Terps Knock Off Fighting Irish for Series Win

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. Second baseman Brandon Lowe had three hits, including two doubles, and left fielder Tim Lewis drove in three runs to lead Maryland to a series-clinching 6-2 victory over Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

Lowe finished the contest 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI. Over the last 10 games, Lowe is now batting .500 (16-for-32) with five doubles and four RBI. Lewis came through with a two-out, two-RBI single in the seventh to break the game open and put the Terps (27-19, 11-14 ACC) up by four.

"It's nice to get the series victory on a Saturday rather than on Sunday,” said head coach John Szefc. “If we're doing what we're supposed to be doing, this is what we should be doing at home.”

Six runs were more than enough for starter Mike Shawaryn, who earned his eighth win of the season tying a Maryland single-season record. The freshman scattered four hits over 6-2/3 innings and sat down 12 Notre Dame batters in a row following a two-out, two-run homer in the second.

"Baseball is all about your starting pitchers,” said Szefc. “If you get a good start out of your pitcher, you have a good chance to win.

"The key to the day was that it was a come from behind win. This was a much needed win. Our pitching staff did a great job."

Ben Brewster pitched a perfect 2-1/3 innings in relief of Shawaryn to earn his second save of the season. The senior lefty kept the Fighting Irish (17-29, 4-19 ACC) off the scoreboard in the seventh after entering with the bases loaded.

The Terps trailed by two following a two-run home run by Ryan Bull in the second, but answered with three runs in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by LaMonte Wade and Lowe gave the Terps runners at first and second to start the frame.

With one out, Blake Schmit, who went 2-for-3, doubled to right to score Wade plating Maryland’s first run of the afternoon. Lowe then came home to score on a squeeze by Lewis to tie the ballgame. Mike Rescigno followed with a chopper to third and when the throw sailed past Blaise Lezynski at first Schmit scored on the throwing error.

Lowe gave the Terps a two-run lead in the fifth notching his second double of the afternoon. This one scored Charlie White from second. For Lowe, it was his 26th RBI of the season.

Maryland extended its lead to four in the seventh behind a two-RBI single from Lewis. After Notre Dame intentionally walked Schmit to load the bases, Lewis drove a single over the second baseman’s head and into right field to score White and Lowe.

Maryland and Notre Dame meet in the series finale Sunday at 1 p.m. from Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. It will mark the Terps final ACC home game.