Maryland will look to rebound from Friday’s abysmal performance against the 13th-ranked Tar Heels. The Terps offense was nowhere to be found in their 7-0 loss and the Terrapins fell to 10-5 overall and 1-3 in the ACC.
With pitcher Jake Stinnett on the mound, the Terps felt they had a favorable matchup with freshman Trent Thornton on the mound for North Carolina. Instead, Stinnett could not get it going and finished with six hits, four runs charged and six strikeouts in six innings. It didn’t help Stinnett that he was unable to get any run support.
Thornton pitched a great game, finishing with six hits allowed and eight strikeouts in seven innings. In three consecutive innings late, Maryland had runners in scoring position, but could not get the necessary hit to capitalize. The Terps saw a similar performance in the Florida State series where Maryland’s offense was inconsistent each game.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s matchup, UNC will have sophomore Benton Moss (2-1, 2.20 ERA) on the mound to match the hottest pitcher on the team, Mike Shawaryn (4-0, 0.75 ERA) who will look to start 5-0. It’s another great pitching matchup, and if Maryland wants to come out on top, their batters will need to hit better and give Shawaryn the necessary support.