows Maryland to move up to third place in the Big Ten standings, opening the chance for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Terps Rally Falls Short, Lose 13-12 to Buckeyes

by Jimmy Perrino

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The Maryland Terrapins (34-17) fell 13-12 to the Ohio State Buckeyes (34-14) in a slugfest Saturday, in which the teams combined for 32 hits. Maryland starter Robert Galligan (2-4), who had a second consecutive tough outing, only lasted three innings and allowed five runs. He ran into trouble early, allowing a two run double to Ronnie Dawson. A two run triple by Troy Montgomery in the second inning and a RBI single by Zach Ratcliff in the third was responsible for the rest of the damage against Galligan.

In the fifth inning the Terrapin bullpen imploded and it appeared the game was put away for good. Selmer, Drossner and Bloom combined to give up seven runs on four hits, three walks and an error. By the end of the inning it was 13-4. However Bloom followed that with two consecutive scoreless innings and let the Terps offense go to work.

From that point forward Maryland dominated. LaMonte Wade led the Maryland offense against Travis Lakins and the Buckeyes bullpen. He finished 4 for 6 with four RBIs and two runs scored. The Terps scored two runs in the sixth on a home run by Jamal Wade and three batters later, one by his older brother LaMonte. In the seventh the Terps scored three runs on three singles and a Tim Lewis double. Brandon Lowe was the star of the eighth inning, doubling in two runs and scoring himself with some smart base running later in the inning. That cut the lead all the way down to 13-12 heading into the ninth. However they were not able to muster the offense necessary to complete the comeback, although they did get the tying run to into scoring position and the go ahead run on base.

Maryland had a power stroke today. In addition to the Wade brother’s dingers, Jose Cuas added a solo homerun in the fifth. Lowe and Lewis also had multi-hit days, in addition to all three Terps who hit homeruns.

The rubber match of the series will be played tomorrow at 1:05. Maryland Freshman RHP Brian Shaffer (4-0, 4.97) will oppose Senior LHP Ryan Riga (5-3, 2.30) for the Buckeyes.

RECAP: Terps trounce Buckeyes 13-4

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The Maryland Terrapins baseball team recorded a season-high 19 hits en route to a 13-4 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night.

At Nick Swisher Field at Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, OH, Terps ace Mike Shawaryn took the mound for his 13th start of the season. The sophomore, earlier named to the Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list, went seven innings, yielding two runs (one earned), giving up six hits, walking three and striking out eight. The win gave him his 11th on the season, tying his own single-season record and extending his own career record.

However, it was the offense, not Shawaryn’s dominance, that was the story Friday.

LaMonte Wade scored the game’s first run—leading off with a double and subsequently scoring on Brandon Lowe’s RBI single. The Buckeye would battle back with a sacrifice fly in the bottom half of the frame, and take the lead with another sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning.

But, that was all the damage Ohio State would do until the eight inning, when the Terps lead had become insurmountable.

The Terps scored three runs in the 3rd inning, one in the 4th inning on Kevin Smith’s seventh home run of the season, and another three runs in the 5th inning to take an 8-2 lead. Hits from Lowe, Jamal Wade, Tim Lewis and Kengo Kawahara keyed the respective rallies.

The Maryland offense exploded in the 8th inning, scoring five runs and batting around. After Kevin Martir walked, Jose Cuas drove him in with a triple. Cuas later scored on a single from Lewis, his third hit and second RBI of the evening. Kawahara followed with a double, plating Papio, who had walked. Finally, LaMonte Wade followed suit, driving in Kawahara and Lewis with a single of his own. Every starter had at least one hit, and eight of the nine starters had an RBI.

Bobby Ruse relieved Shawaryn in the eighth inning and gave up two runs on four hits to bring the score to 13-4, where it would remain. Mike Rescigno, in his third appearance of the season, put the finishing touches on the game in the 9th inning, retiring the Buckeyes in order.

