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Another walk off win, Terps sweep Buckeyes

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Walk off wins and the Maryland Terrapins seem to be synonymous.

The Terps followed up their walk off win Friday night with another walk off win over the Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday afternoon to sweep the series.

Backup catcher Dan Maynard stepped into the batter’s box for his first bat in the ninth inning and hit a single to left field and brought shortstop Kevin Smith in for the game-winning run.

The Terrapins (18-15) scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4, in Mike Shawaryn’s first Sunday start of the season.

“I never consider us out of the fight even if we’re down six or seven in the last inning,” centerfielder Anthony Papio said. “We’ve shown that we can string some things together late just because we believe in each other.”

Shawaryn gave up an RBI double in the top of the third inning for the first runs of the game. Troy Montgomery smashes it to left field beyond the reach of left fielder Marty Costes. After Shawaryn gave up a two-out walk, a bloop single by OSU scored another run, extending the lead to 2-0.

After being no-hit through nine innings on Friday, the Terps offense was dormant again. Their first baserunner of the game was Costes in the bottom of the fourth inning when he was hit by a pitch.

The second baserunner of the day was shortstop Kevin Smith in the bottom of the fifth inning who drew a one-out walk. A wild pitch by right-hander Ryan Feltner allowed Smith to take second base putting him in scoring position.

The first run of the game for the Terps followed the wild pitch. A line drive off the wall in left field by Papio scored Smith from second base.

Third baseman Andrew Bechtold followed up Papio’s double with a single of his own and that was it for Feltner.

Left-hander Dalton Mosbarger comes into the game for the Buckeyes from the bullpen to take over in the bottom of the fifth. A bunt by catcher Justin Morris doesn’t get far enough and Papio is out at home and right fielder Madison Nickens pops out to end the fifth, stranding two base runners.
Shawaryn lets out a roar after striking out first baseman Troy Kuhn in the top of the sixth inning, tallying his ninth strikeout of the day. He finished with 10 strikeouts on the day in 6.1 innings and only walked three batters while throwing 103 pitches.

“The change of mentality kind of helped me throughout the whole start, attack the guys with my fastball, slider and changeup, I felt that all three at one point was working and mixed in with the mentality, elevated it (his game) a little bit,” said Shawaryn.

The Buckeyes tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh inning on RBIs by shortstop Craig Nenning and right fielder Jacob Bosiokovic. Bosiokovic who leads the conference in home runs (9) was held in check Sunday, striking out four times in five at bats.

In the bottom of the seventh, shortstop Kevin Smith hits a solo shot to left field to cut the OSU lead to 4-2.

The Terps bullpen tosses 2.2 shutout innings that led to the ninth inning magic.

After a leadoff walk by designated hitter Nick Cieri, Zach Jancarski comes off the bench to pinch run for Cieri. A hit by first basemen Kevin Biondic and then a walk by Smith set the stage for Papio. Papio laced a single into right field scoring two, and MD ties the game up in the bottom of the ninth.

Bechtold follows up Papio’s single with a walk, loading the bases with no outs for Maynard.

On a 1-1 count, Maynard smacks the ball between the third baseman and shortstop, scoring Smith from third base. Maynard sprints to first bases and tosses his helmet in the air, while the Terps dugout piles on top of him behind first base.

“We got the first guy on, and we kind of just took it from there,” Maynard said. “We really pride ourselves on having tough at-bats no matter what the situation is.”

Right-hander Mike Rescigno was awarded his second win of the season and right-hander Yianni Pavlopolous was hit with the loss, in his second consecutive blown save.

Riding a four-game win streak, the Terps hit the road with Richmond on Tuesday, and then travel to Minnesota for a three-game series.

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