Maryland baseball picked up a huge series win this weekend at home against 25th-ranked Georgia Tech. With the win, Maryland’s postseason’s chances look much better and the Terps solidify themselves in fourth place in the Atlantic division behind Florida State, Clemson and Wake Forest.
Third baseman Jose Cuas led the way again for Maryland, with shortstop Blake Schmit and Tim Lewis getting multiple hits in Friday’s opener. Georgia Tech got the scoring started in the first inning after some shaky pitching from ace Jake Stinnett. But he got it together and allowed just one run, four hits and recording ten strikeouts in the remaining eight innings. Maryland put away the game late, scoring a combined six runs in the seventh and eighth innings and taking advantage of two Georgia Tech errors. In an impressive showing in the opener, the Terps looked to keep the ball rolling into Saturday.
Maryland’s offense got going, recording eleven hits on 25 at-bats, behind great offensive performances from second baseman Brandon Lowe and center fielder Charlie White. Starting pitcher Mike Shawaryn recorded the victory for Maryland, improving his record to 7-2 on the year, while allowing five hits, one earned run and nine strikeouts. Going into the bottom of the eighth inning in a 1-1 tie, Maryland pulled away when third baseman Jose Cuas got it going with a double. After Cuas advanced to third, allowing Kyle Convissar to walk to first base, Maryland took advantage of the scoring opportunity and brought in three runs to give us the final score of 4-1. Kevin Mooney recorded his seventh save of the season in the Terps series-clinching victory.
Sunday, however, showed us the explosive Georgia Tech team. The Yellow Jackets combined for 50 at-bats, recording thirteen hits and runs in that stretch. A seven-run ninth inning sealed the deal for the Yellow Jackets, as Maryland fell to 24-14 (9-11) on the year, while Georgia Tech improved to 25-16 (11-10).
Despite a humbling loss to end the series, Maryland certainly took advantage of its opportunity to build its resume this weekend. Although they’re still on the outside-looking-in, Maryland is looking more likely to play some meaningful postseason baseball.