LINCOLN, Neb. – Junior right-handed pitcher Brian Shaffer tossed an eight-inning complete game, but the No. 24 Maryland baseball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Nebraska at Haymarket Park Friday night.
The Terrapins (19-9, 5-2 Big Ten) were unable to get much going on Nebraska starter Jake Hohensee, who was spectacular in eight and two thirds of an inning of work. Maryland did bring the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Luis Alvarado closed the door.
Hohensee was the story throughout. The Cornhusker right-hander allowed a Marty Costes single in the first, before not allowing another hit until the ninth. Maryland came closest to scoring in the third inning when Zach Jancarski was stranded on third.
Nebraska scratched across a run in that frame to take a 1-0 lead. Jesse Wilkening scored that run, and then did damage with his bat in the fourth, spraying a two-out, two-run double to give Nebraska a 3-0 advantage,
Shaffer scattered eight hits over his eight innings of work and struck out four.
The Terps attempted to mount a late charge in the ninth. Jancarski singled to open the inning before a Nick Dunn fly out. Costes then ripped a double to left field to put runners in scoring position and chase Hohensee.
Senior Brandon Gum then singled up the middle off Alvarado to score Jancarski and put runners on the corners. Alvarado was able to strikeout Will Watson and induce a Nick Cieri line out to end the contest.
Maryland and Nebraska are back for game two on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on BTN. Fans can also listen to the contest on the Maryland Baseball Network.