Preseason Countdown No. 16: Best Play of ’21

In a season full of offensive and defensive heroics, Maryland produced many “Sports Center Top 10”-worthy plays on both ends.

It’s hard to pick one that sticks out the most, but for the most memorable play of 2021, Troy Schreffler has earned that spotlight.

So many of the web gems this season came from veterans like Benjamin Cowles and Maxwell Costes, but with Schreffler making his first start in center field on April 30, you would’ve thought he had played in center his whole career.

The Terps were already staging a massacre of Minnesota — leading 11-3 in the seventh inning. With two outs in the frame, Golden Gophers’ shortstop Drew Stahl lofted a fly ball deep to right-center, certainly looking like at least a double for the sophomore.

Then — seemingly out of nowhere — Schreffler zooms towards the fast-dropping ball, tracking it down to the warning track where he makes a sliding catch to wipe away any glimmer of hope for the Gophers.

Schreffler has the stuff to play in the outfield, making all of his starts to that point of the season in either corner. But to come through and flash the leather like that in his first start in center really cemented the defensive talent he can display anywhere in the outfield.

Oh, not to mention that Schreffler had an all-around career day against Minnesota, reaching base all five times while driving in a run and swiping two bases — of course, in addition to his web gem.