The Day After: UCLA upset reaction

by John Vittas

Maryland defeated the No. 1 overall seed last night, beating UCLA on their home field, 4-1. Here were the highlights:

UCLA Win Notes:

Maryland won their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional contest and are now one win away from their second straight Regional Championship.

Kevin Mooney is now 9-for-9 in postseason save opportunities. He has earned a save in all five postseason wins of 2015.

The Terrapins pitching staff has allowed 11 earned runs in the last nine games.

Mooney, Bobby Ruse and Rob Galligan have all pitched on back-to-back days. They’ve combined to throw 10 and two thirds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits.

“They’re strike throwers,” acting head coach Jim Belanger said. “You trust those guys to go in and throw strikes all the time and throw multiple pitches for strikes. Whenever you’re in situations when you’re getting some guys in early in those middle innings, that’s what you need.”

Watch last night’s press conference (FULL QUOTES):

Maryland will play the winner of UCLA and Cal State Bakersfield tonight at 11pm ET. Ryan Selmer will get the start for the Terps and try and send them to their second straight Super Regionals.

“I just think we prepare all year for the postseason, from the way we do our scouting reports to the way we practice,” Belanger said. “Everything we do is to prepare for the postseason, and once we get to the postseason, nothing changes.

The Day After: Highlights and Quotes from Ole Miss win

by John Vittas

LOS ANGELES – The Terps’ got a crucial 3-1 win over Ole Miss Friday. Here were the highlights:

Ole Miss win notes:

Maryland pitching did not allow a hit after the first inning, striking out 15 Rebels in the process.

The Terps’ tied the school record for wins in a season, picking up win No. 40. The record was set last year.

Mike Shawaryn is the first Maryland pitcher with 24 career wins. Kevin Mooney is the first Maryland pitcher with 31 career saves.

The Terrapins have now won four straight regional games, dating back to last year.

Here’s what the Terrapins had to say after the game:

FULL QUOTES

UCLA defeated Cal State Bakersfield 7-2 last night in Los Angeles, meaning the Terps will play the top-seeded Bruins on their home field tonight at 11pm. ET

“It’s awesome,” acting head coach Jim Belanger said. “This is what you play in the postseason for. At the end of the day, we got to do our job – throw strikes, get a good start, make plays and get some timely hits. If you do that in the postseason, you have a chance to beat anyone.”