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University of Maryland Baseball Continues to Tap South Jersey Talent

University of Maryland Baseball Continues to Tap South Jersey Talent
For the last number of years, the University of Maryland’s baseball program has recruited heavily in South Jersey and this year is no exception.
 
The Terrapins have six players on the roster from South Jersey.
 
When one thinks of recent Maryland players from South Jersey, the first to comes to mind is former Gloucester Catholic righthander Mike Shawaryn.
 
A fifth-round draft choice of the Boston Red Sox in 2016, Shawaryn is currently a starting pitcher for Boston’s Triple-A team, the Pawtucket Red Sox.
 
At Maryland he set several career records, including career wins (30), career strikeouts (307), single season wins (13 in 2015), career innings pitched (307 1/3) and single season strikeouts (138 in 2015).
 
This year two former Gloucester Catholic pitchers are among the key member of the Terrapins, who began the week with a 15-15 record.
 
The pitchers are senior righthander John Murphy and freshman lefthander Andrew Vail. Both have been coming out of the bullpen.
 
A power pitcher, Murphy had appeared in 12 of the first 30 games, all in relief. He was 0-0 with a 3.68 ERA and six saves. Murphy had struck out 25 in 14 2/3 innings.
 
Last year Murphy recorded four saves in 23 appearances. He was 1-3 with a 4.26 ERA in 25 1/3 innings. As a sophomore he was 1-0 with a 1.71 ERA in 31 2/3 innings. As a freshman he appeared in eight games, making two starts.
 
Vail has made 10 relief appearances in the first 30 games and was 1-0 with an impressive 1.23 ERA. He had nine strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings and opponents were hitting just .160 against him.
 
Last season he was helping Gloucester Catholic win a second straight state title. Vail was a consensus all-South Jersey selection after going 7-2 with a 2.42 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings.
 
Three other pitchers on the team from South Jersey are sophomore righthander Mike Vasturia from St. Augustine and freshman lefthander Drew Wilden of West Deptford and freshman righthander Sean Heine from Shawnee.
 
Vasturia had made four appearances and opponents were batting .091 against him. Heine had pitched eight innings in 10 relief appearances and Wilden had appeared in three games, totaling 4 2/3 innings.
 
The other South Jersey player is sophomore infielder Tommy Gardiner from Lenape. He had appeared in 21 of the first 30 games, making 18 starts and was batting .200 in 65 at-bats.
 
Maryland competes at one of the highest levels of college baseball, in the Big 10. The Terrapins will continue the South Jersey pipeline as current Bishop Eustace senior Matt Orlando will join the program next year.
 
Orlando is one of the top shortstop-pitchers in South Jersey. He will continue the local tradition of top talent from South Jersey, competing in the Big 10 for the Maryland baseball program.

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