In the "what else did you expect/" category, the ACC named Maryland's Jake Stinnett the Pitcher of the Week. Does anyone think his no-hitter against UMass had anything to do with that? Probably so, huh?
After pitching eight innings of one-hit ball against Bryant the previous Friday, the Terrapins' ace bettered himself in his outing against Massachusetts. Though there were some hard hit balls, a solid Maryland defense backed him up making plays when they needed to. This includes a stop by Maryland shortstop Blake Schmit that evoked memories of a play he didn't quite make in Stinnett's bid for the no-hitter against Bryant.
Still, it wasn't all about defense. After striking out twelve and walking none against the Bulldogs, Stinnett came back with a nine strikeout, two walk performance against the Minutemen. In combination with the perfect defense behind him, he faced only two batters over the minimum.
In his three starts this season, the 6'4" senior from Vista, California has a 2-1 record with a 1.54 ERA. He's struck out twenty-seven while walking only three.
His success is all the more impressive considering he came to Maryland as a third baseman making 40 starts on the hot corner as a freshman. Though he saw spot duty as a relief pitcher in his freshman and sophomore seasons, Stinnett started last season as Maryland's closer. He didn't move into the rotation until mid-March in a series against Florida State and he he pitched effectively enough to eventually become the Terps' number two starter behind Jimmy Reed.
Stinnett had one complete game last season and the shutout is the first of his career. This is the second consecutive Pitcher of the Week award for the Terrapin's senior.