The Terrapins suffered a heartbreaking loss Friday, as their two best pitchers combined to give up five runs in the eighth. They’ll head to Davenport Field Saturday to try and extend their season. They’ll have to win two consecutive games against their former ACC rival in order to reach the College World Series.
John Vittas, Matt Present and Jon Lewis will be live from Charlottesville Saturday, with the Pre-Game Show getting underway at 2:50pm.
The Terps are 1-0 this year when facing elimination. They defeated UCLA in a winner-take-all scenario on Monday. That also came on the opponent’s home field.
Last year, Virginia lost the first Super Regional game at home, and came back to win the series. The Terrapins hope to reverse that scenario this year.
Saturday’s Pitching Matchup
R-Fr. RHP Ryan Selmer (3-1, 1.86) vs. Jr. LHP Brandon Waddell (3-5, 4.12)
Selmer is making his fourth start of 2015 and his second of the postseason. He took the loss in Maryland’s 4-2 defeat at UCLA last Sunday, the first loss of his career. The 6-foot-8 righty did not make it out of the third inning, surrendering eight hits. The UCLA loss was a rare blip on Selmer’s resume, as the Riverdale Baptist product had only allowed 8 earned runs in his previous 29 outings. He’ll tie Maryland’s single-season appearance record today, a mark set by Bobby Ruse last year.
Waddell did not allow an earned run over 7.1 innings to defeat San Diego State in Game 2 of the Lake Elsinore Regional last weekend. The lefty from Texas has had a trying season, however. He’s registered just three wins in 15 starts and has allowed the opponents to bat .281 against him. Waddell had his way with Maryland last year, defeating Mike Shawaryn and the Terps in Game 2 of the 2014 Super Regionals. He allowed just one run over five and two thirds.
Waddell is the seventh lefty the Terps will see in this year’s postseason. They’ve gone 4-2 against southpaws over that span. Maryland knocked around Ole Miss’ Christian Trent and UCLA’s Grant Watson last weekend for a combined 17 hits over 13 innings. Trent, Watson and Waddell have all had excellent postseason success and possess Omaha experience.
Friday was just the second time all year Maryland has blown a lead after leading through seven innings. Ironically, the other time it happened, Maryland also allowed five runs in the eighth. That came at UNC Wilmington in the second game of a doubleheader on March 7.
Before yesterday, Maryland had been 23-2 when scoring first this season.
Yesterday’s game was just the fourth time the Terps lost a Mike Shawaryn start in 2015. They had been 13-3.
After the three regular season losses in Shawaryn starts, Maryland failed to bounce back each time. They lost Game 2 to UNC Wilmington, Indiana and Northwestern.
Kevin Martir has now reached base in 7 of his last 10 plate appearances. He is 5 for his last 7 and is now Maryland’s leading hitter.
Jim Belanger Saturday before Game 2:
Friday’s Press Conference: