Dylan Jones is a senior at MICA studying painting. His art, inspired by his love for sports, draws on experiences from himself and other athletes to include perseverance, injury, defeat, and triumph.
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Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall and his staff have finalized their roster, and the Terrapins have broken camp as they get ready for their first season in the Big Ten Conference.
After announcing in 2012 that it would be leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference after helping create the conference in 1953, the University was sued by the conference for the exit fee of $52.3 million. That exit fee had been raised twice within the previous year. According to ESPN, the fee was first increased to $20 million in 2011, after Syracuse and Pittsburgh joined the conference, and then up to $52.3 million the following year, when the University of Notre Dame announced that it would join the ACC in all sports except football.
Two months later, when Maryland announced that it was going to join the Big Ten, the ACC responded by withholding Maryland’s share of the conference’s TV and bowl revenue. Maryland filed suit, calling the move “an illegal penalty.” After being sued for the exit fee, the University filed a $157 million countersuit against the conference. In the suit, the school claimed that the ACC tried to recruit a pair of Big Ten schools to join after Maryland announced it was leaving. In a settlement that was reached on Aug. 8, the ACC will be allowed to keep the $31.4 million in TV and bowl revenue, and Maryland won’t owe the conference any additional money.
With all the legal wrangling in the background now in the rear-view mirror, the Terrapins football team focused on preparing for a new season and a new conference. Maryland went 7-6 in 2013, its final season in the ACC, including a 3-5 record in conference games. In training camp, much of the competition was on the offensive side of the ball. According to Matt Bertram of the Athletic Department’s Media Relations Office, this year’s training camp saw a wide-open competition at tight end. That position will have a young group, with the most experienced of the five on this year’s roster being sophomores Andrew Isaacs, Brian McMahon and P.J. Gallo. The other two tight ends on the roster are redshirt freshmen Eric Roca of Puerto Rico and Derrick Hayward of Wicomico High School in Salisbury. At running back, four players were competing for two spots to get regular playing time. However, one of those running backs, Jacquille Veii, has been converted into a wide receiver, and will be lining up in the slot.
The defense will be anchored by senior Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil (Towson High School) and Sophomore Yannick Ngakoue at linebacker. Cudjoe-Virgil had 18 total tackles, three sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and an interception in six games as a redshirt junior last year. Ngakoue added 10 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks. The pass rush will be led by defensive end Andre Monroe, who led the team with 9.5 sacks, good for a tie for sixth in the ACC. Monroe set career highs in total and solo tackles in a game (10 total, seven solo in Maryland’s loss to Marshall in the Military Bowl), sacks and tackles for loss (three sacks, and 3.5 tackles-for-loss in an overtime win at Virginia Tech).
Maryland will open the season on Aug. 30 in College Park against James Madison. The non-conference schedule will include games at South Florida, home against West Virginia, and at Syracuse. The Terps will play their first Big Ten game on Sept. 27 at Indiana. The following week, they’ll play their first Big Ten home game against fifth-ranked Ohio State in the Buckeyes’ second visit to Maryland.
Following their bye week, Maryland will host Iowa on Oct. 18, and then travel to number 14 Wisconsin. The Terrapins will play at Penn State on Nov. 1, and after another week off, will have a night game at home against Michigan State. Maryland will wrap up the season with games at Michigan on Nov. 22, followed by the regular season finale at home against fellow Big Ten newcomer Rutgers on Nov. 29 during Thanksgiving weekend.
The best season in more than a generation for Maryland Terrapins baseball has come to an end.
Maryland lost the final two games of their best-of-three Super Regional series against the University of Virginia on June 8 and 9 in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Terrapins won the series opener on June 7, 5-4. Leadoff hitter Charlie White went three for five and scored two runs, and also made a big catch. Starting pitcher Jake Stinnett allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits in six innings to improve his record to 8-6. Second baseman Brandon Lowe drove in White with what turned out to be the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning. Maryland knocked out Cavaliers starter Nathan Kirby after just four and two-thirds innings, forcing him to throw 88 pitches. Terrapins designated hitter Kyle Convissar helped drive that pitch count up by fouling off 10 straight pitches before drawing a walk to cap a 15-pitch plate appearance in the second inning. The win gave Maryland its first 40-win season.
In Game 2, Virginia took a 1-0 lead in the third. White drove in catcher Kevin Martir with an RBI single to tie the game at 1 in the fifth. The Cavaliers responded in the top of the sixth with a leadoff double down the left-field line by Kenny Towns, who advanced to third on a fielding error. He then scored on a groundout to give Virginia a 2-1 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Virginia broke the game open with three runs in the seventh, and added insurance runs in the eight and ninth innings. The Terrapins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth, but that was too little, too late as Virginia tied the series with a 7-3 win.
In the series’ deciding game, Virginia got off to a fast start. The Cavaliers scored three runs in the first, and added three more in the third to jump out to a 6-0 lead, knocking out Maryland starter Bobby Ruse after just two and a third innings. Terrapins shortstop Blake Schmit hit a two-run double in the top of the eighth to help Maryland get slightly back into the game. However, the Cavaliers responded by ending any hope of a Maryland comeback, putting the game away with a five-run eighth to put the finishing touches on an 11-2 win over the Terrapins and advance to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Virginia starter Josh Sborz allowed just four hits, walked three and struck out nine in 7 shutout innings to improve to 5-4.
Maryland finished the season with a 40-23 record. Virginia will open the World Series against Ole Miss.
Maryland’s baseball season won’t be complete without at least two more games against a soon-to-be former ACC rival.
The Terrapins’ magical season continued by completing a three-game sweep of the Columbia Regional at the University of South Carolina. Maryland defeated 12-seed and host South Carolina 10-1 on June 1 to become the regional champions and advance to the Super Regional round for the first time in team history. In addition, it was the first time the Gamecocks had been eliminated from a regional at home since 1976.
Terrapins shortstop Blake Schmit went two for three and drove in three runs, and center fielder and leadoff hitter Charlie White went three for four with an RBI. Schmit hit a two-run single in the fourth inning that Maryland up for good, 2-1. The Terrapins scored two runs in the sixth to take a commanding 5-1 lead, and then put the game out of reach by scoring four runs in the ninth.
In addition to timely hitting, Maryland’s relief pitching was also a major factor. Taylor Stiles came on in relief of starter Jake Drossner with runners on the corners and two outs in the bottom of the fourth. Stiles got Gamecocks shortstop Marcus Mooney to fly out to center to end that rally. In the bottom of the sixth, Bobby Ruse came on with runners on the corners and two outs again, and got Mooney to fly out to right. Ruse pitched the rest of the way, allowing just a hit while striking out three in three and a third innings, including a three-up, three-down bottom of the ninth, to record the save. Stiles got the win with two innings of three-hit shutout relief.
Maryland will be at Virginia for the Charlottesville Super Regional, which will be a best-of-three series at Davenport Stadium from June 7 through June 9. Games one and two will be on June 7 and 8 at noon both days. Game three, if necessary, will be on June 9 at 4 p.m. Every game of the series will be televised on ESPN2. The winner of the series will advance to the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska, starting on June 14.