The best season in more than a generation for Maryland Terrapins baseball has come to an end.
Maryland lost the final two games of their best-of-three Super Regional series against the University of Virginia on June 8 and 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Terrapins won the series opener on June 7, 5-4. Leadoff hitter Charlie White went three for five and scored two runs, and also made a big catch. Starting pitcher Jake Stinnett allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings to improve his record to 8-6. Second baseman Brandon Lowe drove in White with what turned out to be the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Maryland knocked out Cavaliers starter Nathan Kirby after just four and two-thirds innings, forcing him to throw 88 pitches. Terrapins designated hitter Kyle Convissar helped drive that pitch count up by fouling off 10 straight pitches before drawing a walk to cap a 15-pitch plate appearance in the second inning. The win gave Maryland its first 40-win season.
In Game 2, Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the third. White drove in catcher Kevin Martir with an RBI single to tie the game at 1 in the fifth. The Cavaliers responded in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double down the left-field line by Kenny Towns, who advanced to third on a fielding error. He then scored on a groundout to give Virginia a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Virginia broke the game open with three runs in the seventh, and added insurance runs in the eight and ninth innings. The Terrapins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, but that was too little, too late as Virginia tied the series with a 7-3 win.
In the series’ deciding game, Virginia got off to a fast start. The Cavaliers scored three runs in the first, and added three more in the third to jump out to a 6-0 lead, knocking out Maryland starter Bobby Ruse after just two and a third innings. Terrapins shortstop Blake Schmit hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth to help Maryland get slightly back into the game. However, the Cavaliers responded by ending any hope of a Maryland comeback, putting the game away with a five-run eighth to put the finishing touches on an 11-2 win over the Terrapins and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Virginia starter Josh Sborz allowed just four hits, walked three and struck out nine in 7 shutout innings to improve to 5-4.
Maryland finished the season with a 40-23 record. Virginia will open the World Series against Ole Miss.