College Park, Md.
Head Coach: John Szefc
Maryland is returning to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1971, ending a 43-year postseason drought for the Terps. Maryland set a single-season record with 36 victories this season and finished 15-14 in their final ACC season. Maryland joins the Big Ten next year. The Terps' ACC tournament stand included wins over national seeds Virginia and Florida State before falling to Georgia Tech in the tournament finals. Overall, Maryland has won 11 of its last 13 games and is 33-0 when leading after seven innings.
The Terps are led by right-handed ace Jake Stinnett, who struck out 123 batters in 104 innings of work. The senior's 7-6 record is deceiving as he was pitted against the ACC's top starters each week. A Major League prospect at 6-foot-4, 215 pounds with a mid-90s fastball, Stinnett is expected to go as high as the second round in Junes amateur draft.
The series record between Maryland and Old Dominion stands even at 9-9.
Runs: 308 Batting: .270 On-Base: .380 Slugging: .362 HRs: 19
ERA: 3.42 Strikeouts: 469 Walks: 193 Opp Avg.: .232
Batting: Brandon Love .346, Blake Schmit .310, Tim Lewis .307.
RBI: Jose Cuss 41, Brandon Love 37, Charlie White 27.
Home Runs: Jose Cuss 5, Kevin Martir 4.
Steals: Charlie White 24, Blake Schmit 16, Brandon Love 8.
Wins: Mike Shawaryn 10, Jake Stinnett 7, Jake Drossner 4.
Saves: Kevin Mooney 11, Ben Brewster 2.
Strikeouts: Jake Stinnett 123, Mike Shawaryn 67, Jake Drossner 55.
Head coach: Chris Finwood
The Monarchs are back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2000. ODU received an at-large bid after a successful run in the Conference USA Tournament. This is ODU's eighth trip to the NCAA Tournament. After an opening-round 3-2 loss to Middle Tennessee in the C-USA Tournament, the Monarchs won three-straight one-run victories before falling 7-5 to Rice in the tourney finals.
Maryland is a familiar foe for ODU, and the series is split evenly at 9-9. The last meeting between the two teams was 2010 with Maryland coming away with a 14-9 win. Finwood said the team's strength of schedule was the key to obtaining the NCAA bid. "That got us over the hump," he said. "We played such a good schedule and won enough of them, beating Virginia, beating Rice twice. We played teams who are in this field as conference champions and we won just enough in the league to stay in the mix and then in the C-USA tournament with our backs to the wall we won three one-run games and here we are."
Runs: 340 Batting: .283 On-Base: .364 Slugging: .372 HRs: 17
ERA: 3.43 Strikeouts: 387 Walks: 166 Opp Avg.: .263
Batting: Nick Walker .319, Taylor Ostricfk .317, P.J. Higgins .310
RBI: Josiah Burney 41, Ben Slaton 40, P.J. Higgins 36
Home Runs: Josiah Burney 6, Nick Walker 4, Josh Eldridge 3
Steals: Nick Walker 15, Connor Myers 12, Josh Eldridge 8
Wins: Andy Roberts 6, Ryan Yarbrough 6, Victor Diaz 5
Saves: Brad Gero 12, Conner Overton 4, Dean Ali 1
Strikeouts: Dean Ali 63, Ryan Yarbrough 61, Victor Diaz 45
7:00 #1 South Carolina (42-16) vs #4 Campbell (41-19)
Buies Creek, N.C.
Big South Champion
Head Coach: Greg Goff
The Camels ride a five-game winning streak into NCAA Regional competition. As the No. 4 seed, Campbell will face No. 1 host South Carolina at 7 p.m. Friday. Campbell is making its second appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Camels' last appearance came in 1990. The Camels are 1-0 against SEC competition this season, scoring a 6-3 win over Missouri in February.
Junior right-hander Heath Bowers (10-3, 2.95 ERA) is expected to get the nod against the Gamecocks. Bowers struck out a team-high 100 batters (8.2 per game) as the Camels' top starter this season. Opponents are batting .245 against him. Five of Campbell's 13 home runs came from senior outfielder Matt Nadolski, who led the team in homers and RBI (47). South Carolina is 9-2 all-time against Campbell. The two teams last met in 1993.
Runs: 319 Batting: .273 On-Base: .361 Slugging: .344
ERA 3.45 Strikeouts: 410 Walks: 192 Opp. Avg: .273
Batting: John Reilly .320, Matt Nadolski .303, Steven Leonard .303
RBI: Matt Nadolski 47, Steven Leonard 29
Home Runs: Matt Nadolski 5, Dany Pardo 3
Steals: Danny Pardo 13, Matt Nadolski 11
Wins: Heath Bowers 10, Ryan Koopman 8, Hector Cedano 8
Saves: Ryan Thompson 17, Ryan Koopman 2
Strikeouts: Heath Bowers 100, Ryan Thompson 81, Ryan Koopman 58