By Ethan Cadeaux (@Ethan_301)
After dropping the first game of the series Friday night to California State University, Fullerton, in extra innings, the Terps took the final two games of the weekend to bring home their second straight series win.
Terps’ ace Mike Shawaryn took the bump to open the series on Friday. Shawaryn had a solid outing, pitching six innings and allowing just one earned run. When their pre-season All-American left the game, the Terps were down 2-0.
In the top of the eighth inning, the Terps’ were able to score their first run of the game behind a Marty Costes’ RBI single, scoring Nick Dunn. With bases loaded, Andrew Bechtold reached on a swinging bunt, scoring Costes and tying the game.
But in the bottom of the tenth, Titans’ Timmy Richards hit a walk off homerun to give Cal State Fullerton the opening game of the series.
Over the next two games, the Terps’ starting pitchers turned in two of their best performances in a long time, leading the Terps to two impressive victories.
On Saturday, Terps’ starter Taylor Bloom went the distance in an 8-4 victory. Bloom only allowed two earned runs in his nine innings pitched.
The Terps’ offense was led by two Marty Costes homeruns. Costes opened the game with a two-run shot in the first inning, and hit a solo homerun in the seventh. Kevin Biondic hit a solo shot immediately following Costes’ bomb in the seventh, extending the Terps lead to 8-2 at the time. The Titans would score two more runs in the ninth, but it wouldn’t nearly be enough.
In Sunday’s rubber match, Maryland would win 1-0 behind Terps’ starter Brian Shaffer’s gem. Shaffer would throw the Terps’ second complete game in as many days, allowing just seven hits and walking zero, turning in the Terps’ best pitching performance of the season.
The lone run for the Terps would come in the top of the sixth inning, when right fielder Madison Nickens doubled to right center, scoring catcher Justin Morris. The Terps’ would just muster four hits, but the one run was plenty behind Shaffer’s gem.
The Terps return to action Tuesday night, when they host Liberty University. First pitch is at 6 p.m at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.