|Maryland's Jose Cuas (photo / umterps.com)|
College Park, MD - In a weekday match-up, Maryland underscored that this season they are the state's undisputed top college club. On Wednesday they handily defeated the Navy Midshipmen here at Shipley Field by a score of 11-4.
Mid-week games often aren't fully telling of two teams relative strengths, as both clubs hold back starting pitchers for weekend in-conference series. Such was the case for Maryland (22-13) as they sent out red-shirt sophomore Zach Morris for just his second career start. Morris (1-0) responded by yielding only one earned run through five innings of work, and in turn, earned his first career victory.
Third baseman Jose Cuas launched his fourth home run of the season and drove in four.
"You want to go into a weekend series feeling good about yourself, so this is good. This game isn't going to mean a whole lot come first pitch Friday night. We have to have a good start but this will make it easier going into that game. Wins like this make guys feel better about themselves," said Coach Szafec after the game. Maryland hosts Georgia Tech (21-15-1) for three ACC games this weekend.
The Terps are currently in fourth place in the league's seven-team Atlantic Division. 10 of 14 teams qualify for the ACC post-season.
For the Mids (18-22), Stephen Moore was the short-starter and pitched well, holding Maryland scoreless for his two innings of work. Senior David Norman laced three hits for Navy to raise his batting average to .375. This weekend the Mids face Lehigh (17-14) in Annapolis for a four-game Patriot League series. Navy is currently in the fourth and final spot for the Patriot League playoffs.