STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – Maryland right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn broke the Maryland career record for strikeouts in his complete game four-hitter to propel the Terps past Penn State, 7-1, at Medlar Field Friday night.
The Terrapins (23-18, 8-5 Big Ten) took an early lead and did not look back in a comprehensive performance. Shawaryn broke Steve Schmoll’s 13-year old school record with the 273rd strikeout of his career in the third.
“I thought it was a really important night for our team and him,” head coach John Szefc said. “The guy goes out and throws a complete game in tough weather, and these guys are good. Him breaking the strikeout record is icing on the cake for Mike. He was vintage Mike Shawaryn.”
Sophomore Kevin Smith led the offense with three hits and an RBI. He now has eight RBIs over his last two games.
Maryland struck first in the opening frame. Smith singled with one out, but was put out at second when freshman Nick Dunn reached on a fielder’s choice. Dunn went to second when the throw got away at first and then scored on freshman Marty Costes’ single to right.
The Terps put two more across in the top of the third. Sophomore Zach Jancarski singled before moving to second on a Madison Nickens sac bunt. After Jancarski stole third, Smith roped a single into left to plate the sophomore.
Smith moved to second on a Dunn groundout before taking third on a wild pitch. Costes then drew a four pitch walk before Smith scored when Penn State starter Taylor Lehman attempted to pick Costes at first.
Shawaryn notched the record breaking strikeout in the third after tying it with a punchout in the second. The junior struck Conlin Hughes out swinging to become the Maryland career strikeout king.
Maryland continued its hot offense in the fourth. Junior Nick Cieri was hit by a pitch before moving to second on an Anthony Papio single. Redshirt freshman Andrew Bechtold moved the runners up on a sac bunt and Nickens brought them home with an two-run single up the middle.
Penn State grabbed a run in the sixth, but Shawaryn cruised throughout the night, notching his first career complete game with 106 pitches. The Carneys Point, N.J., native allowed just four hits and struck out six while walking just one.
“It was kind of tough to celebrate the record during the game,” Shawaryn said. “I had a lot more innings to pitch. My first goal in the game is to win the game, but it’s pretty special to have that record and be considered among those guys. They came before me and laid the groundwork to allow me to do what I have to do.”
Maryland tacked on a pair of insurance runs for Shawaryn in the ninth. Nickens hit a solo home run to lead-off the inning before a Smith double. Smith moved to third on a Dunn infield single and scored on Costes’ sac fly.
The Terps return to action tomorrow for a doubleheader with Penn State. Game one begins at 3 p.m., and will be broadcast live on the BTN. Game two is scheduled for 6 p.m., and both contests can be heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.
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