March 1, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Each week during the 2012-13 season a Maryland student-athlete, who has shown excellence on and off the playing field, will be selected as the Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week. This week's Solomon Eye Associates Terp of the Week is Charlie White from baseball.
In the Terps' four-game sweep of Oakland last weekend, White stole 10 bases including four in game one of Friday's doubleheader becoming the first Terp since Larry Long in 1998 to steal four bases in a game. The redshirt sophomore also recorded 10 hits, five RBI, and six runs in the weekend series.
By Keith Sneddon | Maryland Media Relations Student Assistant
After his season was cut short last year after breaking his hand mid-March, many wondered how aggressive Charlie White would be when he returned to the diamond.
The Naperville, Ill., native was back with a vengeance in Maryland's first homestand of the season against Oakland. In the first game of last Friday's doubleheader, White had three hits, four RBI, two runs scored, and four stolen bases. As the team's lead off hitter this season, White has no problem putting his body on the line.
"Yea, you know I'm a lead off type of player, a speed guy, so I know it's my job to get on base" said White. "I have to steal bases and manufacture runs."
White was the first player to steal four bases in a game since Larry Long in 1998, and continued his hot streak with six more stolen bases in Maryland's sweep of the Golden Grizzlies. While his individual accomplishments were impressive, White was proud of the team's ability to execute in all dimensions of their game.
"It was awesome to finally get some wins, this week especially, [this team] has a good defense, a good pitching staff, and we have a good offense" White explained. "It was great for everyone to know what we're capable of after having a down week at LSU, it was definitely nice."
In the team's first victory against Oakland, 15-4, they set a school record with 11 total stolen bases. The Terps stuck with that aggressive philosophy for the duration of the series, and it paid off as Maryland swept a team at home for the first time since sweeping Manhattan on March 4, 2012.
"Well, all fall, we've been working on reading pitchers and getting ready for them. Part of our approach as an offense is to be aggressive and use our speed to our advantage. So we just went into the weekend knowing we were going to stick to our game plan, get on base, and go for runs."
With Maryland only a few weeks away from ACC play, explosive performances from players like Charlie White will be crucial for the team's success. White knows if he continues to stay positive with his game, the offensive production will follow all season long.
"We have a good approach at the plate offensively as a team, so I just try to stick to that approach and hit hard line drives. I just try to string together quality at bats and if I do that hits are sure to come."