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Pitching leads Terps to bounce-back win over Purdue

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Mike Shawaryn struck out 10 batters to lead Maryland to a 6-0 victory over Purdue to even the series on Saturday.

Mike Shawaryn struck out 10 batters to lead Maryland to a 6-0 victory over Purdue to even the series on Saturday.

Three up, Three Down.

That was the motto Saturday evening for Terps right-hander Mike Shawaryn, as Maryland defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 6-0 in game two of the weekend series. It was an impressive bounceback victory after a 7-1 loss in the opener on Friday and three losses in four games.

Shawaryn pitched eight scoreless frames, striking out 10 batters, to force a rubber match between the two sides on Sunday. After pitching on Friday’s for the past two seasons, early struggles forced head coach Szefc to move Sharawyn back in the rotation on Apr. 8.

He’s now two strikeouts away from breaking Maryland’s all-time strikeout record.

“I thought I attacked the zone really well, one through eight, in a couple of games I got away from that,” said Shawaryn. “Today I had a good mindset going out, a good game plan, and I was able to execute it.”

Since his recent demotion, this was Shawaryn’s best outing, mirroring the dominance of his last two seasons. He retired the Boilermakers in order in four innings, and only first-baseman Kyle Wood was able to reach base against Shawaryn after the third inning.

“That was old Mike Shawaryn, and Mike Shawaryn in general, that’s kind of what he’s got to give us,” said Szefc. “He’s a lot more relaxed. His tempo is quicker, he’s throwing more strikes, and he just looks more comfortable than he did early on.”

Behind Shawaryn, the Maryland (20-18, 6-5) offense was clicking on all-cylinders. The Terp tallied 11 hits and went 6-for-14 with runners in scoring position. More impressively, Maryland went 5-for-10 with two outs on the day.

The Purdue (7-29, 2-12) offense was non-existent as Wood had two of their four total hits in the game.

The Terps scored first in the bottom of the 2nd inning, when left-fielder Marty Costes hit a solo-home-run just to the right of the left field foul pole. It was his team-leading eight home run of the season.

The offense was led by designated hitter Madison Nickens, who went 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI.

“The important thing about a team is how good you can rebound after getting beat up,” said Nickens. “Yesterday, we weren’t happy. We took the positives out and came back today and got the job done.”

With a 4-0 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, right-fielder Anthony Papio hit a two-run bomb just right of the center field wall for extra insurance, and for his second homerun of the season.

With right-hander Taylor Bloom on the mound in game three, the Terps will look to win the series.

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