COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team received superb pitching performances from Jake Stinnett and Mike Shawaryn, and added some timely hitting to sweep a doubleheader against Bryant on Saturday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. The Terps (3-2) took both games by the score of 3-0.
In game one, Stinnett retired the first 17 Bryant batters he faced before a swinging third strike got passed catcher Nick Cieri and allowed Bryant shortstop Dan Cellucci to reach first base and break up the perfect game. Two batters later in the Bulldog seventh, Carl Anderson broke up the no-hit bid with an infield single.
In all, Stinnett went eight innings allowing one hit and striking out a career-high 11, besting his previous career high of eight, which he set against Rider on April 3, 2013. The senior from Vista, Calif., faced 26 batters, two over the minimum and struck out five of the first nine batters he faced.
In game two, Shawaryn scattered four hits over six innings with three strikeouts to pick up his second win in as many outings. The Terps received stellar bullpen work from Tayler Stiles and Alex Robinson both of whom pitched perfect innings of relief to set up Kevin Mooney for his second save of the season.
The back-to-back shutout victories mark the first time the Terps have posted consecutive shutout wins since the 2012 Terps blanked St. Peter’s in both games of a doubleheader on March 14 (9-0 and 1-0).
Over the two games, Anthony Papio went 3-for-5 with a RBI, while Blake Schmit had two hits and two runs scored. Left fielder Andrew Amaro had two hits and two RBI to pace the Terps offensively.
In the third inning of game two, center fielder Charlie White picked up his first stolen base of the season. The steal increased his career total to 62 tying him with Larry Long and Alfredo Rodriguez for the most in program history.
For the majority of game one, Bryant (0-2) starter Craig Schlitter went pitch-for-pitch with Stinnett. The right hander held the Terps to one run on two hits over five innings. But the Terps were able to scrape across their lone run against Schlitter in the home half of the second inning. With Tim Lewis standing on second base, Papio opened the scoring when he dropped a RBI single into right field.
The Terps threatened to extend their one-run lead in the fifth. Maryland loaded the bases with no outs, but Schlitter struck out the next two batters and got the third out on a ground ball to the shortstop to get out of the jam.
Maryland added two runs in the seventh. With runners at the corners, Bryant reliever Kyle Wilcox was called for a balk forcing in Schmit from third. Amaro then singled home Jose Cuas from second to give the Terps a 3-0 lead.
Ben Brewster entered in the ninth inning and earned his first career save. Schlitter took the loss, while Stinnett improved to 1-1.
In game two, Maryland opened the scoring in the third inning when White scored on a wild pitch. The Terps extended their lead to three in the fourth. With the bases loaded, Cuas took a pitch off his left leg to force home a run and Amaro followed with a RBI single to left.
Shawaryn earned the win to improve to 2-0, while McAvoy took the loss for Bryant. Mooney got the save, his second of the season.
The Terps and Bulldogs conclude their weekend series on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.