by John Vittas
No. 16 Maryland (12-4) scored 13 runs on 15 hits to beat Princeton (1-9) 13-6 Sunday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park, completing a three game sweep of the Tigers.
Kevin Martir, Brandon Lowe, Kevin Smith and Anthony Papio each had two hits and Jose Cuas and Nick Cieri both drove in a pair to lead the offensive charge for the Terps. Cieri’s two-run double off the wall in center was the decisive blow, bringing home two runs and giving the Terrapins a 5-2 lead.
The Terps had two home runs on the day. Anthony Papio’s solo shot in the fourth gave Maryland a 3-2 lead before Cieri extended it on the double. The second homer came when Jamal Wade connected on his first career home run in the eighth, opening up the lead to 12-3.
“It felt pretty great,” Wade said. “I’ve been hitting the ball pretty hard every at bat so far, so to finally get one to fall and it happened to be a home run, it was pretty special.”
Bobby Ruse (4-0) earned the win, allowing one earned run on two hits over five innings. Ruse struck out eight and walked only two.
Tayler Stiles entered the game with two runners in scoring position in a 6-3 game in the sixth and struck out Danny Baer on three pitches to maintain the lead. Zach Morris and Rob Galligan added scoreless innings of relief to hold the lead.
Maryland will head to North Carolina to take on Elon (8-9) Wednesday and Thursday. Both games will be at 4pm and can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.
Rios dazzles Princeton, Terps win 5-0 in Under Two Hours
by John Vittas
Freshman lefty Willie Rios threw six innings of shutout baseball to lead No. 16 Maryland (11-4) to a 5-0 win over Princeton (1-8) Sunday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park.
Rios only allowed four hits and one walk while striking out five. He retired nine in a row at one point, keeping his fastball and changeup down in the zone to keep the ball on the ground. Only two of the 18 batters Rios retired put the ball in the air.
“I felt great on the mound,” Rios said. “I just kept the ball down in the zone and relied on my changeup a lot to get ground balls when I needed them.
On a cold and windy day in Maryland, Rios said he was only able to manipulate two of his four pitches.
“I tried a couple cutters and curveballs but it was one of those days where it’s just not there,” he said.
Sunday’s performance earned the Connecticut lefty his first win of his college career.
“He threw a lot of strikes, he was just in the zone,” head coach John Szefc said. “He’s made a monstrous jump from the preseason to be able to get ahead of hitters and when he does get behind, he’s able to reset himself. He’s matured as quick as anybody in that respect.”
Relievers Ryan Selmer and Alex Robinson combined to finish off the shutout, only allowing one baserunner over the final three innings.
The Terps managed only five hits offensively. They were held hitless for more than two full trips through the order by Princeton starter Keelan Smithers, who allowed three runs over seven innings.
Maryland got off to a fast start, putting up three runs in the first. After Brandon Lowe reached on an error, Kevin Martir, Jose Cuas and Tim Lewis singled on consecutive pitches to score twice. Sophomore Nick Cieri then grounded out to drive in Cuas and make it 3-0.
The Terrapins didn’t score again until the eighth inning. Martir drove in shortstop Kevin Smith on a single to center before Cuas scored on a throwing error by Tigers’ reliever Chris Bodurian.
The Terps will go for the sweep against Princeton Monday morning at 11am before heading to Elon, North Carolina to play a two-game set with the Elon Phoenix (8-9).
Maryland Dominates Princeton 15-0 in Home Opener
by Jimmy Perrino
Seemingly every time he takes the mound for Maryland (10-4), Mike Shawaryn (4-0) is the story. Today was no exception as he bounced back from his worst start of the season to pitch seven dominant innings. Shawaryn did not allow a run, struck out 11, and only allowed one Princeton (1-7) base runner to even reach third base.
