Former Maryland pitcher Mike Shawaryn makes his MLB debut
PItcher Mike Shawaryn slings the ball as the Terps defeated Rhode Island, 1-0, at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Feb. 26, 2016. (Daniel Jenkins/The Diamondback)
Maryland baseball fans should’ve had their eyes glued to the TV on Friday night, specifically the Tampa Bay Rays-Boston Red Sox game.
First off, the Rays have former Maryland baseball star Brandon Lowe, who was a member of both Super Regional teams in 2014 and 2015.
The Red Sox, as of a few days ago, have Mike Shawaryn, also a member of both Super Regional teams. Shawaryn was called up for the first time in his professional baseball career last week, but he made his MLB debut Friday.
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Shawaryn entered the game in the eighth inning, one batter after Lowe, tossing a clean inning and striking out one.
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Kevin Kiermaier welcomed him to the big leagues with a leadoff home run in the ninth as Shawaryn came in to pitch a second inning. However, he stayed calm, striking out the side to get out of the inning.
His line: 2 innings pitched, 4 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 1 hit allowed.
Not a bad outing for “The Unicorn,” but again, there was a possibility for him and Lowe to face off in the ninth. The three strikeouts prevented that, but it should happen soon.
Though the Sox lost 5-0, it was a great night for Maryland baseball.