GREENSBORO, N.C. – A late rally by fourth-ranked Florida State (42-15) came up a bit short Friday afternoon as the Seminoles dropped their first game of the 2014 ACC Baseball Championship falling to Maryland (36-19), 5-3, inside NewBridge Bank Park.
The Seminoles fell to 1-1 in pool B play, while the Terrapins improved to 2-0. Florida State must now get some help later tonight to stay alive in its quest for a conference championship. FSU needs North Carolina to beat Virginia in Friday night's late game and then get a win over the Cavaliers on Saturday and a Maryland loss to North Carolina to advance to Sunday's final.
The enigma that is Mike Shawaryn (10-3) once again baffled the Seminole hitters as the Maryland starter went 7.0 shutout innings allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out six.
Shawaryn's performance on Friday mirrored his first start against the Seminoles back on March 8 in Tallahassee when the freshman right hander gave up just one run on five hits in 7.1 innings of work in a 5-1 Maryland victory.
It wasn't until the top of fifth on Friday when Florida State registered its first base runner of the game as Ben DeLuzio reached on an infield single. Shawaryn had retired 14 straight batters to open the game before DeLuzio's two-out base hit.
After generating just two hits and six base runners through the first seven innings off Shawaryn, the Seminoles got back into the game in the eighth courtesy of the Maryland bullpen. Josh Delph led off the inning with a five-pitch walk off Ben Brewster. Bobby Ruse then came on and issued a single to Casey Smit, a walk to D.J. Stewart, a wild pitch that scored Delph and an RBI single to John Nogowski.
Kevin Mooney became the third Maryland pitcher of the inning, and after unleashing a wild pitch that plated Stewart for the third run of inning, kept the Terrapin lead intact by striking out the side.
Mooney returned to pitch the ninth and retired the side in order on a pair of groundouts and a fly out for his 11th save of the season.
FSU starter Mike Compton (7-2) suffered the loss as the redshirt sophomore right hander gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits in 6.1 innings. Compton finished with three strikeouts while walking two.
Maryland broke through first on Friday taking advantage of two Seminole errors which led to four runs in the third. Jose Cuas opened the scoring lacing a two-run double down the line in left with the bases loaded. The second error of the inning led to Maryland's third run, while Tim Lewis singled home Cuas to give the Terps a 4-0 lead. Maryland sent nine batters to the plate in the inning off Compton as three of the four runs were unearned.
The Seminoles threatened in the sixth off Shawaryn but came up empty loading the bases with two outs. Danny De La Calle drew a walk and Delph singled through the right side. After a Smit strikeout, Stewart reached on a fielding error at short to load the bases with two outs, but Florida State could not capitalize on the error as Shawaryn got Nogowski to pop out to short to retire the side.
FSU left two more on in the seventh after John Sansone and Justin Gonzalez drew back-to-back two-out walks. But the Maryland starter once again had an answer closing the door on a possible Seminole rally by getting De La Calle to fly out to right.
The Terps added to their lead in the seventh on a sac-fly to right by Cuas. After a groundout to open the inning, Compton issued a walk and double to LaMonte Wade and Brandon Lowe, respectively, ending the afternoon for the Seminole starter. Dylan Silva came on and got Cuas to fly out to right but the ball was deep enough to score Wade from third to give Maryland a 5-0 advantage.
The loss was the first for Florida State against Maryland in the ACC Tournament in three all-time meetings.
Florida State will conclude pool play on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. against third-seeded Virginia.
The game will air on FS Florida and ESPN3 and audio will be available on the Seminoles.com All-Access player. Locally fans can listen to the game on 100.7 FM. As always, fans can receive in-game updates on Twitter @FSU_Baseball. Also, do not forget to like the Seminole Baseball team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FSUBaseball and to follow the team on Instagram (NoleBaseball). Live stats will be available through the ACC's website.