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Maryland baseball vs. Rhode Island final score, with 3 things to know from the Terps' 1-0 win

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The Terps won a pitcher's duel in their first home game of the season.

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Mike Shawaryn held Rhode Island to one hit in Maryland baseball's home opener on Friday, and the Terps needed everything he had in their 1-0 victory.

Maryland's ace had five strikeouts and didn't walk a batter in eight innings of work for his first win of the season, before ceding to Ryan Selmer for the ninth. Selmer retired all three batters he faced to register his second save of the year.

Shawaryn was only one half of a pitcher's duel on Friday, as Rhode Island's Steve Moyers equaled him in almost every way. The Rams' own ace only allowed one unearned run on four hits in eight innings of work. He struck out five and walked two, but came away with his second loss of the season.

Each team only managed one hit through the first three innings. The Terps broke through in the bottom of the fourth when the Rams botched what would have been an inning-ending double play. Maryland's Nick Cieri grounded a ball to second baseman Chris Hess that looked like a surefire 4-6-3 double play, but shortstop Kevin Heiss's throw to first base was off the mark, and Kevin Smith, who singled earlier in the inning, came around to score. That was the only run the Terps would get, but with Shawaryn on the mound, it was all they would need.

Smith's two hits were exactly half of Maryland's team output, as Madison Nickens and Nick Dunn each had singles to round out the team's effort.

Maryland is now 2-2, and will continue the series Saturday at 2.

Three things to know

1. Mike Shawaryn is a must-see. The junior right-hander dominated the Rams' lineup, rarely allowing the ball out of the infield and facing the minimum 24 batters in eight innings. Maryland students should consider skipping happy hour a few times this season to come see him pitch.

2. Steven Moyers shut down Maryland's offense. Rhode Island's lefty was almost as good as Shawaryn, as the only run he allowed was unearned, and two of the four hits he allowed came in the fourth inning. Neither starting pitcher deserved to lose this game, but one had to.

3. It was really cold. The mid-30s weather certainly played into the hands of the pitchers, as did the breeze blowing in from center field. MLB teams are fortunate enough to be down south this time of year - the Terrapins aren't so lucky.