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Maryland baseball: Terps cage Jaguars, 8-0

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Maryland scored early and often, riding a four-hit game by LaMonte Wade and a three-hit game by Kevin Martir. Mike Shawaryn turned in another gem, hurling seven scoreless innings.

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Tonight Mike Shawaryn (1-0) faced JuCo transfer LHP Austin Stephens (0-0). South Alabama was the host school, so the crowd was decidedly in favor of the Jaguars.

Terps jump on top early

Brandon Lowe led off the top of the first by getting plunked on an 0-2 pitch. LaMonte Wade followed with a seeing-eye grounder through the right side of the infield. One out later Nick Cieri did the same, giving the Terps a 1-0 lead. Kevin Martir singled in another run. When Tim Lewis was hit by a pitch, the bases were loaded. Andrew Bechtold stroked a single to right to put the Terps up by four.

The Terps added another run in the next inning. With one out, Lowe singled and then stole second. Wade lined a single to right center that made the score 5- 0.

Shawaryn was in command, retiring the first nine Jaguar hitters on only 22 pitches. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Cole Billingsley was the first Jaguar to reach base, stroking a one-out single to right. But that was all South Alabama could muster and the Terps led 5-0 after four innings.

Jaguars' fielding woes help the Terps bust the game open

In the Maryland fifth, Jose Cuas got aboard via an error. After Cieri flied out deep, Martir smashed a double down the left field line. With the infield drawn in, Lewis hit a sharp single past the second baseman to give the Terps a six run lead. Fielding continued to plague the Jaguars in the sixth inning. Anthony Papio hit a sky-high fly that the left fielder booted for a two-base error. Kevin Smith singled, and Papio came home when the left fielder bobbled the ball. Smith went to second on the throw home and was singled home by Wade's third hit of the day: the Terps led 8-0.

South Alabama made some noise in the seventh inning. The first two hitters got aboard via singles. However, Shawaryn retired the next three hitters, two via strikeouts, to end the Jaguar threat. That was Shawaryn's last inning, his final line: 7 ip, 3h, 0 r, 0 bb, 6 k.

Ryan Selmer pitched a scoreless eighth. Willie Rios made his Maryland debut in the ninth and completed the shutout.

Shawaryn got the win to improve to 2-0. Overall, Maryland improved to 4-0. Of note is that Maryland has yet to have an error this year.