The first two and a half innings of this game led us to believe we were going to have a pitchers duel on our hands. However, in the bottom of the third inning, that changed. Anthony Papio took Chad Powers (0-3) deep to lead it off for the Terps. It was Papio’s third homer of the year. A Kengo Kawahara bunt single and a Brandon Lowe walk set up Kevin Smith, who drove a run in with a single. Kevin Martir also singled before Jose Cuas opened up the game with a bases clearing double, giving the Terps a 5-0 lead.
It got no better in the middle innings for the Tigers. They gave up a run in the fourth inning on a Brandon Lowe sac-fly. In the fifth, high school teammates Martir and Cuas led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Nick Cieri drove them both in with a sharp liner down the first base line. Papio just missed a second home run, driving a ball deep to the wall, placing Maryland runners at second and third. After Biondic reached on a dropped third strike, Powers walked Kawahara, his last batter of the day, to load the bases. His replacement Nick Donatiello proceeded to bounce a pitch by catcher Tyler Servais, scoring a tenth Terp run. In the sixth, walks by Cuas and Tim Lewis were rewarded as Papio and Biondic singled them in, respectively, extending Maryland’s lead to 12-0.
Papio finished the game with four hits, scored four runs and drove two in, including a home run. Cuas finished the day with three RBIs on two hits and scored two runs himself.
By the latter innings, most of the Maryland starters were able to take the remainder of the day off. Many of the substitutes were underclassmen making their Maryland baseball debuts. Freshman southpaw Jack Piekos made his first appearance for the Terrapins and needed only six pitches to throw a scoreless eighth inning. John Mazza also made his debut, lofting a sac-fly on the first collegiate pitch he had ever seen. Zack Jankarski scored a run on his first Maryland plate appearance after reaching on a walk. The 6’6” Andrew Green made his debut in the ninth, throwing a 1-2-3 inning to finish the game in tremendous fashion.
The series will continue tomorrow night at 7pm. Maryland freshman Willie Rios (0-0, 4.26) will get his second career collegiate start. He will oppose Princeton sophomore Keelan Smithers (1-1, 7.71). The game will be played at Harford CC in Bel Air, MD and can be heard here on the Maryland Baseball Network.
Maryland bullpen shines, swats Spiders 8-3
by John Vittas
Maryland’s bullpen pitched five and a third innings of scoreless relief to hold down an 8-3 win over the Richmond Spiders (6-6) Wednesday night at Harford CC in Bel Air, Md.
Ryan Selmer, Taylor Bloom and Jared Price struck out 10 Spiders and allowed only one hit and one walk over their 5.1 innings of relief. Selmer (1-0) earned the win after stranding five Richmond baserunners.
Maryland trailed 3-1 in the third when left fielder Tim Lewis and freshman first baseman Kevin Biondic delivered run-scoring extra base hits to tie the game. The go-ahead run scored in the fourth run when Richmond SS Tyler Beckwith couldn’t handle a Kevin Martir chopper, allowing Kevin Smith to score the unearned Terrapin run.
Maryland added a three spot in the seventh inning to put the game away, highlighted by a Jose Cuas RBI single and a Tim Lewis RBI double.
All in all, Lewis finished with a pair of RBI doubles. Cuas had three hits and an RBI while Biondic chipped in with a double, triple, run and two RBIs. Brandon Lowe also had two hits.
Maryland will be in action again Friday afternoon as the Terps (9-4) take on Princeton (1-6) beginning at 3:40pm right here on MBN.
Relief Pitching, Kevin Smith’s Magic Bat, help Terps Avoid UNC Wilmington Sweep
by: Arielle Gurin
The ranked Maryland Terrapins (8-4) defeated UNC Wilmington (9-4) 11-9 after strong pitching relief from senior Bobby Ruse (3-0) and a five out save from junior Alex Robinson (1).
The Seahawks gained an early 4-0 lead until the 3rd inning when Brandon Lowe hit an RBI single scoring Kengo Kawahara who had his first collegiate hit in that inning. A solo shot by first basemen Corey Dick made it 5-1 Seahawks, and knocked out starter Brian Shaffer. Kevin Martir brought the game in reach for the Terps with a two-run shot in the 4th.
