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Maryland baseball: No. 14 Terps top Gophers 5-1, 12-9 in 1st B1G series

The Terps swept Minnesota in their first B1G games. In Game One Shawaryn was dominant in 5-1 victory. The Gophers jumped on top 7-0 in Game Two before Maryland mounted a furious comeback to win 12-9. Kevin Mooney got his career record-setting 4th save, Jose Cuas had three home runs, and Tim Lewis knocked in four runs.

Game One

Today's starting pitchers in Game 1 were Maryland's Mike Shawaryn (4-0) vs. Minnesota's Ben Meyer (0-2).

Welcome to the B1G with a big inning

Both pitchers sailed through the first two innings. However, the Terps busted through in their half of the third. Anthony Papio doubled into the left-center field gap, and went to third on a sacrifice bunt. After Kengo Kawahara struck out, the Terps strung together five straight hits. Brandon Lowe singled through the hole on the right side of the infield to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. Kevin Smith lined a single to right field, and Kevin Martir's double made it 3-0. Then Jose Cuas launched a no-doubter over the Maryland Pride sign in left center. Nick Cieri singled, but was cut down attempting to steal second. After three innings, the Terps held a 5-0 lead.

With two outs in the top of the fourth, the Gophers started to stir. Matt Fiedler got aboard via an error, which was followed by a single to center by Toby Hanson. However, Smith made a nice play on a grounder in the hole to keep Minnesota scoreless.

Gophers battle back, but to no avail

The Gophers got on the board via an unearned run in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Fiedler had an infield single and went to second on an errant throw. Hanson grounded deep into the hole in the right hand side of the infield, and Lowe's throw to Shawaryn was a bit high: the ball skipped around and Fiedler scored.

Halloran had a leadoff single. Micah Coffey struck out, but Alex Boxwell blooped a single to left. The runners advanced on a ground out. But Shawaryn's breaking ball caused another Gopher to fan, ending the Minnesota threat. However Meyer had only one crooked inning, and he also was pitching effectively.

Ryan Selmer came in to pitch the ninth for the Terrapins. Shawaryn's line: 8ip, 1r, 0er, 6h, 1bb, 6so.  Other than an infield hit, Selmer was dominant.

Mike Shawaryn improved his record to 5-0, the Terps' eighth straight win put them at 15-5 overall, 1-0 in the B1G.

Game Two

Today's starting pitchers in Game 2 were Maryland's Willie Rios (1-0) vs. Minnesota's Dalton Sawyer (3-2).

Gophers dig a large hole for the Terps

The game was only seconds old when Dan Motl gave Minnesota it's first lead of the day with a towering home run down the left-field line. The Gophers scored a second run on a walk, stolen base, and an infield single Tony Skjefte.

Jordan Smith led off the second inning with a double. He came home on a two-out single through the middle. Another run scored on a single by Fiedler. Austin Atthman doubled in the third Gopher run of the inning. Skjefte singled in two more runs, and the Terps trailed 7-0.

Terps mount comeback

In the bottom of the inning, Cuas led off with his second home run on the day, a rope that just cleared the fence in left field. Cieri was HBP. One out later, Papio laced a double into the right field corner. Cieri then scored the Terps second run on a ground out. Kawahara's single plated the third Terp run.

Zach Morris came in to pitch for the Terps to start the third inning.  A single, swinging bunt, and an infield single put a runner on third with one out. Luke Pettersen laid down a drag bunt for an RBI-single. The Gophers pushed their lead to 8-3.

Tim Lewis' singles in two runs in consecutive innings to put the Terps on top

In the bottom of the third, Martir drew a one-out walk. That was all for Sawyer, as Minnesota brought LHP Lucas Gilbreath in to pitch. After Cuas flew out to deep left, Cieri walked. Martir and Cieri executed a double steal, and both came around to score on a single by Lewis: the Terps trailed 8-5. In the next inning Biondic walked, and was brought home on a two-out double by Smith. Martir singled home Smith and the Terps were within a run of tying the score. Cuas walked and Cieri got an infield single to load the bases. Once more Lewis came through with a two-run single, putting the Terps on top 9-8. Papio's single pushed the Terps' lead to two runs.

Cuas hits his third homer on the day

Zach Morris got the first Gopher batter on a fly out to start the sixth. He was relieved by Ryan Selmer, as four right handed hitters were due up. Morris' line: 3.1 ip, 1r, 5h, 0bb, 1so. Fiedler hit a nubber that went for an infield hit. After a ground out, Fiedler came home on a bloop single by Skjefte. In the bottom on the inning, Cuas hit a solo shot, his second of the game and third on the day.

Tayler Stiles took over in the top of the seventh, and he retired the side in order. Papio led off the bottom of the inning by hitting a rope over the right fielder's head for a triple. Kawahara's single (his third hit of the game) made it 12-9 Terps.

Mooney gets Maryland career record 24th save

Jared Price started the eighth for Maryland. After walking the leadoff batter, Robert Galligan came in for the Terps. He got a ground out to first. Kevin Mooney came in to try for his career-record 23rd save. Currently Mooney is currently tied with MLB All-Star Brett Cecil. A wild pitch moved the Gopher runner to third. However, Mooney go the hot-hitting Fiedler to pop up to second and Halloran to fly out.

Mooney stuck out the first batter, before giving up an infield single. A double play ended the game.

Zach Morris (2-1) got the victory and Kevin Mooney save #2 on the year, a Maryland-record 24th of his career. The Terps have now won nine straight to move to 16-4 overall, 2-0 in the B1G. With the victory, the Terps have won their first B1G series.