The first four innings of Friday afternoon’s 5-3 Virginia win over Maryland were comprised of dueling impressive pitching outings from Virginia’s Connor Jones and Maryland’s Mike Shawaryn, though in different styles.
Shawaryn was the escape artist, getting out of jams in the second, fourth, and fifth innings without surrendering a Cavalier run. Jones simply cruised through the Terrapins, not allowing a hit until the fourth inning.
But the first crack in the foundation came courtesy of Maryland’s LaMonte Wade in the fifth inning.
With the bases loaded and two outs, Wade ripped a ball to center that glanced off the glove of center fielder Adam Haseley. Two runs scored to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
That was part of a 35-pitch fifth inning for Virginia’s Jones, who had thrown just 45 total in the four innings prior.
Maryland pushed the lead to 3-0 before Virginia fought back in a monstrous eighth inning.
After registering a quick first out, Shawaryn ran into trouble. Back-to-back Cavalier singles forced head coach John Szefc to use his bullpen, inserting Kevin Mooney. The issues for Maryland persisted.
Two more Virginia singles and a double plated five runs and quickly flipped the momentum.
The Super Regional is a three-game series between the two teams, so Maryland will need to win the next two games to advance. The series winner faces the winner of the best of three between Missouri State and Arkansas.