June 6, 1997
Maryland Baseball 1997 Season Recap
THE 1997 SEASON -- The Terrapins finished the season with a record of 22-32 mark to go along with a 5-20 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The season was highlighted by a stretch that saw the Terps win five of six in March. During that winning streak, the Terps took two of three from then-10th ranked Clemson and exploded for 29 runs in a victory at Maryland-Eastern Shore. Later in the season, the Terps won five of six again, including two out of three at Duke.
THE BRADLEY FILE -- Head Coach Tom Bradley completed his seventh year at Maryland and has recorded a 170-210-4 record at his alma mater. Overall, Bradley is in his 19th season coaching and has a record of 601-501-4. Bradley was a pitcher at Maryland in 1967 & '68 and still holds the ACC record for career ERA with a 1.33 mark. He went on to play nine years in the majors with four different teams. Bradley is joined by Associate Head Coach Kelly Kulina and Assistant Coaches Jim Flack and Don Fontana.
BRADLEY CLAIMS 600TH VICTORY -- Coach Bradley won his 600th career game against Maryland-Baltimore County on April 30th in the Terps' 15-14 victory.
THE CLEMSON SERIES -- The Terps took the first and third games of the series, 13-1 and 7-6, for their first ACC series win of the young season. In game one, Maryland scored nine runs in the last two innings to break open a close game and give starter Mike Wooden his first win of the season. Wooden scattered nine hits, walked none and allowed no earned runs en route to the Terps' first complete game of the season. In the series finale, starter Brandon Agamennone threw seven innings, as he allowed two earned runs while striking out eight. With the Terps leading 6-3 in the eighth, Clemson rallied for three runs off two Terrapin relievers to force extra innings. But the Terps bounced back as Scott Bronowicz's two-out single in the 10th scored Brian Barton and gave the Terps the 7-6 win. The series win was Marylandis first over Clemson since 1989.
TERPS BREAK ACC RECORD -- On March 18th, the Terps broke a 19-year old ACC single-game record with 26 walks against Maryland-Eastern Shore. Even more amazing is the fact that the game lasted only seven innings. Scott Lytle led the Terps with five walks in his five plate appearances. The previous record was forged on April 11, 1978 when Virginia drew 19 free passes against the Terps at Shipley Field.
AGAMENNONE LEADS STAFF -- Despite his record, Brandon Agamennone was the Terps top pitcher in e97 and one of the best in the ACC. 'Aggie' had ...
MASCIANDARO 6-0 -- Redshirt freshman John Masciandaro was third on the team with 18 appearances but first on the staff in wins with six. Masciandaros 6-0 record is the all-time Terrapin record for the most wins in a season without a loss. On May 7th, Masciandaro has his most impressive outing of the season when he teamed with Tom Curtiss to throw a four-hit shutout against UMES.
BLUE SACRIFICES FOR THE TEAM -- Second baseman Chris Blue broke the career record for the most sacrifice hits in the second game of the Terps doubleheader against Virginia on May 10th. Blues 17 sacrifices broke Chris Canaans record of 16, set over a three-year period (1991-94). Blue is also the Terps record-holder for most sacrifice hits in a season. His 10 sac hits in 1996 broke the record of nine, held by four players.
IMPACT FRESHMAN -- Freshman Kyle Rockefeller was a welcomed addition to the Terp lineup this season. The Bloomville, NY, native started all 54 games and led the team with 16 doubles. Rockefellers 12 homers was second-best on the team and his 45 RBI ranked him third.
BRONOWICZ SWINGING FOR THE FENCES -- Scott Bronowicz hit seven home runs in his last 11 games to finish with 10 on the season. The junior hit a grand slam in back-to-back games against Georgetown and Maryland-Eastern Shore and recorded 11 RBI in those two games. Bronowicz closed the regular season with two blasts against Virginia on May 11th.
OFFENSIVE LEADER -- Junior Kevin Haverbusch leads the Terps in all offensive categories - .406 batting average, 64 runs scored, 147 total bases, 84 hits and a slugging percentage of .710. Haverbusch has 28 multiple hit games, including 10 of the final 12 games.
JOE'S JUST FINE -- Joe Clemente missed seven games mid-season due to knee surgery. After returning to the lineup, Clemente batted .378 and his overall .370 batting average was second best on the team. The senior recorded 6 three-hit games this season, including three consecutive games.
WOODEN AND AGAMENNONE EARN ACC WEEKLY HONORS -- Mike Wooden earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 24th, as the Terps won two of three games from then-10th ranked Clemson. The sophomore from Baltimore pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits, one run and striking out three in the Terps 13-1 win. The one run allowed was the lowest offensive showing by Clemson in the regular season. Brandon Agamennone earned the honor two weeks later as the Crofton, Md., native earned two wins against George Mason and Duke. He allowed just 11 hits and three earned runs in 14 innings while striking out eight and walking two.
CLEMENTE AND SHAKIR EARN MARYLAND HONORS -- Joe Clemente and Usman Shakir, Marylands two lone seniors, were named the annual recipients of the Bosey Berger Trophy and the Jim Hennessey Scholarship, respectively. The Bosey Berger Trophy was named after the 1932 baseball alumnus and is inscribed at the end of each year with the name of the senior who has been most outstanding in baseball. The Jim Hennessey Scholarship, established in 1989 in honor of the 1956 alumnus is awarded annually to a baseball letterwinner who best exemplifies the character, determination, courage, loyalty and positive attitude of Jim Hennessey.