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Maryland SS Schmit drafted by Twins in 26th round

Posted on 07 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Twins selected 40 total – 19 pitchers and 21 position players in 2014 Draft

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected 30 additional players on the final day of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft to bring their three-day total to 40 players. In all, the Twins drafted 19 pitchers, including 16 collegiate arms, and 21 position players in the three days of the draft. Of the 21 position players, six are catchers, 10 are infielders and five are outfielders.

Among the players the Twins selected was University of Maryland SS Blake Schmit. Schmit was selected in the 26th round (770th overall), joining Jake Stinnett (2nd round-Chicago Cubs) as Terps to be drafted. Schmit bats right-handed and is hitting .312 with a home run and 17 doubles for the Terrapins.

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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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Terps pick up preseason All-Big Ten recognition

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Led by wide receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, seven Maryland football players have been named to Phil Steele’s Preseason All-Big Ten Team, the publication announced Thursday.

Diggs and Long both earned first team honors as two of the three wide receivers on the squad. Diggs finished second on the team in receptions and receiving yards last season despite missing the last five games with a leg injury. In seven games, Diggs had 34 receptions for 587 yards and three touchdowns and averaged 83.9 yards receiving per game.

Long, who also missed the final five games of the season due to injury, averaged 15.3 yards per reception in 2013 and 69.9 yards per game. Long finished the season with 489 yards receiving with one touchdown.

Five Maryland defensive players earned spots on the defensive unit. Defensive back Sean Davis, linebacker Cole Farrand and defensive lineman Andre Monroe all were named to the third team. Davis led the team in tackles last season with 102 and had two interceptions.

Farrand ranked second on the team in tackles. The senior totaled 84 tackles including 4.5 for a loss. Monroe was a constant presence in the opponent’s backfield last season. Monroe led the team in tackles for loss (17.0) and sacks (9.5).

Defensive back William Likely and linebacker Matt Robinson were fourth team selections. Likely had a strong freshman campaign last season totaling a team-high seven passes defensed with one interception. Robinson finished fourth on the team in tackles (73) and racked up 10.0 tackles for loss.

After converting 21-of-24 field goals a season ago, kicker Brad Craddock earned a spot on the second team special teams unit. Likely also received a nod on special teams being named to the third team as a punt returner.

To see the full All-Big Ten team, visit philsteele.com.

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Maryland pitcher Stinnett drafted in second round by Cubs

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md.  University of Maryland right hander Jake Stinnett has been selected in the second round (45th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Chicago Cubs.

Stinnett is the 15th Terrapin to be drafted over the last four years and is the highest-selected Maryland player since Brett Cecil was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round (38th overall pick) of the 2007 draft.

A second team All-ACC selection as a senior, Stinnett has served as Maryland’s Friday night ace throughout the 2014 campaign leading the Terps to their first NCAA Super Regional appearance in program history this weekend against Virginia.

The Vista, Calif., native has compiled a 7-6 record in 15 starts (2.65 ERA), striking out a program-record and ACC-best 130 batters in 112.0 innings this season. Opponents are hitting just .192 against the righty hurler, which ranks third in the ACC.

This season, Stinnett accomplished a feat not seen in the ACC since 2006 winning weekly player of the week honors four times.

Stinnett was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but chose to remain at Maryland for his senior season.

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Maryland lands Georgia Tech PF transfer Carter Jr.

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Maryland lands Georgia Tech PF transfer Carter Jr.

Posted on 06 June 2014 by WNST Staff

Maryland Signs Transfer Robert Carter, Jr.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon has announced Friday the signing of transfer power forward Robert Carter, Jr.

A Thomasville, Ga., native, Carter, Jr., (6-8, 247) averaged 10.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in two seasons (54 games, 49 starts) at Georgia Tech. Carter, Jr., will be eligible for the 2015-16 season as a redshirt junior and will enroll at the University of Maryland this summer.

“We’re excited to welcome Robert to the University of Maryland men’s basketball program,” Turgeon said. “We had a great visit with Robert and his parents, Robert Sr., and Linda, and welcome them to our family. Robert is a tremendous young man and he will be an outstanding teammate and leader. He is a complete player with a strong offensive skillset that complements his desire to rebound and defend. Our program is thrilled to have him as we transition into the Big Ten.”

