Maryland baseball falls to .500 following home opener versus West Virginia

After winning its season-opening series versus USF over the weekend, Maryland baseball fell to West Virginia in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon.

The Mountaineers opened the game with a five-run outing in the top half of the first and stretched the lead to 7-0 after Ryan Van Buren gave up a solo shot in his first appearance of the season. Maryland punched back after third baseman Nick Lorusso’s brought in the first two runs off a double in his 22nd career game with multiple RBIs. After another West Virginia solo shot in the seventh stretched the deficit to 8-2, centerfielder Elijah Lambros cranked his first career home run on a two-run shot to cut the lead in half. The next at-bat, catcher Luke Shliger hit a solo shot to make it an 8-5 contest.

Maryland would tack on another in the ninth after shortstop Kevin Keister singled to center, cutting it to 8-6, but it wasn’t enough as the Terps ultimately fell to 2-2 on the season.

Maryland opened the season winning two of three on the road against USF after belting grand slams in each game. After falling 8-7 in game one, Maryland outscored USF 17-6 over the next two games. Matt Shaw went 5-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored on Sunday. The five hits set a new career-high for Shaw and was the fourth time in his career he posted four hits in a game. Ian Petrutz recorded two hits in each game to open the season, meanwhile, sophomore infielder and legacy Terp Eddie Hacopian recorded his first career home run in a Maryland uniform.

Maryland will rebound this Friday with a three-game series at fourth-ranked Ole Miss on the SEC Network. First pitch is set for 5 PM EST with 2:30 PM EST start times slated for the weekend.

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