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Magical season ends for Maryland with loss to Virginia

Posted on 09 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.

The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.

“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season,” said head coach John Szefc. “I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.

“As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”

Junior Charlie White and senior Blake Schmit led the Terrapins with two hits each, as Cavalier starter Josh Sborz kept the Terrapin offense at bay striking out nine batters in seven shutout innings.

Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.

Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.

The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.

LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.

Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

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Virginia tops Maryland, forcing decisive Game 3 Monday

Posted on 08 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia broke a 1-1 tie and scored six runs over the final four innings to defeat the Maryland baseball team, 7-3, and force a decisive game three in NCAA Super Regional play Sunday afternoon.

Monday’s game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. on ESPN2, with the winner advancing to the College World Series.

After Maryland (40-22) tied the game at one with a RBI single from Brandon Lowe in the bottom of the fifth, Virginia (48-14) answered with a run in the sixth and scored three in the seventh to take control of the contest.

The biggest opportunity for the Terps came in the bottom of the fourth trailing by one. Lowe and Jose Cuas led off the inning with back-to-back singles and moved up on a one-out walk by Tim Lewis. With the bases loaded, Kyle Convissar hit a line drive directly at second baseman Branden Cogswell who made the catch and stepped on the bag to double up Cuas and end the Terrapin threat.

Lowe led the Terps offensively with three hits and tallied one RBI on the afternoon, while Cuas, Anthony Papio andKevin Martir each added two hits. Freshman starter Mike Shawaryn allowed five earned runs in six innings on the mound with two strikeouts.

After a pair of scoreless frames to open the game, the Cavaliers struck first with a run in the third on a trio of singles. Mike Papi’s single to right field did the damage, scoring Robbie Coman from second on the play.

Maryland threatened to answer in both the third and fourth innings, and finally squared the game, 1-1, in the bottom of the fifth as Kevin Martir set the table with a single to center field. Lowe then delivered with his third hit of the game, knocking a blooper to right center to score Martir.

The Cavaliers wasted little time reclaiming their lead, however, as Kenny Towns led off the sixth with a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a fielding error. John La Prise followed with a first-pitch chopper to shortstop to plate Towns and give Virginia a 2-1 advantage.

The Cavs then opened the game an inning later, 5-1, with a three-run seventh on four hits. The Cavs loaded the bases and Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with a sacrifice fly to left field. Townes and Kenny Downes then followed with RBI singles to center.

Run-scoring hits from Joe McCarthy and Branden Cogswell in the final two innings gave the Cavs a pair of insurance runs to hold off the surging Terps, who scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth before reliever Artie Lewicki notched the final out.

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Terps top Virginia in Game 1, one win from College World Series berth

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Terps top Virginia in Game 1, one win from College World Series berth

Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Junior Charlie White went 3-for-5 with two runs and made a potential game-changing catch in the first inning to lead the Maryland baseball team to a 5-4 victory over Virginia in the first game of the NCAA Super Regional in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday.

The Terps (40-21) have an opportunity to clinch their first trip to the College World Series in program history tomorrow as they take on the Cavaliers at noon on ESPN2. Maryland claimed its 40th victory of the season in the win, as Jake Stinnett allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work.

“I’m very happy for our guys and everyone who works for our program to be able to come in here and play the way we did against a very good team in a tough environment,” said head coach John Szefc. “We felt we did a really good job offensively early on to get their starter out. He’s obviously one of the better left-handed pitchers in the country and I know he’s had a lot of
success here this season.”

Maryland jumped on All-American pitcher Nathan Kirby in the top of the first, as White hit a leadoff double to left field and then advanced to third on a LaMonte Wade sacrifice bunt. Redshirt freshman Brandon Lowe then hit a grounder to shortstop to score White and put Maryland ahead, 1-0.

Virginia answered with a run in the bottom of the first and threatened for more with the bases loaded and only one out, but White made an incredible sprawling catch in center field to limit the damage. White sprang to his feet and found the relay man, Blake Schmit, who fired home in time for the inning-ending double play.

“That inning was Charlie White’s inning,” said Szefc. “First, he got us going offensively. But that catch is as good as hitting a double with the bases loaded because he took two runs off the board. That may not show up on his offensive statistics, but everybody in that dugout knows how important that was. To get out of that inning and to minimize the damage as much as we did was crucial.”