The big blow however, came off the bat of freshmen Kevin Smith in the 6th. Cory Gantz came in to relieve Taylor Hyssong who loaded the bases. Down 6-4 with two outs, Smith took Gantz long for his first home run of the season, and RBI numbers 8-11, putting the Terps on top for the first time, 8-6.
“I’ve never had a grand slam so that was pretty exciting.” Smith said. “I just wanted to get a big hit for my team. We had been down for a while and we needed some energy. I was excited.”
Cuas’ solo shot in the 7th gave the Terps a comfortable lead going into the stretch. Kevin Smith’s day wasn’t over as he picked up RBI number five in the 8th after a double.
The defense wasn’t done quite yet for either team.
Tayler Stiles came in to pitch after a single by Connelly and a throwing error by second basemen Brandon Lowe knocked Ruse out. A couple of big hits and another error by the Terps ended Stiles’ stint. Taylor Bloom couldn’t get the job done as he walked Casey Golden on four pitches.
Enter Alex Robinson who went on to pick up the five out save. Robinson recorded two big outs, ending the 8th with a score of 10-9, Maryland still on top.
Head Coach John Szefc was pleased with his left-handed relief pitcher. “Alex has come a long way,” Szefc said. “That’s a money save right there. On the road, coming in to face two left handed hitters. He’s been as good as advertised.”
Kevin Biondic walked and went on to score the Terps’ eleventh and final run after a throwing error by McDowell.
Seven unanswered runs solidified a W for the Terps today in the series finale in North Carolina as they avoid the sweep.
Seahawks Claw Past Terps in Error Filled Game
by: Jimmy Perrino
The #12 Maryland Terrapins (7-4) were defeated by the UNC Wilmington Seahawks (9-3) 11-7, losing both ends of today’s doubleheader. In this very sloppy game, both starters pitched very well until the fifth inning. In the top half of the frame a Jose Cuas single drove in Brandon Lowe, who had doubled, and LaMonte Wade, who had walked. The following batter, Tim Lewis, doubled to dead center, which drove in Cuas and ended Ryan Foster’s day.
The bottom half of the inning was also eventful. Steven Linkous singled to lead off the inning. Lowe made an error on what could have been a double play ball off the bat of Terence Connelly. A passed ball moved the runners to second and third and Stupienski drove in Linkous with a single. A monstrous Corey Dick double, which missed being a home run by inches, plated Connelly and Stupienski, putting the Seahawks on top 5-4 after five, and chased Willie Rios from the game.
Defense was an issue for both teams in this game. The Terps, who had committed three errors coming into this weekend and led the country in fielding percentage, committed six this game and seven on the day. UNCW also had four errors this game.
The hectic baseball continued in the top of the sixth. Anthony Papio walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Justin Morris reached on a error putting runners on the corners. In quintessential John Szefc fashion, the squeeze was on and executed perfectly by Kevin Smith. Stupienski threw the ball away in an attempt to get Smith at first, allowing Morris to score and Smith to reach third base. Smith was immediately driven in by a Lowe sac-fly and making the score 7-5 in Maryland’s favor.
A single, an error, a defensive miscommunication, a wild pitch and a sac-fly started off the Seahawks half of eighth inning. That, combined with an unearned run in the seventh gave UNCW an 8-7 lead, a lead they would not relinquish. By the end of the eighth the deficit was 11-7, and the Terps had committed another error in the process.
The Maryland bullpen was hard done by defense today. Ryan Selmer, Zach Morris, Jared Price and Alex Robinson combined to give up six runs in three and two third innings, but none of them were earned.
The series finale will be tomorrow at 1pm. Maryland freshman Brian Shaffer (1-0, 6.00) will get the nod against UNCW’s Evan Phillips (1-0, 7.88) as the Terps try to salvage one game of this weekend set.
