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Terps taking a blue-collar approach to success

By: Anirudh Sridhar

Terps baseball

They grind, they fight, and they don’t give up.

The Maryland Terrapins baseball team has shown tremendous resiliency this season, winning big games after tough losses, and rallying from behind to win late in games.

“Were definitely a blue collar team, preparation wise, everything we do in the fall, sometimes the results aren’t going to be there, but you got to be a tough guy,” right fielder Anthony Papio said.

Recently, the results are showing for the Terrapins.

Their most recent show of resiliency came against the Purdue Boilermakers in a three game home series. The Terps lost the first game of the series on Friday, and head coach John Szefc said it was one of the lowest points of the season.

Without their ace Taylor Bloom, right-handers Mike Shawaryn and Hunter Parsons stepped up to the occasion and pitched the Terps to victory in the next two games to win the series. With half of conference play over, the Terps are still confident that they will be involved in post-season play.

“We’re only halfway through the Big Ten season. If we do what we’re supposed to do down the stretch, we’ll be fine,” Szefc said.

Against the Ohio State Buckeyes in their Big Ten home opener series. The Terps had two walk-off wins in the series. In the first walk off win, the Terps were being no-hit through nine innings, but managed to score a run in the bottom of the ninth, and then score the winning runs in the 10th inning.

In the series finale, the Terps trailed 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, but once again, rallied to win the game 5-4.

“Every guy in our dugout is a tough guy, I never consider us out of the fight even if we’re down six or seven in the last inning,” Papio said.

The scrappy Terps have been involved in 11 one-run games this season, posting a record of 6-5 in those 11 games. The attitude among the team is that hopefully they’re able to land more on the winning side of those decisions going forward.

“”We have a really good culture in the dugout and on the field. We’re always trying to get better,” Shawaryn said. “I think now we’ve gotten it down to a point where we’re going to do it (rally and win) every game, hopefully we can ride it out.”

Last season, the Terps went to their second consecutive NCAA Super Regionals after being dormant in the college baseball world since 1971, their last conference championship and appearance in the NCAA Regionals.

Despite losing a lot of seniors at the end of the season, a lot of the younger players have stepped up for the Terps, and there is a competitive spirit among the team.

Earlier in the season, when the Terps played four games in California, they battled with the No.23 Cal State Fullerton Titans. After losing a heart-breaker in 10 innings in the first game of the series, they came back and won the last two games of the series against the Titans’ two best pitchers.

“It’s (mental toughness) something coach Szefc recruits and what our identity is and in the fall, coach is pounding it in our brains,” shortstop Kevin Smith said. “It makes us stronger when we come out in the spring.”

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