The University of Virginia baseball team hammered out 17 hits, one shy of their all-time postseason record, and put 7 runs across the board to even up the best-of-three series against University of Maryland with a 7-3 win. Game two of the best-of-three series was very different from the first game for Maryland.
In game one, the Maryland pitching staff only gave up four runs on nine hits to the Cavaliers. The Maryland offense scored five runs on 10 hits, outing performing Virginia by one in both hits and runs. The second game started very similar to the start of the first.
Both teams got hits in the first inning of game two, as they did in game one. Unlike game one, where both teams scored one run in the first inning, neither Maryland nor Virginia scored until the third inning of game two.
The Cavaliers started the barrage of hits in the first inning against Maryland’s freshaman starter Mike Shawaryn and did not let up for the rest of the game. The Cavaliers managed to get at least one hit in every inning of the game against a very good Maryland staff.
Despite the number of hits he gave up, Shawaryn pitched into the seventh inning for the Terrapins. Shawaryn exited the game in the top of the seventh with the bases loaded after he allowed two singles and hit a batter.
On the afternoon, Shawaryn gave up 12 hits and allowed five runs, walking just one. Four more Maryland pitchers were used in the game after Shawaryn exited, all allowing at least one hit.
Pitching was not the only problem for Maryland on Sunday. Though they managed to get nine hits, the Terrapins only scored three runs in the game, two coming in the bottom of the ninth inning. In total, Maryland left eight runners on base; obviously not the number a team wants to have if they are trying to win a game.
The bright spot in this loss for Maryland was the resilience they showed in the bottom of the ninth. The Terrapins managed to score two runs after the first two base runners reached, one on an error and the other on a single. The first base runner, Kyle Convissar, scored on a single by Kevin Martir and the second base runner, Anthony Papio, scored on a ground ball double play.
Both the lack of runs and the poor pitching are rare for this Maryland team in NCAA tournament this year. Before the loss, Maryland had been a perfect 4-0 in the tournament, had not allowed more than four runs in a game, and scored at least four runs in every game.
The series against Virginia is not over however. The teams will play a decisive game three Monday night in Charlottesville. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2 at 7:00.