Seahawks Take Shawaryn Deep Three Times, Defeat Terps in Game 1
by: Matt Present
One reason for Mike Shawaryn’s dominance this season is his ability to throw strikes. He had walked just two batters though 20 innings of work coming into Saturday. However with the wind blowing out in Wilmington, the strike throwing backfired; Shawaryn issued three homers, including back-to-back homers to Gavin Stupienski, and Corey Dick in the fourth inning, as UNC Wilmington (8-3) took game one of the series 8-6.
The Terps (7-3) went back to back themselves in the sixth inning as Kevin Martir and Anthony Papio went yard to tie the game at six, but it was a disappointing finish to the frame as Jose Cuas struck out with the bases loaded, and the Terps missed out on a big opportunity to blow the game open.
The Seahawk bats were relentless, and immediately responded to the Terps rally, reclaiming the lead 7-6 in the bottom of the 6th, with a Steven Linkous RBI groundout, and then extended their lead in the eighth when Kennard McDowell beat the Terps infield on their movement towards the second base bag, singling to left center and driving in Luke Dunlap.
The Seahawks worked the bases full with no outs in the inning, but a combination of Tayler Stiles and Andrew Selmer shut the door and gave the Terps one last shot.
After nearly every Seahawks score the Terps came back to tie, an offensive resilience we’ve seen many times already this season. However the only time Maryland led was 2-1. It came in the fourth after Papio, laid down a perfect suicide squeeze to plate Cuas.
In the ninth however there was no comeback left in the tank, as hard throwing Seahawks closer Jordan Ramsey retired the Terps in order to secure the victory.
The series at UNC Wilmington will continue with game two of the twin bill at 4pm today. Maryland freshman Willie Rios will make his first career start against junior Ryan Foster (1-0, 3.75) for the Seahawks. Listen here.
Terps win rubber game 8-2, take series from Appalachian State
by: Jake Eisenberg
Behind a five-run third inning and a strong start from freshman RHP Brian Shaffer, the Terps defeated the Appalachian State Mountaineers 8-2 in the final game of their three game set.
Shaffer pitched six innings, allowing four hits, two runs and striking out six en route to his first win of the season.
In the third inning, LaMonte Wade came through with a 2-RBI single with the bases loaded. Next, Nick Cieri plated two more with a 2-RBI single of his own. The Terps added three more runs in the 5th inning to pad their lead.
Relievers Zach Morris and Alex Robinson combined for three scoreless innings to keep the Mountaineers quiet.
Appalachian State’s only runs came from a two-run home run from Brandon Burris in the 6th inning.
With the win, the Terps improve their record to 7-2 on the season. Appalachian State falls to 4-5.
Mountaineers Climb Past Terps 9-7, Force Rubber Game Sunday
by: Matt Present
After mustering just four hits Friday afternoon, the bats erupted for Appalachian State (4-4) Saturday, as they totaled 15 hits, and chased Maryland (6-2) starter Tayler Stiles after just 3 1/3 innings on their way to a 9-7 victory.
First baseman Conner Leonard led the offensive attack for the Mountaineers, going three for five including two doubles and five RBI. Designated hitter Grayson Atwood added four hits of his own and scored two runs.
The scoring started from the get-go, as Stiles allowed four hits in the first, including three bloop singles, which plated one, but Anthony Papio gunned down Atwood at the plate to limit the damage. The Terps were unable to minimize harm in subsequent innings, as Stiles allowed a Leonard double to clear the bases with two outs in the third.
Stiles allowed a Brandon Burris home run with one out in the fourth, and then after allowing a single to Michael Pierson, the Terrapin starter was lifted for Bobby Ruse. The usually reliable long-man proceeded to allow four hits, compounded by two Terps errors, including an errant Ruse pickoff attempt, and the Mountaineer lead swelled to 9-3.
