May 11, 2003
College Park, Md. – The Maryland Terrapins (19-32, 6-17 ACC) suffered a heartbreaking loss on Senior Day at Shipley Field, entering the ninth inning with a one-run lead and going home with a 17-7 loss at the hands of the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles (44-8-1, 16-5 ACC).
Senior ace Steve Schmoll broke the school single-season strikeout mark, passing Eric Milton’s 118 with a punchout in the seventh inning. Schmoll gave the Terps seven strong innings after allowing five runs early.
Schmoll was in line for his fifth win of the season after Maryland’s bats roared back in the bottom of the seventh for four runs, including a bases-loaded triple by sophomore Justin Maxwell and an RBI-single by redshirt freshman Brian Jarosinski.
The lead was short-lived. Reliever Chris Bowen allowed a run in the eighth to cut the deficit to one, and the Seminoles proceeded to tee off on subsequent Terrapin relievers to the tune of 11 runs.
Senior Matt Basinger, who bailed Bowen out of a jam in the eighth, took took his first loss of the year.
It was the second game of the series that was close in late stages of the game but finished with the Seminoles ahead by a large margin. On Friday night, Maryland was down 6-4 in the eighth when Florida State scored nine runs in the eighth and ninth innings.
Maryland was also able to put up seven runs against a Florida State pitching staff with the fourth lowest earned run average in the nation. The Terps put up 27 hits and 17 runs off of Seminole pitching, including three off of today’s starter, Daniel Davidson, just the 13, 14, and 15th runs he has allowed all season, and which raised his ERA from 1.81 to 2.08. Florida State hitting, however, has been on a roll, scoring 10 or more runs in each of their past five games.
Sophomore catcher Bobby Ryan continued his stellar play behind the plate, throwing out Bryan Zech on a stolen base attempt. Ryan has thrown out 5 of 11 would-be basestealers in the past 10 games, and added an RBI-groundout in today’s game as well.
Sophomore Will Frazier went 2-for-5 with three runs score, and is 9-for-22 over his past six games. Maxwell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, increasing his average to .313 and reaching 100 total bases for the year, while Jarosinski went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.