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.