Meanwhile, freshman Travis Holden, making his first career start, pitched well enough to keep his team in the game. He pitched four plus innings, allowing five runs, four earned on six hits, but did retire seven straight at one point. The Terps knocked Holden from the game in the fifth when Jose Cuas lined a double down the left field line to drive in Brandon Lowe and LaMonte Wade, who singled and walked respectively.
Ryan Selmer did his job to keep the Terps in the game out of the bullpen, allowing just one hit and one walk over four scoreless innings. But the Terps were unable to sustain a rally. His bullpen counterpart Ryan Ross allowed two run on two hits over four plus innings and got the win for the Mountaineers.
One run came in the sixth, when Justin Morris notched his first RBI as a Terp with a triple down the right field line to drive in Kevin Smith. The second run came in the bottom of the ninth when the Terps got runners at the corners after Lowe led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch and then Wade singled. The Mountaineers then summoned Taylor Thurber from their bullpen, who allowed a Cuas RBI groundout, but then sealed the victory for Appalachian State.
The Terps will send freshman Brian Shaffer to the hill tomorrow in the rubber game of the three game series. Terps Pre-Game Live gets underway at 10:45 a.m.
Maryland Rides Shawaryn, Defeats Appalachian State 4 – 2
by Jimmy Perrino
Maryland (6-1) rode Mike Shawaryn’s right arm to victory today, in Emerson, Georgia, over Appalachian State (3-4). Shawaryn (3-0) pitched seven innings of two hit baseball. He only allowed one run, when Zach Hummel led off the 6th with a home run for the Mountaineers. Shawaryn was dominant for the majority of the afternoon, retiring 14 straight batters at one point. He allowed very few balls in play, recording a career high 12 strikeouts, fanning more than half of the 23 batters he faced.
His first and only run support came in the third inning when Jose Cuas mashed a home run to left, driving in Brandon Lowe and LaMonte Wade. Lowe reached base after being hit by a pitch for the fifth time this season. A Kevin Martir walk and a Tim Lewis single set up Andrew Bechtold, who singled to drive in the fourth run of the frame.
LaMonte Wade continuing his hot start to the season, notching another two hits. He also reached on error, scored, and stole three bases. Anthony Papio also gave the team on offensive boost with a pair of doubles.
Freshman Taylor Bloom, who came into the game having given up three earned runs in two innings of work, worked a perfect eighth inning for the Terps.
The ninth inning had to be pieced together by coach John Szefc because his usual closer, Kevin Mooney, is out due to injury. Jared Price got the first out of the inning while LHP Robert Galligan got the last two and the save. Friday was Price’s first appearance of the season after coming off elbow surgery. He allowed a double to Appalachian State’s Brandon Burris, who eventually came around to score when Jaylin Davis singled him home off Galligan.
Tomorrow the Terps (6-1) will take on the Mountaineers (3-4) at 4pm. The projected pitching matchup is Maryland sophomore Tayler Stiles (0-1, 5.00) opposing Appalachian State’s Travis Holden (0-0, 0.00).
