It has been a rough week for the University of Maryland baseball team. After last week’s loss to West Virginia, the Terps managed to bounce back with a win over a solid George Mason team. However, Maryland could not carry any momentum into the weekend, as they were swept by Boston College. The Eagles were near the bottom of the ACC before this weekend. Today, Maryland lost to James Madison.
The Terps did get some good starts over the weekend. Jake Stinnett, the team’s ace, struck out ten hitters on Friday, but Maryland couldn’t generate any offense in a 5-1 loss. On Sunday, sophomore Jake Drossner, who has been a pleasant surprise for the ballclub, turned in another good outing. Drossner only allowed four hits, but the Terps once again failed to find any offense in a 5-2 loss.
Today, Maryland gave the ball to Zach Morris (DeMatha HS), who has been a solid midweek starter the whole year, to face a 14-26 James Madison team. The Dukes countered with Patrick Toohers, who was 0-4 with a 6.61 ERA before today. Once again, the Terps offense was quiet and the pitching was unable to shut down James Madison, as the Terps fell 6-3.
Maryland looked like a potential bubble team to earn an at large birth to the NCAA Tournament last week, and they seemed to be almost a lock for the ACC Tournament. However, that has changed significantly. NC State is now right behind Maryland for the final spot in the ACC Tournament. The Wolfpack, led by star lefty Carlos Rodon, have had a down year, but they are capable of playing with the best in the ACC. Maryland’s NCAA hopes have taken a huge blow, as three losses to BC and a loss to James Madison will not look good on their resume.
Maryland is back in action at home tomorrow against St. Joseph’s. This weekend, Maryland will welcome Notre Dame to College Park for a crucial three game series. Notre Dame is at the bottom of the ACC.