For the sixty-second straight year, the University of Maryland will not be represented at the College World Series. Don’t look for them at the ACC Tournament, either. During the time of year that I just start noticing that baseball is being played, the Terps are once again nowhere to be seen. I would say that all hope is lost for a team when their school issues a news release getting excited about finishing .500 for the second year in a row. Record-wise the Terps are playing at the Mendoza Line. Mediocrity is not something we should be celebrating.
The team was outscored by almost a half a run per game. Junior Scott Swinson, the team’s ace starter coming into 2009, seems to be getting progressively worse each year. Swinson was 4-7 and had a 5.54 ERA this year after having a 3.97 ERA in 2007 and a 4.96 ERA in 2008. Either opponents have figured Swinson out or he is not being developed properly, but this season did not yield progress for a kid that was touted as a potential pro.
On the bright side, the Terps did hit fairly well. They should have 2B David Poutier and RF A.J. Casario back at the top of the line-up next year. Both guys had solid years at the plate, and with another off-season they should be ready to lead this team in 2010.
The summer is long for a ballplayer when there are no games to be played. The beautiful thing about baseball is that every spring each team gets to start fresh. Maybe 2010 will be the year this team emerges and makes it into the ACC Tournament.