Terps Score Nine in the Sixth to Stun Arkansas 13-6
by John Vittas
No. 13 Maryland (5-1) scored nine runs in the sixth inning to erase a five-run deficit en route to a 13-6 win over No. 28 Arkansas (4-2) at Stanky Field in Mobile, Alabama Sunday. Arkansas committed four erros and the Terps stroked seven hits during the marathon frame. The nine-run sixth began when Jose Cuas reached on a throwing error by Razorback shortstop Brett McAfee. Nick Cieri singled and Tim Lewis walked, prompting Arkansas to bring in closer Jacob Stone. Maryland proceeded to pound out six singles against Stone, two of which didn’t leave the infield. Arkansas committed four errors in the inning and Tim Lewis capped the rally with an RBI triple to make it 10-6 Terrapins. They tacked on two more in the seventh on a LaMonte Wade two-run double and scored once more in the eighth on an RBI double by Anthony Papio. The Maryland bullpen was superb Sunday. They turned in six scoreless innings in the Terps’ 13-6 win over Arkansas. The nine-run inning is the largest of the season for Maryland. The Arkansas bullpen allowed 12 runs in a three-inning span after freshman starter Keaton McKinney tossed five innings of one-run ball. The Maryland bullpen pitched six scoreless innings of relief to turn the team’s fortunes. Bobby Ruse (2-0) earned the win after putting up three zeroes in the middle innings to stop the Arkansas momentum. Zach Morris and Alex Robinson combined to pitched three scoreless inning of relief to close out the win. Brian Shaffer made his first career start and struggled, allowing six runs on eight hits over three innings. Offensively, Kevin Smith led the way with three hits and a pair of RBIs. LaMonte Wade reached base four times and delivered RBI base hits in the sixth and the seventh. Brandon Lowe reached base three times and had the game-tying hit in the sixth. Maryland is scheduled to play VCU in their home opener Tuesday at 4pm. They will host Appalachian State for a three game series next weekend. The Maryland Baseball Network will broadcast all of those games, with Terps Pre-Game Live beginning 30 minutes prior to first pitch. 4-1
UCF hands Terps their first loss of 2015
by John Vittas
UCF handed Maryland its first loss of 2015 as the No. 22 Knights (6-0) defeated No. 13 Maryland (4-1) 7-6 at Stanky Field in Mobile, Alabama Saturday.
The Terps rallied for two runs and four hits in the ninth, but left the bases loaded. Maryland stranded twelve runners on the afternoon.
UCF freshman Cre Frinfrock (2-0) held Maryland to two runs and four hits over five and two-thirds innings to earn the win. Freshman Kyle Marsh earned the save despite giving up three straight singles in the final frame.
Maryland starter Tayler Stiles (0-1) was roughed up for five runs on eight hits over four innings and took the loss. Bobby Ruse allowed two runs in the seventh.
Robert Galligan was the bright spot for the Maryland staff, pitching two shutout innings while striking out four. Alex Robinson and Taylor Bloom also pitched well out of the bullpen.
Tommy Williams was the offensive star for the Knights, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Leadoff hitter Dylan Moore had three hits and three runs scored.
The Terrapins (4-1) will take on No. 28 Arkansas (3-1) Sunday morning at 11 a.m. before heading home from Alabama. The Razorbacks offer a radio broadcast which can be heard here.
Terrapins top Jaguars 8-0
By Jimmy Perrino
The Maryland Terrapins (4-0) started out their South Alabama Classic Tournament with a bang. They jumped on South Alabama early and never looked back. Singles by Nick Cieri, Kevin Martir and Andrew Bechtold in the top of the 1st combined to plate four as Maryland built an early, and insurmountable lead.
The top of the order continued to do major damage. In the second inning LaMonte Wade singled in Brandon Lowe to continue the Terps red-hot start with the bats and chase Austin Stephens (0-1) from the game.
LaMonte Wade had four hits Friday, and is now 8-for-16 on the season
Cameron Cochran came in to pitch for USA and shut down the Terps until the 5th inning. Jose Cuas led off the top of the frame by reaching on a Bud Collura throwing error. Martir doubled him to third and Tim Lewis managed to beat a drawn-in infield to drive in Cuas.
Kevin Martir turned around a slow start to the season, finishing the day 3-for-4, with a RBI and a run scored.
The sixth inning was also good to the Terps. Anthony Papio reached on an error and Kevin Smith promptly knocked him in with a single to left field. After a Lowe fly ball moved Smith to third, Wade knocked him in as well with his third hit of the evening, giving Mike Shawaryn an 8 run lead to work with.
LaMonte Wade continued right where he left off in Myrtle Beach with another huge day, contributing 4 hits and scoring a run, as well as driving in two.
