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3 PM Double Header
Clemson (15-9, 6-3 ACC) heads to College Park to take on Maryland (16-6, 5-4 ACC) in hopes of giving themselves a few legitimate wins to bolster their resume. The Tigers may be 6-3 in the ACC, but those wins have come against lowly Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Maryland has some more impressive victories against North Carolina State, Florida State, and North Carolina. The Terps RPI is strangely high at 6th in the nation, while the Tigers sit at 27th, so both would benefit from this victory.
Friday night’s in the ACC are always tough when programs trot out their aces, and the Tigers will get a heavy dose of Jake Stinnett’s fastball and devastating slider. Stinnett has been hard to hit all year and pitches late into games, so there’s a good chance Maryland’s win streak will extend to six. Still, Clemson’s Daniel Gossett has a 2.50 ERA and could prove to be troublesome for Maryland if he can stay in the game.
Catch it on TerpsTV
12 PM: The Lady Terps (12-0, 3-0 ACC) are the second-best team in the nation, and they get to prove that that record is warranted when they take on the fourth ranked Boston College Eagles (8-2, 1-2 ACC) in College Park. The Lady Terps have been trouncing opponents, led by midfielders Taylor Cummings and Beth Glaros. Boston College, meanwhile, has been very solid but has not yet faced a test as tough as Maryland. Catch it on TerpsTV.
2 PM: The rubber match between Clemson and Maryland. Should feature the Terps other legitimate pitching threat, Mike Shawaryn, the freshman righty who is 5-0 and has been solid against anyone.
12 PM: The Lady Terps basketball team has been great all season, and after narrowly edging out Texas in the Round of 32, there will be no rest as they take on Tennessee in the Sweet 16. The Vols (29-5) won’t travel too far to Louisville, Kentucky, while the Terps (26-6) will go a little further. Tennessee is the top seed in the tournament, one of the more historic programs in the nation, and won’t be going away easily.
This will be the first time the Lady Terps and the Vols have played since 2005, and Tennessee owns the series overall 10 wins to 4. Still, this is Maryland’s second straight appearance in the Sweet Sixteen, and Alyssa Thomas gives them a chance to win in every game they’re in. Catch the game on ESPN.
12 PM: It’s a showdown against Virginia (7-2) for the Terps (7-1), who are ranked eighth and fourth respectively. The Terps have a slight edge, and have been winning games impressively all season long, and while Virginia isn’t as potent, they’re still capable of beating any team in the nation. The Terps dropped in the rankings from first to fourth after falling to North Carolina, but still have the chance to rebound.
Mike Chanenchuk and Matt Rambo provide the ammunition for Terps lacrosse with 31 and 21 points, respectively. For Virginia, Mark Cockerton and James Pannell have a combined 61 goals, and Virginia has won 12 of the last 15 meetings. This one will be as good as ever, and may be one of the last times these two teams play as conference opponents. Catch the game at noon on ESPNU and ESPN3.