COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Brandon Gum and junior Zach Jancarski hit back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches to give the Maryland baseball team a walk-off 2-1 victory over Penn State at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Friday night.
The Terrapins (22-11, 7-3 Big Ten) rode a fantastic start by ace right-hander Brian Shaffer, who struck out a career-high 11 batters over eight and two thirds of an inning. Maryland waited till the ninth to unleash its bats, with Jancarski tying the game on a solo jack to left before Gum rocketed a ball over the left field fence to end the game.
A pitchers dual between Shaffer and Penn State right-hander Sal Biasi was the story for most of the night. Shaffer’s lone blemish was a solo home run off the bat Ryan Sloniger in the fifth. Shaffer gave up just four hits and walked one. He lowered his ERA to 1.83 and has now struck out 67 in 64.0 IP this season.
On the other side, Biasi foiled Maryland’s hitters throughout the night. The Terps placed runners on in multiple innings, but Biasi consistently prevented any Maryland rally.
Biasi came out for the ninth to try and finish a complete game. After striking out the pinch hitting Dan Maynard, Biasi worked ahead of Jancarski to a 1-2 count. Jancarski laced the next pitch on a line to left for the second home run of his season.
That set the stage for Gum, who blasted the first pitch he saw over the fence in left to end the game. It was Gum’s third home run of the season.
Maryland is now 13-1 at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium this season.
The Terps and Nittany Lions return to the diamond Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. Coverage of the contest can be heard live on the Maryland Baseball Network.