The Cavaliers took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the third as Mike Papi hit a two-out single and made his way to third after a stolen base and a throwing error. Papi then scored after Wade had trouble scooping an errant throw by Jose Cuas at first base.

Maryland retook the lead in the fourth, however, scoring three runs to open a 4-2 advantage. Cuas and Schmit used a pair of hits to begin the inning, before Tim Lewis knocked in Cuas with a single through the right side. The Terps then utilized a suicide squeeze to score Schmit after Kyle Convissar laid down a textbook bunt. Anthony Papio then completed the scoring with a double to left center field to score Lewis. Kirby left the game after pitching 4-2/3 innings – his shortest outing of the season.

White was the catalyst for another Terrapin run in the fifth after singling through the right side and advancing to third on a passed ball and sacrifice bunt. Lowe then knocked in White for his second RBI of the game with a sacrifice fly to right field.

Virginia cut its deficit to two, 5-3, in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice fly to right field by Branden Cogswell. The hosts then added another run in the eighth on Papi’s third hit of the day which scored Daniel Pinero.

Closer Kevin Mooney closed the door on the Cavaliers, however, fighting through 1-1/3 innings of work to earn his 13th save of the season – tying a program record. Bobby Ruse, who entered in the seventh in relief of Stinnett, also tied the program single-season record for appearances (30). Both tied former Terp Brett Cecil in their respective categories.

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Maryland, Virginia being super regional Saturday with CWS berth at stake

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 NCAA Super Regionals – Charlottesville Super Regional

Sat., June 7-Mon., June 9

Location: Charlottesville, Va.
Stadium: Davenport Field
Television: ESPN2
Radio: SiriusXM 91
Internet: ESPN3
Live Stats: umterps.com
Twitter: @UMTerpsbaseball

Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule

Saturday, June 7
Game 1: Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday, June 8
Game 2: Noon (ESPN2)

Monday, June 9
Game 3: 4 p.m. ET (ESPN2)*

*If necessary; time and network subject to change

MARYLAND MEETS VIRGINIA IN FIRST EVER SUPER REGIONAL APPEARANCE

After sweeping the Columbia Regional, Maryland travels to Charlottesville to take on national seed (#3) Virginia at Davenport Field. The best-of-three series gets underway at noon Saturday with game two scheduled for noon Sunday. If necessary, game three will be played Monday at 4 p.m. All three games are being carried live on ESPN2.

TERRAPIN TAILS

-With three wins in the Columbia Regional, Maryland improved to 4-6 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Its 3-0 mark in Columbia captured Maryland’s first regional title in school history.

-Maryland’s 4-3 win over South Carolina Saturday ended a 28-game home postseason winning streak and handed the Gamecocks their first ever postseason loss at Carolina Stadium. USC entered the weekend 16-0 at Carolina Stadium in postseason action.

-The Terps had five players named to the Columbia All-Regional Team led by centerfielder Charlie White, who was named the regional’s most outstanding player. White was joined by Jose Cuas (third base), Kevin Martir (catcher),Mike Shawaryn (pitcher) and LaMonte Wade (first base).

-Charlie White hit .545 (6-for-11) in the regional with a double, four runs scored and two RBI including a single to center to score the Terps’ first run in their ninth-inning comeback against Old Dominion.

-Right hander Mike Shawaryn earned his ACC-leading 11th victory of the season Saturday against the Gamecocks. Shawaryn’s win total is tied for 12th nationally and is a Maryland single-season record. Shawaryn, along with second base Brandon Lowe, earned Collegiate Baseball newspaper Freshman All-American honors Wednesday.

-Terrapin ace Jake Stinnett struck out seven Old Dominion batters Friday to increase his season total to 130. Stinnett passed Steve Schmoll (124 Ks, 2003) for first on Maryland’s single-season strikeout list. Stinnett leads the ACC in strikeouts and ranks third nationally.

-Catcher Kevin Martir was a large part of Maryland’s surge in May. The catcher led the team in hitting (.400), slugging (.620) and on-base percentage (.492). He had 10 RBI in 15 games to along with two doubles and three home runs. Martir is currently riding a career-long 13-game hitting streak.

-Closer Kevin Mooney earned his 12th save of the season in Saturday’s win over USC. Mooney is one save shy of Brett Cecil’s single-season record of 13 (2006). He is two saves shy of Cecil’s career record of 23.

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