With their season on the line, the Maryland baseball team turned to Bobby Ruse to help advance to Omaha to play in the College World Series.
Despite pitching well as a reliever all year, Ruse struggled with his command and yielded all six Virginia runs in a 11-2 Terrapins loss on Monday evening. The loss ends Maryland’s magical season one win short of Omaha.
It was a night of early struggles for the Terps.
Virginia’s Derek Fisher started the scoring on an RBI single to score Daniel Pinero. Third baseman Kenny Towns knocked in a pair of runs on a deep fly ball that bounced off the right field wall. Ruse threw 26 pitches and had a good amount of bad luck as he had a ball carom off his leg with two outs that kept the inning alive. Virginia scored all three runs after that play.
After a tough first inning, Ruse only needed nine pitches to get through the second and really regained control of his command.
Unfortunately, it didn’t last for long.
Towns drove in a pair of runs in the third inning to give the Cavaliers a 5-0 lead. The Cavaliers pushed three runs across in the inning to take a 6-0 lead.
Ruse only lasted 2.1 innings, making the decision to start him in place of someone like lefty Jake Drossner an absolute disaster.
Infielder Blake Schmitt finally got the Maryland scoring started in the eighth inning. Schmitt ripped a two-run double down the left field line that scored first baseman LaMonte Wade and infielder Jose Cuas to cut the lead to 6-2.
Center fielder Charlie White was one of the few bright spots for the Terps. The Cubs draft pick got on base three times with two singles and a walk.
Maryland ends their storybook season with a 40-23 record and a lot of memories. For a team that wasn’t expected to even compete in the ACC, getting to within a game of the College World Series is pretty impressive. Hats off to this program as they head to the Big Ten!