Shawaryn, Terps Stifle #2 Noles to Even Series

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. Maryland received another strong pitching performance from freshman Mike Shawaryn and sprinkled in some timely hitting to defeat No. 2 Florida State, 5-1, Saturday at Dick Howser to even the series at one.

Entering Saturday’s contest, Shawaryn had not surrendered a run in his last two outings and stretched that streak into the eighth before the Seminoles got their lone run of the game. In all, Shawaryn pitched a career-best 7-1/3 innings holding FSU’s offense to five hits and one earned run, while striking out five.

Shawaryn retired eight of the first nine batters he faced and held the Seminoles to three hits through six innings. The Carneys Point, N.J., native retired eight straight FSU batters between the fourth and sixth innings including a four-pitch fifth inning.

"As a team, this is big win for us,” said Shawaryn. “To come out here, having lost last night, and dominate and really get us going is pretty special."

The freshman hurler was also the beneficiary of a strong defensive effort. With the Terps leading 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, the Seminoles threatened and loaded the bases with one out. But Shawaryn forced Ben DeLuzio to roll over on a slider, which Jose Cuas picked at third to start a 5-2-3 double play to get the Terps out of the inning.

“I knew it wasn't going to get past [Cuas],” said Shawaryn. “He got it and I knew we had a chance at it. Once Kevin [Martir] turned it, that's a big-time play and a big-time pick by [LaMonte] Wade."

The momentum shifting play carried over offensively in the eighth. Michael Montville doubled down the left field line to start the inning and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Charlie White. Brandon Lowe walked on five pitches and then moved to second on a wild pitch.

Facing a 2-1 count, LaMonte Wade went the opposite way and drove the pitch into the left-field corner for a two-RBI double. The knock extended the Maryland lead to 5-1.

The Maryland bullpen took over in the eighth with Alex Robinson getting the final two outs of the inning and Kevin Mooney striking out the side in the ninth in a non-save situation. Shawaryn improved to 4-0 and Seminole starter Brandon Leibrandt suffered his first loss of the year falling to 2-1.

Offensively, Kyle Convissar and Wade each finished with two RBI. Convissar put the Terps up by three runs in the sixth with his first home run of the year. Lowe scored two runs and drove in one, while White added a hit and a run.

Looking to shake Friday’s result, the Terps put pressure on the Seminole defense right from the jump. White laid down a bunt forcing Leibrandt to hurry his throw. Leibrandt’s throw ended up in the dirt and rolled into right field. After being misplayed, White advanced to third. With the Florida State infield back, Lowe hit a grounder to second to score White for his team-leading ninth RBI of the season.

Maryland flashed some power in the sixth and extended its lead to 3-0. With one out, Lowe dropped a single into left. Two batters later Convissar took a 3-1 pitch and sent it over the wall in left for his first home run of the season and fourth of his career.

After Maryland stretched its lead to five in the top of the inning, Florida State got one run back on a RBI double by Brett Knief. But the Seminoles would get no closer as Robinson and Mooney shut the door.

With the series knotted at one, the Terps and Seminoles will play the finale of the weekend set Sunday at 11 a.m. from Dick Howser Stadium.