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If a team kept track of style points, Maryland earned a lot of them on Saturday. Junior Charlie White hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to bring in junior Anthony Papio from second base for the game winning run in a 3-2 win over North Carolina.
Maryland showed yet again that they live and die with their pitching and defense. Freshman Mike Shawaryn allowed eight hits and two runs in just 4.2 innings, but freshman Tayler Stiles got the win after allowing just three hits in 4.1 innings. The two freshmen left a combined 13 Tar Heels on base.
The offense is still a work in progress, as the Terps scored three runs on just four hits. There is no doubt that if Maryland wants to compete every night, the lineup will need to get going. With a more experienced lineup this year, the Terps are surely off to a slow start. However, this has not deterred them, and it showed tonight when Maryland picked up their second win against a top-25 team this season.
In a conference with six ranked opponents in the top 22, Maryland will consistently face the best of the best. What Saturday’s win proves is that this team will not back down no matter what. The next step is beating these teams on a consistent basis rather than taking one of the three games against a top-25 team.
Due to the possibility of snow, Sunday’s rubber match has been moved to noon in order to avoid any later delays. Maryland will look to win their first series this year in the ACC and get back to .500 in the conference