Terps Open Series with Bryant

By Connor Bell

In the first game of a best of three series, the Terps snapped their three game losing streak as they beat the Bryant Bulldogs 5-3, scoring five unanswered runs in a come from behind win.

Terrapins’ pitcher Mike Shawaryn earned is second victory of the season as he held the Bulldogs to four hits and recorded two strikeouts. Shawaryn struggled in the fourth and fifth innings however as lead off double by Bryant in the top of the fourth allowed them to hit back to back sacrifice flies into right field to make it a 1-0 game.

The fifth inning was no different as Shawaryn walked three more batters and gave up one hit, and combined with an error from the third baseman, Andrew Bechtold, gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

But Shawaryn regained control and finished the fifth by stopping the bleeding, then the Terps’ bats came alive as Kevin Smith and Justin Morris started it off in the fifth with back to back doubles to make it 3-1.

Shawaryn shutdown Bryant in sixth, then the Terps thanked him by scoring three runs on four hits started of by Anthony Papio who hit a double down the first base line which scored two to tie the game at three. Then Madison Nickens singled between first and second to give the Terps the lead.

Shawaryn finished the game in the seventh inning and relief pitcher Taylor Styles came in and completed the rest of the game as he only allowed one hit in two innings.

“That’s a good grind it out Friday night type game,” said Maryland head coach John Szefc reflecting on the victory, “Mike didn’t have his best stuff but he fought through it … and that’s what you need your best guy to do.”

Shawaryn went seven innings pitched with three earned runs four hits and most importantly kept his composure under the pressure of the fourth and fifth innings.

“I didn’t have my greatest stuff but I just kind of stepped off … and kind of got back on the mound and started challenging hitters,” said Shawaryn, “I thought it was a good all around team win and it was good to get back to our winning ways.”

The Terps’ win was also rather impressive coming against a team like Bryant who was 8-2 coming into the game with wins over teams like San Diego State, and No. 22 Kentucky.

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