Maryland hit well, but the real story today was on the mound. Mike Shawaryn (2-0) was as dominant as an ace should be. To say his stuff was unhittable may be a stretch, but to say nobody on South Alabama could square him up is just about spot on. He finished this very impressive outing with equally as impressive numbers. The final line for Shawaryn was 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 72 P. The balls he allowed to be put in play were fairly split, inducing 6 groundouts and 9 flyouts.
Redshirt freshman RHP Ryan Selmer and freshman LHP Willie Rios made their first career pitching appearances for the Terps in the eighth and ninth innings. Neither allowed a run and Rios struck out one.
The South Alabama Classic in Mobile, AL continues tomorrow as the undefeated Terps (4-0) take on the No. 26 UCF Knights (5-0) at 3pm, and on Sunday when they play the No. 28 Arkansas Razorbacks (3-1) at 11am. Maryland’s probable pitchers are LHP Tayler Stiles and RHP Brian Shaffer, respectively.
Terps defeat Old Dominion 5-2 to Sweep the Weekend in Myrtle Beach
by Dan Servodidio
LaMonte Wade’s two-run single in the seventh inning put Maryland (3-0) up for good on Saturday night as the Terps hand Old Dominion (0-2) a 5-2 loss in the weekend finale of the Caravelle Resort Tournament at Spring Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. The win gave Wade and Co. a sweep in their season-opening slate of games on Coastal Carolina’s campus.
Until the seventh frame, Maryland only amassed one run on four hits. The bats seemed quiet in comparison to the 15 combined runs they put up in the first two games of the weekend. Wade looked to change that slumping trend with one swing.
The inning began with a Andrew Bechtold single, the freshman first baseman’s first career hit in a Terrapin uniform. After right fielder Anthony Papio and second baseman Brandon Lowe both reached base, Wade was looking at a bases-loaded opportunity as the Terps trailed 2-1 late.
Wade’s single up the middle scored both Bechtold and Lowe, giving the Terps a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish. The hit was the junior centerfielder’s second of the game and gave him three RBI in the nightcap of their doubleheader.
“He got out in front of me 0-2. I knew he was going to come back with the curveball,” Wade said. “I saw it up and was able to put a good swing on it and was able to come through.”
Lamonte Wade had four hits and four RBIs on the weekend
Junior reliever Kevin Mooney notched a four-out save to close the door on the Monarchs. The save, his first of the year, gave the Terps’ closer 23 in his career – tying him for first all-time in school history with Brett Cecil.
“He just brings toughness each and every day,” Wade said about Mooney. “We know that when he goes out there, he can get the job done. We can always rely on Mooney to get the job done.”
Following five innings of a one-run, nine-strikeout outing by starter Tayler Stiles, Mooney was the third reliever used by head coach John Szefc. Zach Morris (1-0) earned the win, despite giving up a go-ahead homer in the sixth, while Alex Robinson struck out two as he set the table for Mooney.
“I think our bullpen was tremendous today,” Maryland head coach John Szefc said. “The combination of Morris, Robinson and Mooney was outstanding. They gave our offense a chance to get back into it.”
Wade began Saturday night’s game with an RBI double in the first inning, scoring Lowe and setting a tone the rest of Maryland’s hitters could not keep up. Slated second in the Terps’ lineup, Wade has four hits and four RBI in his first three contests.
The Terps had their final game in South Carolina cancelled due to weather – giving them a five day break until their next game. The team will travel to Mobile, Ala. to take on South Alabama, UCF and Arkansas in the South Alabama Tournament on Feb. 20-22.
Terps defeat Canisius 8-4 in First Game of Doubleheader
By John Vittas
Nick Cieri drove in five runs and scored two as Maryland (2-0) defeated Canisius (0-1) 7-3 Saturday morning at the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway, S.C.
Cieri homered in the seventh inning and cleared the bases on a double to left-center in the second, which extended the Terps’ lead to 4-0.