Carter, Jr., took his game to another level as a sophomore in 2013-14, averaging 11.4 points and 8.4 rebounds despite missing 10 games to a torn meniscus midway through the season. He would have ranked third in the ACC in rebounding if he had played the minimum number of games to qualify statistically.

“I decided to come to Maryland because of the relationship I developed with Coach Turgeon,” Carter, Jr., said. “I have watched and respected how he has developed players throughout his coaching career.  He has been a very successful head coach and I like his style of play.  I am excited about the freshman class coming in and the current players we have on our team. We have a great opportunity to win and be successful.  I am looking forward to competing in the Big Ten and being a part of an outstanding program.”

A versatile player with a complete skillset, Carter, Jr., has twice been invited to participate in training camp for USA Basketball. He was invited to the Under-19 team to prepare for the FIBA Americas U19 Championships in the summer of 2013 and also participated in the USA Under-18 team trials in the summer of 2012.

As a freshman at Georgia Tech, he started all 31 games and averaged 9.9 points and 6.7 rebounds. He was named to the Coaches ACC All-Freshman team following the season.

Carter, Jr., scored double-digits 29 times during his career with the Yellow Jackets, and also totaled 12 double-digit rebounding games. He had started 44 consecutive games prior to his injury.

Ranked 21st among the nation’s seniors and seventh among power forwards in the class of 2012 according to ESPN, Carter, Jr., earned first team all-state honors in class AAAAA as a senior at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga.

-Maryland-

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Schedule set for Maryland/Virginia NCAA super regional

Posted on 03 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The NCAA officially announced dates and times for this weekend’s Super Regional round on Tuesday. The best-of-three series between Maryland and Virginia will be held June 7-9 at Davenport Field in Charlottesville.

The series’ first pitch is scheduled for noon Saturday with game two set for Sunday at noon. If necessary, the third game is tentatively scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday. All three games will be televised on ESPN2.

Maryland (39-21) is making its first-ever appearance in the Super Regionals following a three-game sweep of the Columbia Regional. The Terps earned a walk-off win over Old Dominion in the opener between defeating top-seeded South Carolina on consecutive nights.

The winner of the super regional will advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.

2014 NCAA Charlottesville Super Regional Schedule
Saturday (June 7)
Game 1 
- Noon (ESPN2)

Sunday (June 8)
Game 2 
- Noon (ESPN2)

Monday (June 9) – if necessary
Game 3
 - 4 p.m. (ESPN2)*
*Time and network subject to change

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Maryland pulls out of Jimmy V Classic game against Villanova-will play event in 2016

Posted on 03 June 2014 by WNST Staff

The Illinois men’s basketball team will play Villanova in the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The teams will square off in the first game of a doubleheader at 7 p.m. ET from New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden. ESPN will televise both games, which also includes Indiana vs. Louisville at 9 p.m. Illinois replaces Maryland – which due to scheduling issues – will now play in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.

The Fighting Illini returns all five starters and a total of nine letterwinners from last year’s club that won 20 games and advanced to the NIT Second Round. The Fighting Illini also posted a 7-11 record in a deep Big Ten Conference. Highlighting the returnees are seniors Ravyonte Rice, Tracy Abrams and Nnanna Egwu.

“Illinois is a great addition to the 2014 Jimmy V Men’s Classic doubleheader,” said Nick Dawson, ESPN senior director, programming and acquisitions. “Their matchup against Villanova, followed by Indiana facing Louisville, gives the event two competitive games that will to drive tremendous awareness to The V Foundation and the mission to beat cancer.  We are also glad to have Maryland in the 2016 Jimmy V Classic.”

The Illinois-Villanova series dates back to 1938 with the two teams meeting six total times each winning three games. Villanova has captured the last two meetings, most recently a 66-63 victory in the 1988 NCAA Championship quarterfinal round. Villanova will play in its third Jimmy V Classic, losing the previous two games: 67-58 to Texas in 2008 and 81-71 to Missouri in 2011. Illinois faced Providence in the 2003 Jimmy V Classic, falling 70-51.

