John Vittas and Matt Present will be live from a sold-out Davenport Field in Charlottesville, VA for the rematch between former ACC rivals Virginia and Maryland.
The Terps and Wahoos met four times in 2014, with each team taking two games. Maryland won the round-robin contest in the ACC Tournament, while Virginia took two of three in the NCAA Super Regionals.
Maryland took the Super Regional opener last year, with Jake Stinnett defeating Cavalier ace Nathan Kirby. The Terrapins roughed up Kirby for five runs in 4.2 innings. Charlie White and Jose Cuas had multi-hit games and Brandon Lowe drove in two in the 5-4 Maryland win.
This year, Kirby is attempting to return from a lat injury and is rumored to be available in relief or to potentially start on Sunday. If not, Virginia will have to decide whether to use Josh Sborz in his typical closer’s role, or start him in a potential Game 3 – which is what UVA did last year when they beat Maryland in the final game.
Maryland has lost a key starter as well. Freshman Brian Shaffer has been shut down after experiencing arm pain during Maryland’s 4-1 win over UCLA last Saturday. With Ryan Selmer and Taylor Bloom the other two Maryland starters, it is unclear who will start Game 2 and who will start Game 3.
Reserve outfielder Zach Jancarski has returned to the team and Kengo Kawahara is healthier than he was last weekend, meaning Maryland’s bench is in better shape than it was in UCLA, when they were operating with two and a half healthy bench players.
Friday’s Pitching Matchup
So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (13-2, 1.66) vs. So. RHP Connor Jones (6-2, 2.90)
Shawaryn is going for personal redemption Friday. He’s started his career 24-6, with one of those six losses coming against Virginia last year in Game 2 of the Super Regionals. He’ll return to Davenport Field for the first time since that loss, an outing in which he allowed five runs on 12 hits. The righty is coming off a gutsy outing against Ole Miss in the Regionals. He allowed one run over five and one third, walking a season-high five while striking out nine. He’ll extend his school record for single-season strikeouts today, setting a mark that might never be broken.
Jones is a hard-throwing righty from Chesapeake, Virginia who has had an excellent sophomore season. He was a reliever last year for UVA, but has emerged as the ace this year after Kirby’s injury. The former Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, Jones was a High School All-American who was drafted by the San Diego Padres before attending Virginia.
NCAA Tournament Leaders
Kevin Martir: 7-for-15, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB
LaMonte Wade: 6-for-15, 2 HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 R
Kevin Biondic: 5-for-13, R, 2B
Mike Shawaryn: W, 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 9 K, 5 BB, vs. Ole Miss
Taylor Bloom: W, 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 K, BB, vs. UCLA
Kevin Mooney: 3 G, 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 10 K, BB, 3 SV
Rob Galligan: W, 2 G, 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB
Joe McCarthy: 4-for-12, HR, 2 RBI, 2B, BB
Adam Haseley: 4-for-12, 2B, 3B, RBI, 3 BB
Matt Thaiss: 4-for-11, 4 RBI, 4 BB, 4 R
Pavin Smith: 3-for-9, 3 RBI, 3 BB
Connor Jones: W, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, vs. USC
Brandon Waddell: 7.1 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, vs. San Diego St.
Josh Sborz: 3 G, 4 IP, W, 2 SV, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 K