The Terps offense went 10-19 with nine RBIs with two outs, 11-28 with runners on base and 8-18 with runners in scoring position. The bottom third of the order alone—J. Wade, Lewis and Kawahara—combined for four runs, eight hits and six RBIs.

With the win, the Terps move to 34-16, 12-7, tying their regular season wins mark from last year with six games left to play. The in-conference victory also brings them into a tie for third place with the Buckeyes, who are now 33-14, 12-7.

Rob Galligan will take the mound for Maryland in the second game of the series, on Saturday at 3:05 p.m.

Terps Defend Ripken Cup with 9-2 win over Towson

by John Vittas 

Maryland scored in each of the first four innings and struck out 16 Tigers to best Towson 9-2 Wednesday night at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.

Brandon Lowe recorded three hits (two doubles), three RBIs and two runs scored in the first four innings alone, as the Terps jumped out to a 8-2 lead.

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Terps celebrating their second straight Ripken Cup win. Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

“We had a lot of really good at bats with two outs early.,” Maryland head coach John Szefc said. “Our first four runs were scored with two outs. That’s a back breaker for an opposing pitching staff. That really got us going in the right direction.”

Maryland starting pitcher Brian Shaffer collected his fourth win of the season, striking out seven over five innings while allowing only two runs. The bullpen followed suit, as four different Maryland pitchers combined to silence the Tigers.
Bobby Ruse, Andrew Green, Mike Rescigno and Willie Rios each worked a scoreless inning to finish off Towson.

“I thought they looked great,” junior LaMonte Wade said. “They were effective and came in and threw strikes when we had the big lead. I thought they looked comfortable and we’re going to need that.”

““Bobby might have had his best stuff of the year,” said Szefc. “The night worked out as good as it could have worked out for us.”

In addition to Lowe’s big night, Kevin Martir hit a two-run home run for the Terps and Tim Lewis had an RBI triple and reached base three times.

“He’s just been aggressive and swinging at better pitches,” Szefc said about Lewis. “He told me he’s seeing the ball a little bit better.”

“We know that in order to win games, we have to have contributions from everybody in the lineup,” said Wade.

Wednesday’s win means that the Terps can bring the Ripken Cup back to College Park for the second straight year. The rivalry game began last season when the Terps beat Towson by one.

Maryland (33-16) will now head to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in what will be the Terrapins’ most important series of the year. Both teams are “on the bubble” to make the NCAA Tournament and are coming off series sweeps at the hands of Big Ten opponents.

“We had a rotten weekend. There’s no other way to say it,” Szefc said. “But we have to be mature enough and professional enough to bounce back from that and keep moving forward. [The Towson win] gets guys feeling good about themselves getting ready for a six-and-a-half hour bus trip. The bottom line is we still control what happens to us. That’s all you can ask for.”

Tough Weekend for Terps, Swept by Hoosiers

Indiana finished off their sweep of No. 20 Maryland this weekend, topping it off with a 6-2 win Sunday afternoon at Shipley Field in College Park.

Brandon Lowe had a solid day at the plate. (Photo: Alexander Jonesi)
Brandon Lowe had a solid day at the plate.
(Photo: Alexander Jonesi)

The Hoosiers spoiled the Terps’ Senior Day ceremony with their third road win as many days. They took advantage of Jake Drossner’s control issues in the third inning, capitalizing with a five run inning. The junior lefty walked four while allowing five runs in two and two-thirds innings.

Control was an issue all day for the Terps’ pitching staff, as they walked eleven Hoosiers on the day.

The bright spots for Maryland came at the top of the order, where Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and walk. Kevin Smith, batting in the leadoff spot for the first team all year, crushed a solo home run over the left field scoreboard as well.

The loss brings Maryland to 32-16 on the year and drops them out of the top 40 in RPI. Despite their consistent ranking in the low 20s nationally, the sweep will likely place the Terrapins squarely on the bubble for the 2015 NCAA Tournament.

