CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Maryland baseball team’s magical postseason run came to a close Monday evening as it fell to Virginia, 11-2, in game three of its NCAA Super Regional series at Davenport Field.
The 2014 campaign featured a number of marquee moments for the Terrapin baseball program, including a trip to the ACC Tournament title game for the first time since 1976, a regional title in South Carolina, a first-ever trip to a NCAA Super Regional and a single-season program record 40 victories.
“We’re obviously not really pleased with the outcome, but I really can’t sit here and lament a whole lot about what these guys have accomplished this season and certainly in the last 40 percent of the season," said head coach John Szefc. "I really haven’t been around a better group of young guys in a long time, probably not since my days at Marist.
"As we continue to build this program, this group will really be one that is looked back on as a cornerstone of that process. I think every Maryland baseball team will look back at this one and try to aim to get where this team ended up and slightly further. This will be a hard group of guys to duplicate. We’re lucky enough to have a lot of guys coming back, but the guys we lose will be very difficult to replace. Although the result isn’t exactly heartwarming, I really have no regrets or negative things to say whatsoever.”
Maryland (40-23) threatened in the top of the first inning with a pair of walks by White and Brandon Lowe, but Sborz got out of the jam and forced an inning-ending double play to keep the Terps from taking an early lead.
Virginia (49-14) touched up Maryland starter Bobby Ruse early, scoring three runs with two outs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-0 lead. Derek Fisher knocked in the first run with an RBI single to center, before Kenny Towns crushed a triple to left field that scored a pair of runners from first and second.
The Cavaliers doubled their lead two innings later, sparked by a pair of singles from Daniel Pinero and Joe McCarthy. After Fisher walked to load the bases, Towns continued his torrid hitting night with a two-RBI single to left field. Branden Downes laced an RBI single up the middle to cap the inning giving UVA a 6-0 advantage.
LaMonte Wade and Jose Cuas managed to jumpstart the Terrapin offense with a pair of singles in the eighth, and Schmit followed by ripping a double down the left field line to bring Maryland within four runs at 6-2.
Virginia closer Nick Howard entered for Austin Young and shut the door ending any thought of a Maryland comeback. In the bottom of the inning, the Cavs scored five insurance runs to increase their lead to 11-2 and secure the victory.