Maryland traveled this weekend to second-ranked Florida State, but fell 201 in the series. Despite the two losses, what we saw was a team that has improved immensely from last year and could continue to surprise throughout the season.
On Friday, Maryland played a game that was anything but close as Florida State cruised to a 15-3 win. On a bright note, Jameis “Famous Jameis” Winston, reigning Heisman and national championship winner, went 0-4 with two strikeouts against Terps ace Jake Stinnett. The top of the order for Florida State was Stinnett’s Achilles heel, though, as the first four batters in the lineup accounted for six of the 15 runs.
Saturday provided a different story. Maryland powered through behind freshman pitcher Mike Shawaryn and came out with a 5-1 victory. Shawaryn had arguably his best outing of the year, throwing five strikeouts and allowing just one run on five hits. Maryland’s offense gave Shawaryn the support needed for victory as the team accumulated five runs on seven hits. What stood out the most that even though Maryland had nine strikeouts in the game, the offense stayed patient and waited for the right pitches.
Sunday was the hangover game for Maryland, as the Terps finished with two hits and 10 strikeouts as sophomore FSU pitcher Mike Compton pitched a near flawless game. These games happen, as Florida State played much better compared to Saturday. The Seminoles scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to blow the game open early and Maryland just did not have any answers.
In the first ACC series of the season, Maryland showed signs of promise against arguably the best team in the nation. No one expected Maryland to go in and dominate the Seminoles, but the win on Saturday is a sign that this season is not a rebuilding season after losing ace Jimmy Reed. Maryland will take on Delaware on Tuesday in College Park.