Maryland Baseball’s final ACC season has been a historic one. The Terps have tied the school record with 34 wins, and they are ACC-Tournament bound. Maryland also has a very good shot of making their first NCAA Tournament since1971. A lot of fans in College Park are excited about this team’s chances. So how far can this Maryland team go?
In postseason play, pitching is absolutely crucial. Everyone is available in any game. The Terps have a true ace in Jake Stinnett. He is likely a top-round draft pick, and he at the top of the ACC in strikeouts and innings pitched. His ERA is impressive, and he even picked up a save on Tuesday against West Virginia. While Stinnett will start games, John Szefc may also rely on Stinnett to give him some innings out of the bullpen this postseason. Mike Shawaryn set a Maryland record with nine wins. Shawaryn will probably be lined up as Maryland’s number two this postseason. Jake Drossner is an interesting case. Drossner has been solid as Maryland’s Sunday starter, but he has struggled to get through six innings recently. However, Drossner will likely get a start if the Terps can win games in the postseason. Bobby Ruse and Kevin Mooney have solidified the bullpen for Szefc’s club, and they will continue to get lots of work. Ben Brewster has also become a solid option out of the pen. Tayler Stiles and Zach Morris have been midweek starters, and they may have to start a game if Maryland gets deep into a tournament. Both are viable bullpen options as well. Szefc also has several other pitchers, and any pitcher can be used at any time in postseason baseball.
Brandon Lowe will pace Maryland’s offense into the postseason, as he is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball. Lowe has come up with several clutch hits over the past few weeks. Charlie White and Blake Schmit will also need to get on base. Both are stolen base threats when they are on base. Jose Cuas has hit five home runs, and the Terps will need his power in the postseason. Also, LaMonte Wade, Kevin Martir, and Anthony Papio can make a difference offensively.
The Terps will begin their quest for the ACC crown either Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on seeding. The Terps currently sit in the sixth spot in the ACC, which would be good for a bye, but matchups this weekend can change that. While the ACC is stacked with teams such as Miami and Virginia, Maryland does have a shot if they continue to pitch well and get timely hits. The Terps also have a chance to make a run in the NCAAs. Their pitching staff can matchup with almost any lineup in the country. The Terps will more than likely grab a two or three seed, depending on how they do in the ACC Tournament.