It was a big weekend for Maryland baseball in Knoxville, as the Terps took two of three from their SEC opponent. But the biggest and best moment of the series came in its final game, as Maryland junior Billy Phillips took the mound for the first time since winning his fight with leukemia.
Not only did he take the mound, but he struck out the first batter he faced and then forced another into an inning-ending double play, after which every single one of his teammates came out of the dugout to greet him.
Billy Phillips stomped Leukemia. Now watch him pitch.— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) February 19, 2018
Strikes out the first collegiate batter he faces and then rolls a double play.
What a moment. #BP15 pic.twitter.com/ADnwEfPxy3
The Terps couldn’t realistically have asked for a better weekend, winning a road series against a quality opponent and already providing what might be the best moment of the season. Maryland will be back in action Tuesday at William & Mary before playing its first home series against Army starting Friday.
In other news
Maryland wrestling closed out its season with a double header dual, dropping a close contest to No. 21 Rider, 23-18 and beating Ohio 33-14.
The women’s basketball team dropped its second straight game for the first time in four years. This one came at Minnesota, and it wasn’t particularly close.
The men’s team took down Rutgers, 61-51, Saturday night. Bruno Fernando was particularly impressive, as are these photos from Lila.
The men’s lacrosse team hung on to defeat High Point on Saturday afternoon, moving to 3-0 on the season. Here are five takeaways from the first week of the season.
In not-actual Maryland sports news, my incredibly ridiculous friends and I played intramural flag football this fall, and inexplicably decided to make a 92-minute documentary. So without further ado, here’s Roll Twerks: The Story of Twerkin For Durkin.
(We’ll have more on this soon ... stay tuned.)