Terps Set To Take On No. 1 Florida State
May 4, 2012
Maryland (29-20, 8-16 ACC) at #1 Florida St. (37-7, 19-2 ACC)Saturday, May 5 (1 p.m.) | Sunday, May 6 (2 p.m.) | Monday, May 7 (7 p.m.)
Probable Pitching Matchups
The Terps continue to lead the ACC in pitching with a 2.67 ERA; in the most recent NCAA statistics report (4/30), Maryland ranked fifth nationally. On Tuesday, Maryland picked up its ACC-best 10th shutout of the season in a 1-0 win over Norfolk State.
The starting rotation and bullpen have been consistently strong all year. Jimmy Reed ranks third in the ACC with a 1.81 ERA; Brett Harman is 13th with a 2.79 mark and is coming off a season-high 10 strikeout game at Virginia Tech; and David Carroll sits just outside the top 25 in the conference with a 3.79 mark. In the pen, Michael Boyden, Charlie Haslup and Korey Wacker have been most heavily relied upon. Boyden has a 2.09 ERA and is working on a scoreless inning streak that has reached 16; Wacker has a 2.05 ERA with a pair of saves, and Haslup has a 2.61 mark in a team-high 19 appearances.
Jordan Hagel, K.J. Hockaday and Alfredo Rodriguez have paced the offense. Hagel leads the team in hitting (.309) and slugging (.472) and is second with 14 stolen bases. Hockaday, a freshman, is hitting .311 in conference play; while Rodriguez hit .382 in April and has a team-high 33 RBIs this year.
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Scouting Florida State...
First baseman Jayce Boyd and center fielder James Ramsey are the top two hitters in the ACC. Boyd is hitting .400 with a .564 slugging percentage and 48 RBIs, the second-most in the league. Ramsey is hitting .392 with a .706 slugging percentage and .527 on-base percentage that lead the conference.
The Florida State pitching staff ranks sixth in the conference with a 3.34 ERA, and its starting rotation has a combined 14-1 record. Sunday starter Mike Compton has the top ERA on staff at 2.65 to go along with a 8-0 record. He's holding opponents to a .222 batting average. Relief pitcher Robert Benincasa leads the league with 12 saves and has a 0.65 ERA.
Series history: Florida State leads the all-time series, 62-4. Maryland snapped a 40-game losing streak to Florida State last year by taking one of three in the series. In the win, David Carroll tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings while Jake Stinnett drove in three runs to lead Maryland to a 5-0 victory. Prior to that, Maryland's last win over FSU was March 26, 1998.