The Maryland Terrapins baseball team has done it again. For the second time in postseason play, the Terrapins have beaten the Virginia Cavaliers by one run. First in the ACC tournament 7-6; now, in the NCAA Super Regional 5-4.
The Terps rode ace pitcher (and recent Chicago Cubs draft pick) Jake Stinnett over six innings to victory over their ACC brethren Cavaliers. Stinnett gave up six hits and two earned runs over six innings of work, and picked up with win despite Virginia pressing late. Maryland has now won 15 of their past 17 games.
Maryland was able to knock around Virginia’s ace Nathan Kirby, who gave up five runs on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. The Terrapins got the first run of the game in the very first inning off a grounder to short that allowed Charlie White to get home. Virginia responded, and no one scored again until the fourth inning. From there, the Terps were able to put together three runs with some craft small ball. A sac bunt and a double allowed Maryland to bring home three players and take a 4-2 lead after going down 2-1.
Center fielder Charlie White went 3-for-5 on the day with a stolen base, and Brandon Lowe brought in two RBIs for the Terps.
Stinnett maxed out at 118 pitches, and the Terps relied on Bobby Ruse and Kevin Mooney to get them the rest of the way. Bobby Ruse gave up one hit and one run in the eighth before being taken out after 1 2/3 innigs, and Mooney closed the game out. With the save, Mooney now has 13 saves, which ties him with Brett Cecil for most saves in a season; Cecil set the record in 2006.
The Cavaliers stranded 14 runners on base because of the Terps solid defense and great pitching, but also unfortunate luck. The Cavaliers threatened plenty, but they just couldn’t string together enough hits to make Maryland pay for the hung pitches.
If you were wondering how impressive this run was, observe:
Maryland now needs to win one more game against Virginia to advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. They’re going to have to do it against another great Virginia pitcher, too:
With the Terps luck, they’ll figure out a way. Well done, guys!