Maryland Baseball opened their first ACC Tournament since 2005 with a bang on Wednesday, as they rode a Jake Stinnett start and four home runs to a 7-6 victory over Virginia.
Stinnett held down a very good UVA lineup. While it was not the best he has ever been, he dug deep and threw eight strong innings, striking out ten. He threw an astonishing 126 pitches, which is an extremely high number for a college pitcher, but only one Maryland reliever, Kevin Mooney, had to appear in the game. Pitching is extremely important in tournament games, and important pitchers such as Ben Brewster and Bobby Ruse were saved by Stinnett’s gutsy outing.
Offensively, LaMonte Wade led the charge, smacking his first two home runs of the year. Charlie White also managed to go yard. However, the biggest hit of the day was courtesy of red-hot catcher Kevin Martir. Martir broke a 4-4 tie with a 2-run homer that put Maryland up 6-4, and the Terps never relinquished that lead. While UVA did rally against Mooney, the ex-North Harford Hawk stranded the tying run on first, giving the Terps a huge upset victory.
Maryland remains undefeated in May, and they have now won ten in a row. The win also set a program record, as the Terps now have 35 wins on the year. Maryland is 1-0 in Group B, and they take on Florida State on Friday at 11:00. Mike Shawaryn, who leads Maryland pitchers in wins, will most likely take the hill.