PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Junior Zach Jancarski notched a career-high four hits and junior Brian Shaffer tossed seven strong innings as the Maryland baseball team defeated Rutgers, 5-1, at Bainton Field Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins (16-8, 3-1 Big Ten) led for entire contest after scoring in the opening inning. Maryland has now won 15 of its last 18 games.
Maryland opened the scoring in the top of the first. Jancarski reached on an error to leadoff the game, before stealing second and moving to third on a Marty Costes fly out. Senior Brandon Gum then singled through the left side to plate Jancarski.
Junior Kevin Smith doubled Maryland’s lead in the second with a solo home run to left field. The homer was Smith’s team leading sixth of the season.
The Terps took control of the game in a three-run fifth inning. Sophomore AJ Lee was hit by a pitch to start the inning and then headed to second on Justin Morris’ sac bunt. Jancarski then singled left to put two on for Nick Dunn.
Dunn grounded a potential double play ball, but after Jancarski was put out at second, the throw to first got away and allowed Lee to come around to score. Dunn ended up on second base. Costes took advantage, sending a triple to center field to plate Dunn. Costes came into score when an error at third allowed Gum to reach.
Shaffer was in control throughout his seven innings of work, scattering five hits. Christian Campbell did the only damage with a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth. Shaffer ended the day with four Ks and he lowered his ERA to 1.70.
Junior right-hander Ryan Hill tossed two scoreless innings to close out the contest. Jancarski ended the day with a career-high four hits.
Maryland returns to action Sunday afternoon for a doubleheader against the Scarlet Knights. Game one will begin at 11 a,m. with game two coming 30 minutes after the completion of the first game. Both games can be seen live on BTN Plus ($) or heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.