“I’ve just been sticking to the basics, keeping it simple,” the sophomore said. “I’m just trying to be confident out there. I got a lot of playing time in the summer and the fall to work on my game, and I think it’s paying off right now.”
Cieri eventually scored on a wild pitch to complete a five-run bottom of the second for Maryland. The inning started with a walk to freshman Andrew Bechtold, which was followed by a single from Justin Morris, the first hit of his career. Kevin Smith bunted Bechtold home to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. Brandon Lowe then walked and LaMonte Wade singled to load the bases before Cieri emptied them.
The Terps scored their eight runs Saturday in just two innings. With their lead cut to 5-4, Maryland added a 3-spot in the seventh. Brandon Lowe led off the inning with an opposite field home run to make it 6-4. After LaMonte Wade was hit with a pitch, Cieri delivered a two run home run to right field.
“We were going in there trying to take away the fastball and he left a fastball up and in for me and it just happened to catch the barrel and go pretty far,” Cieri said.
Senior right-hander Bobby Ruse (1-0) pitched five innings of one-run relief to earn the win. Ruse struck out seven and walked only one.
Junior lefty Jake Drossner started the game and did not allow a run over two and a third innings, striking out two and walking five. After Drossner was pulled in the third inning with the bases loaded, reliever Rob Galligan induced a line drive double play, stabbing a comebacker and throwing to first to end the inning.
Over their first two games at Coastal Carolina’s brand new Springs Brooks Stadium, Maryland has scored 15 runs on 17 hits. They’ve hit four home runs, with Lowe responsible for two of them.
“It’s awesome here, the balls really carry,” Cieri said. “It’s a little windy out which helps. I wouldn’t mind playing here a little more often.”
The Terps will return to Springs Brooks Stadium Saturday night to take on Old Dominion at 6 p.m. Maryland defeated the Monarchs 4-3 in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The game can be heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.
Terps top Western Kentucky 7-3 in Season Opener
by John Vittas
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Brandon Lowe crushed a home run to right field in the top of the fourth to give Maryland the lead for good, as the Terps (1-0) defeated Western Kentucky (0-1) 7-3 on Opening Day at the Caravelle Resort Tournament.
“They had been working me inside all day and I saw it out of his hand,” Lowe said. “It was one of those times you didn’t even feel it come off the bat. It felt pretty good.
Lowe finished the day 1-for-2 with three walks, two RBIs and two runs scored. Freshman Kevin Smith reached base three times in his college debut, highlighted by a double and triple.
Anthony Papio connected on a solo home run prior to Lowe’s in the fourth, cutting the Maryalnd deficit to 3-2.
“We definitely have a lot of pop, a lot of experience and guys that can hit for power,” Maryland head coach John Szefc said. “That’s what those guys are supposed to do. They’ve been through a lot of wars here, so that’s what you hope your best players will do.”
Sophomore Mike Shawaryn earned the win, allowing three runs on three hits over six innings of work. Shawaryn ran into trouble in the first, walking the leadoff man and allowing two runs to the Hilltoppers.
“Sometimes with real good arms, the best time to get to them is early in the game,” said Szefc. “Once he settled in, he was really strong. It’s the first time out for a lot of these guys, even our veteran guys. They still have to get back out there and get the dirt under their cleats against somebody else.”
Shawaryn rebounded by retiring the final 10 batters he faced, striking out seven on the day.
Freshman RHP Brian Shaffer pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.
“Shaffer is a big-time strike-thrower,” Szefc said. “Shawaryn has helped him get ready to pitch at this level. He’s got plus stuff and he throws a lot of strikes. It’s hard not to run him out there.”
The Caravelle Regional Tournament continues tomorrow as the Terps take on Canisius at 11 a.m. followed by Old Dominion at 6 p.m. The Terps defeated Old Dominion 4-3 in the NCAA Tournament last year. You can hear the broadcast of both those games right here on MBN.