The early-season event will conclude the eighth annual Jimmy V Week, a weeklong initiative across multiple ESPN platforms and programs featuring special content to help raise funds for cancer research. In seven years, Jimmy V Week has generated $8,246,000 in total contributions for The V Foundation for Cancer Research, including a record-setting number of $1,827,000 in 2013.

Tickets for the Jimmy V Classic will go on sale at a later date this fall.  Ticket prices range from $15-$275 and will be available for purchase at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone at (866) 858-0008 and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.

About The V Foundation
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $115 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs. Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

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Maryland crushes South Carolina to claim first ever NCAA regional title

Posted on 02 June 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Top-seeded South Carolina saw its season come to an end with a 10-1 loss to second-seeded Maryland on Sunday night in the NCAA Columbia Regional at Carolina Stadium.

With the win, the Terrapins (39-21) claimed the Columbia Regional title and advanced to the program’s first Super Regional. The Gamecocks finish the season with a 44-18 record. It’s the first time since 2009 South Carolina hasn’t advanced to a Super Regional and the first time since 1976 it has lost a regional at home.

South Carolina managed nine hits on the night, including two apiece from first baseman Kyle Martin and center fielder Tanner English.

Maryland tallied 13 hits, with center fielder Charlie White going 3-for-4 to lead the way. Jose Cuas, Blake Schmit and Anthony Papio added two hits each.

Terrapin reliever Tayler Stiles (5-2) earned the win after working two scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out one. Reliever Bobby Ruse picked up his first save of the season by working the final 3 1/3 innings and giving up just a hit with three strikeouts.

Gamecocks starting pitcher Joel Seddon (3-2) took the loss as he surrendered five runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings on the mound, the longest outing of his career. He matched his career-high in strikeouts with six.

The Gamecocks found success at the plate in the bottom of the first. Marcus Mooney led off with a single up the middle. Three batters later, Martin ripped a two-out double to left center, and Mooney beat the throw home to give South Carolina a 1-0 lead.

However, Maryland took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth. White singled to lead off the inning, and LaMonte Wade drew a walk before both runners advanced to second and third with no outs on a wild pitch by Seddon. Shortstop Blake Schmit delivered a two-out single to left field, driving home both White and Wade to give the Terrapins a 2-1 advantage.

The Terrapins added a run in the fifth, as Papio singled and later scored when Wade reached on a fielder’s choice, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

Maryland went on to add seven more runs over the final four innings to earn its trip to the Super Regional.

ALL-REGIONAL TEAM
C – Kevin Martir, Maryland
1B – LaMonte Wade, Jr., Maryland & Kyle Martin, South Carolina
2B - DC Arendas, South Carolina
3B – Jose Cuas, Maryland
SS – Tyler Urps, Old Dominion
OF – Charlie White, Maryland
OF – Matt Nadolski, Campbell
OF - Tanner English, South Carolina
DH/U - Max Schrock, South Carolina

P - Wil Crowe, South Carolina
P – Mike Shawaryn, Maryland

Columbia Regional MOP: Charlie White, Maryland

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

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Terps continue remarkable NCAA Tournament run with win over South Carolina

Posted on 31 May 2014 by WNST Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Charlie White had two hits and scored twice as Maryland ended South Carolina’s 28-game NCAA tournament home winning streak and took control of the Columbia regional with a 4-3 victory Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (43-17) hadn’t lost an NCAA game at home since 2002 and the Terps (38-21) didn’t appear to be likely candidates to stop them in their first NCAA appearance since 1971. But Maryland led 4-0 in the second inning and held on to remain perfect in NCAA play. The Terps need only to win Sunday night to reach the super regionals.

The Gamecocks must defeat Campbell (41-20) on Sunday, then top Maryland twice to move on.

LaMonte Wade had two hits and an RBI for the Terrapins. Brandon Lowe drove in a run and saw two more score on his grounder in the three-run second on third baseman Joey Pankake’s throwing error.

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