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Maryland baseball: Jake Stinnett named ACC Pitcher of the Week after nearly no-hitting Bryant

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The Maryland senior flirted with a perfect game and recorded a career high eleven strikeouts en route to his first win of the 2014 season.

Jake Stinnett
Jake Stinnett
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The ACC rewarded Maryland's Jake Stinnett with its Pitcher of the Week award Monday. In the first game of Saturday afternoon's double header with Bryant, Stinnett retired the first seventeen Bryant hitters he faced. He nearly made it eighteen straight when he struck out Dan Cellucci but the Bryant shortstop reached because he swung at a wild pitch and beat the throw to first. With one out in the seventh Carl Anderson broke up Stinnett's bid for a no-hitter on a drive up the middle that caromed off Terrapins' shortstop Blake Schmit's glove.

For the game, Stinnett pitched eight innings of one hit shutout ball in Maryland's 3-0 win over the Bulldogs. Along the way, he struck out a career high eleven batters and didn't issue a walk while facing only twenty-six batters - two over the minimum.

His eleven strikeouts made him only the third Terrapins pitcher in the last five seasons to reach that mark. Sander Beck stuck out 11 against Army in 2011 and Jimmy Reed matched that number against Boston College in May of last year.

The award is the first for Stinnett and the first for a Maryland pitcher since Reed won it in back to back weeks on April 29 and May 6, 2013.