They will take on Towson Wednesday night at 6:30pm in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Continue to check in with MBN the next couple days for all the latest on Maryland baseball.

Terps Drop Second Game of Weekend, Fall 13-2 to Indiana

By Jimmy Perrino

The Indiana Hoosiers (25-19) defeated the Maryland Terrapins (32-15) by a score of 13-2 at Shipley Field on Saturday. Kyle Hart (2-0) got the better of Rob Galligan (2-3) in the matchup of big, soft-throwing southpaws.

The 6’4” Galligian ran into trouble early, giving up a pair of runs in both the first and second innings. Coupled with Umpire Jeff Doy’s small strike zone, Galligan was uncharacteristically wild. After walking the leadoff batter Casey Rodrigue, a wild pitch followed by a Nick Ramos double brought him home. After another wild pitch, Scott Donley rolled over to the right side to bring Ramos home as well. Neither of the runs Galligan allowed in the second inning was earned. Anthony Papio dropped a fly ball, which set up Rodrigue to drive in Will Nolden. Rodrigue was involved in the fourth run scoring as well. After getting picked off first, the subsequent rundown allowed Isaiah Pasteur to sneak home, giving Indiana a 4-0 lead.

The middle innings were slightly kinder to the Terps, but not by much. The only run the 6’5” Hart allowed came in the fourth inning when Kevin Martir doubled in Brandon Lowe, who had singled the at-bat beforehand. However, Indiana extended the lead in the to of the fifth. Pasteur led off the frame with a long ball and the Hoosiers push one more across on a Brad Hartong single.

The 6-1 score line held until the bottom of the seventh inning. Jamal Wade entered the game as a pinch hitter and immediately homered to the power alley in left. However, that is a close as Maryland would get.

Bobby Ruse was strong in relief for Maryland. He only allowed three hits in three innings of relief, although he allowed three earned runs after leaving runners on before exiting the game in the eighth inning. Ruse, Jack Piekos and Brian Shaffer allowed seven in that inning, pushing the score to 13-2, essentially eliminating all hope of a comeback.

The series will conclude Sunday at 11:00am. Junior Jake Drossner will take the hill for the Terrapins and try to pull a win out of the weekend in the teams penultimate home game of the season. As always you can listen to that game here.

Shawaryn suffers first loss of season, Terps fall to Indiana in first of three

by: Matt Present
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A rare sight for the Terps; a first a that. A Mike Shawaryn defeat. Indiana came out of the gates aggressively, and it paid off. They tagged Shawaryn for nine hits and five runs (three earned), over five and two-thirds, and came away with a 6-5 victory.

Down 3-0 early the Terps came back to tie it in the third with a Brandon Lowe 2 RBI single, and a Kevin Martir suicide squeeze. They then took the lead in the fourth when Jose Cuas launched a moon shot over the left-center field fence, his eighth home run of the season. But he lead was short lived.

With runners at second and third and two away in the sixth, Hoosier shortstop Nick Ramos hit a routine ground ball to his counterpart Kevin Smith. Smith waited back on the hop and bounced a throw to first, which Willie Rios was unable to scoop out of the turf, allowing two runs to come across.

The Terps had their chances to get back into it, and even take the lead, but it was a game of missed opportunities for Maryland. LaMonte Wade was thrown out at the plate in the seventh, on a strong throw from Craig Dedelow, keeping the game at 5-4.

Then in the bottom of the eighth, the Terps loaded the bases against Indiana reliever Luke Harrison. With two outs and Lowe coming to the plate Chris Lemonis turned to his closer Ryan Halstead, the school record holder for saves. After blowing a couple of fastballs by Lowe, he jammed the Terps second baseman, as Lowe popped out to shortstop, to end the threat.

Halstead then worked a perfect ninth to secure his eighth save of the season. These two teams will meet again tomorrow afternoon at 2pm when Rob Galligan will get his second start of the season, and Indiana will counter with a lefty of their own in Kyle Hart.