Terps Open 2014 Season at No. 21 Florida

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Gainesville, Fla.-

Maryland (0-0, 0-0 ACC) at No. 21 Florida (0-0, 0-0 SEC)

Fri., Feb. 14 (7 p.m.) | Sat., Feb. 15 (4 p.m.) | Sun., Feb. 16 (Noon)

Location: Gainesville, Fla.
Stadium: McKethan Stadium at Perry Field
Television: Fox Sports Florida on Friday with Nick Belmonte and Larry Vettel on the call. Check your local listings.
Live Video: TerpsTV
Live Stats: Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Live Audio: ESPN 850 AM WRUF (Friday and Saturday); 103.7 FM The Gator (Sunday)

Probable Pitching Matchups (2013 Statistics)

Game 1 (Friday), 7 p.m.: Sr. RHP Jake Stinnett (6-5, 2.83 ERA) vs. Jr. LHP Bobby Poyner (3-3, 3.41 ERA)

Game 2 (Saturday), 4 p.m.: Fr. RHP Mike Shawaryn vs. Fr. RHP Brett Morales

Game 3 (Sunday), Noon: So. RHP Jared Price (2-2, 5.92 ERA) vs. R-Jr. RHP Karsten Whitson

Scouting the Terps

-The Terps begin the 2014 season against a Southeastern Conference opponent for the second consecutive season. After opening the 2013 campaign in Baton Rouge against LSU, Maryland and Florida open 2014 at McKethan Stadium at Perry Field. The three game set begins Friday at 7 p.m. with right-hander Jake Stinnett taking the mound for the Terps.

-Maryland is 1-1 all-time against the Gators. The two schools met in Gainesville for a two-game series on March 19-20, 1978. The Terps took the opener 6-2, but failed to get the sweep losing 3-2 in the finale.

-Prior to facing LSU to open the 2013 season, Maryland had not faced an opponent from the SEC since taking on Vanderbilt in 2004.

-With 32 wins in 2012 and 30 wins last season, Maryland enters the 2014 campaign coming off consecutive 30 wins season for the first time in program history.

-The Terps’ 62 wins over the last two seasons is the most victories in a two-year span in program history.

-Head coach John Szefc’s 30 wins in his opening season are the most by first-year Maryland head coach in program history.

-As has been common place in his previous coaching stops, Szefc helped the Terps achieve an 11-point increase in their batting average from .268 in 2012 to .279 in 2013, along with an increase of three points in slugging percentage (.379 to .382) and an 18-point increase in on-base percentage (.358 to .376).

-With 12 pitchers returning from last season, Maryland brings back 81 percent of its innings pitched from 2013 (396 of 490.2 innings) and 79 percent of its strikeouts (290 of 367 Ks).

-Maryland’s 94 stolen bases in 2013 is the second-highest total in program history. The 2010 Terps hold the record with 123.

-Centerfielder Charlie White set a Maryland single-season school record with 39 stolen bases a season ago. He begins 2014 one stolen base shy of tying Larry Long and Alfredo Rodriguez for the all-time record with 62 career stolen bases.

-Maryland has eight players that have been selected in the MLB Draft: Andrew Amaro (Philadelphia Phillies), Nick Cieri (San Francisco Giants), Jose Cuas (Toronto Blue Jays), Jake Drossner (Chicago Cubs), Jared Price (New York Mets), Mike Shawaryn (Kansas City Royals), Jake Stinnett (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Charlie White (New York Yankees).

-Including 21st-ranked Florida, the Terps’ schedule includes seven teams currently ranked in the NCWBA Top 35: No. 2 Virginia, No. 5 Florida State, No. 8 NC State, No. 13 North Carolina, No. 16 Clemson and No. 35 Georgia Tech.

Series History

-It is the Terps first meeting with the Gators since 1978. Maryland and Florida split a two-game series in Gainesville.

-In program history, Maryland has now faced nine of the 14 SEC programs.