May 21

Maryland Draws UNC, UVA, and Florida State in ACC Tournament

Maryland baseball has earned the 6th seed in the ACC tournament. In their first tournament appearance since 2005, the Terps will face Virginia, Florida State, and UNC in Group B. The team with the best record in the group will play Group A’s winner for the ACC title. Here’s a look at Maryland’s opponents in group play.

Virginia: The Cavs are one of the best teams in college baseball year in and year out, and this year is no exception. UVA is the number 3 seed in the ACC, and they are almost guaranteed to host a regional in the NCAA tournament. Nathan Kirby and Brandon Waddell are two of the best pitchers in the ACC, and Nick Howard has 17 saves out of the bullpen. Joe McCarthy followed up his sensational freshman year with a great sophomore year, and shortstop Branden Cogswell also leads the Cavs. This is a extremely good team from top to bottom and they will be a test for Maryland.

Florida State: FSU is one of the best programs in the nation. From the atmosphere of Dick Howser Stadium to the Animals of Section B, the Seminoles have one of the greatest programs in the land. This year, they earned the second seed in the ACC, and Dick Howser Stadium will once again host a regional. DJ Sfewart, Jose Brizuela and John Nogowski head an offensive that is among the best in the ACC. Luke Weaver has lead the team on the mound, and Jameis Winston has a 1.29 ERA and six saves. Maryland will be tested in this game too, as the ‘Noles took 2 of 3 from the Terps in the regular season.

UNC: The Tar Heels had to play in a play in game to get into the main draw of the tournament. The Heels took care of business against rival NC State, as they defeated the Wolfpack 4-3 on a game that included an extremely controversial call. Overall, it has been a down year for UNC baseball, but Trent Thornton and Michael Russell still lead a solid team. However, this is a game that Maryland should win.

My preview for Maryland’s postseason can be found here. The Terps can prove the NCAA world that they are for real with a solid performance at the tournament. If they find a way to win it, they could even find themselves hosting a regional.

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