The Maryland Terrapins baseball team showed there’s more than one way to win a baseball game on Friday afternoon.
Playing in their first NCAA tournament game since the Nixon Administration was in office, the Terrapins beat the Old Dominion Monarchs 4-3 thanks to two batsmen hit by pitches in the bottom of the ninth. That’s right, a walk off hit by pitch.
The Terps loaded up the bases in the ninth after trailing the entire game and heading into the inning down 3-1. Then, Old Dominion’s pitcher Gero plunked Maryland’s Lowe, then Cuas back to back to drive home the tying and winning run.
For the majority of the game, Maryland was simply leaving runners stranded on base, having squandered bases loaded opportunity in the eighth, and two men on in the seventh. But Maryland eventually went back to their bread and butter: getting hit by pitches.
Jake Stinnett was his usual solid self despite the lack of run support:
Stinnett also broke the record for strikeouts at Maryland early in the game:
Old Dominion falls into the losers bracket following the loss, meanwhile Maryland will go on to face the winner of Campbell and South Carolina. The win gives Maryland a very good opportunity to advance, but it also gives them even more confidence and motivation. They handed the school their first NCAA baseball win in over fourty years in their last ACC season.
I won’t go as far as to say that the win was magical, but it’s a great feeling watching Maryland succeed in a sport that has struggled quite a bit in the past. Anyone who’s a baseball fan knows it’s nice to finally be included in all the postseason festivities.
We’ll have more updates for you as the tournament progresses and previews for the next game. How do you feel after the W?