Shawaryn, White Power Terps Past #11 NC State, 7-4

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn held 11th-ranked NC State to one run over seven innings and centerfielder Charlie White hit his first career home run to help Maryland defeat the Wolfpack, 7-4, Saturday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium to clinch the series.

Shawaryn, who entered the contest with the fifth-lowest ERA in the ACC, scattered four hits over his seven innings of work and struck out six, one shy of his career high, to improve to 5-0 on the season. The Carneys Point, N.J., native threw 62 of his 88 pitches for strikes and only faced four batters over the minimum.

"He is a money guy. He just makes big pitches, when he has to make big pitches,” said head coach John Szefc. “He can reset himself as quickly as any guy I've been around, certainly for a freshman. He's very consistent. You know what you are getting out of Mike Shawaryn 99.9 percent of the time."

After going 0-for-5 in game one of the series Friday night, White bounced back in a big way on Saturday. White finished with two hits including a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth that put the Terps (15-6, 4-4 ACC) up 6-1. The homer was a career first for White as he went 2-for-3 with three runs scored and two RBI in the contest.

"That is the mark of a guy who can be a really good pro,” said Szefc. “He had a tough day yesterday against a really good arm. The best players don't bring Friday into Saturday, or Saturday into Sunday in a negative way. I think he's gotten much, much better at knowing who he is and playing with confidence."

For the second straight day, Maryland jumped on NC State (14-7, 3-5 ACC) in its first at-bat. A mishandled ball in right field allowed White to slide into second after a single to right. With two outs in the inning, Anthony Papio picked up his first of two RBI on the day by singling to right to score White from third.

The Terps increased their lead to four in the third inning. Singles by Mike Rescigno and Krysthian Leal, and a walk loaded the bases for Blake Schmit. NC State starter Logan Jernigan hit Schmit with the first pitch of the at-bat for a hard-earned RBI.

Kyle Convissar then followed with a sharply hit ball to third that could only be knocked down by the third baseman for a RBI single. The Terps tacked on their final run of the inning when Papio was hit with a 2-2 pitch.

NC State got one run back in the fourth with a leadoff home run by Trea Turner. But White answered for Maryland in the sixth and pushed the Terps’ lead to five. After Leal doubled to right center, White drove a 0-1 pitch down the right field line and over the wall for his first career homer.

Maryland headed to the eighth with a 7-1 lead following a RBI single by Rescigno in the seventh. But the Wolfpack answered in their next at-bat with three runs and had an opportunity for more.

Terrapin closer Kevin Mooney entered with the bases loaded and one out. The sophomore forced one run home on a hit-by-pitch and surrendered a RBI single to left. With the Maryland lead down to three, Mooney recovered to strike out Jake Armstrong looking and got Nathan Hood swinging to end the threat.

In the ninth, Mooney got Kyle Cavanaugh to pop up, struck out Garrett Suggs swinging and got Brett Austin to line out to first to seal the win. For Mooney, it marked his third save of the season. Shawaryn improved to 5-0, while Jernigan dropped to 3-2.

Maryland and NC State conclude their series Sunday at 1 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.