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Maryland baseball: Surging Terps take down Wolfpack 7 - 4; assure series win

Maryland rode a strong pitching performance by Mike Shawaryn and took advantage of NC States inability to throw strikes. Charlie White added a two-run home run, and with the win the Terps have at the very least taken the series.

After last night's dominant win what could the Terps do for an encore? How about jumping out to another big lead and handing NC State its fifth consecutive conference loss? How about Charlie White hitting his first home run? All that and more.

Of course it helps to send Mike Shawaryn (4 - 0) to the mound. The freshman has been sensational so far this season. But he was facing a quality pitcher in junior Logan Jernigan, provided Jernigan keeps balls in the strike zone. Today he didn't and the Terps took advantage.

Jernigan wild, Terps jump out on top 4- 0

The Terps jumped on top in their half of the first. Charlie White singled and then Blake Schmit was HBP. Kyle Convissar hit into a double play, with White taking third. Anthony Papio singled to right center and the Terps led 1 - 0. In the bottom of the second the Terps played small ball. The Terps loaded the bases on a singles by Mike Rescigno and Kyrsthian Leal, coupled with a walk to White. Schmit was once more HBP, scoring a run. Convissar singled and the Terps now led by three. Papio was the third Terp HBP on the day and another run scored. Kevin Martir fouled out to end the inning.

Shawaryn baffles the Wolfpack hitters; Terps extend their lead

Shawaryn was virtually untouchable in the first three innings, allowing only an infield single. The Wolfpack finally got on the board in the fourth, thanks to a lead-off homer by Trea Turner on a 0 - 2 pitch. That did not unnerve Shawaryn as he retired the next three batters. Shawaryn sailed through the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings also.

In the sixth the Terps got some power from an unexpected source. Leal belted a double and then White hit a home run down the right field line. The Terps added another run in the seventh when with two outs LaMonte Wade singled. Wade stole second and came home on a single by Mike Rescigno.

Big Trouble in the eighth but Terps escape to win the game

Jared Price came on to pitch for the Terps in the eight with a six run cushion. However things got a bit tense. After striking out the first batter Price gave up consecutive singles, then walked the next hitter to load the bases. The dangerous Andrew Knizner plated one run with  a  shallow single. Kevin Mooney came on to pitch and hit his first batter. Logan Ratledge singled in the third Wolfpack run in the innings. The bases were still loaded with the leading run coming up to the plate. But Mooney struck out the next tw hitters to end the threat. Mooney put down the Wolfpack in order in the ninth to seal the victory for Maryland, 7 - 4.

Mike Shawaryn got the win to move to an incredible 5 - 0. Kevin Mooney got his third save of the season. With the victory the Terps moved to 15 - 6 overall and 4 - 4 in the ACC.