GALLEN: Despite transfers, Terps still in good place

GALLEN: Despite transfers, Terps still in good place

Heralded freshman class should soften blow

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

For the third straight spring, the Terrapins men’s basketball team has experienced significant attrition.

In 2012, guards Terrell Stoglin and Mychal Parker left after university suspensions, and forward Ashton Pankey transferred to Manhattan. Last spring, center Alex Len declared for the NBA draft and guard Pe’Shon Howard transferred to Southern California.

And last night, guards Nick Faust and Roddy Peters and center Shaquille Cleare were the latest round of transfers to be granted their releases.

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GALLEN: Underdog women’s basketball has chance to make major statement on national stage

GALLEN: Underdog women’s basketball has chance to make major statement on national stage

Terps are lowest seed in Final Four with two undefeated teams

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

From the moment the brackets for the women’s basketball NCAA tournament were announced, Connecticut and Notre Dame were set on a collision course for the national championship.

The Huskies and Fighting Irish both entered the tournament with No. 1 seeds and undefeated records. They were the consensus top-two teams in the country for most of the season and arguably two of the top three programs over the past five years.

After UConn and Notre Dame met in the Final Four last season — the Huskies won, 83-65 — and the teams didn’t play this season because of the Fighting Irish’s move to the ACC, this has been the most anticipated, most desired matchup of the season.

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GALLEN: Five keys to women’s basketball’s Elite Eight contest vs Louisville

GALLEN: Five keys to women’s basketball’s Elite Eight contest vs Louisville

Terps have chance to advance to first Final Four since 2006

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

Tonight, the Terrapins women’s basketball team takes on No. 3-seed Louisville in the Elite Eight with a trip to the program’s first Final Four since the 2006 championship season on the line.

The two are familiar foes in the postseason, with the Cardinals getting the better of the Terps in the 2009 Elite Eight and the Terps capturing a second-round victory in 2012. Plus, Louisville coach Jeff Walz was an assistant under coach Brenda Frese for six seasons and was on the bench during the 2005-06 championship season, and the matchup features two of the nation’s top players in forward Alyssa Thomas and Cardinals guard Shoni Schimmel.

So when the two teams tip tonight in the biggest game of the season, what should you watch for?

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Early runs help baseball to sweep of N.C. State

Early runs help baseball to sweep of N.C. State

Terps take on George Mason this afternoon

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

As the Terrapins baseball team entered its weekend series with N.C. State, all 13 of the team’s wins had come when it scored first. With a solid pitching staff, early leads held up, and the Terps lost only once after plating the first run.

Against the then-No. 10 Wolfpack, the Terps scored in the first inning of each game and came away with a three-game sweep. In all, the Terps have outscored opponents 35-13 in the first two innings of games this season, and they’ll look to continue that trend today, when they face George Mason at Harford Community College in Bel Air.

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GALLEN: Season full of near misses ends with familiar feeling of disappointment

GALLEN: Season full of near misses ends with familiar feeling  of disappointment

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

As the NIT bracket was unveiled on ESPNU more than a week ago, anyone who watched the Terrapins men’s basketball team this season experienced a familiar feeling.

The show went later as more teams got bids to the second-tier postseason tournament, and the Terps’ chances became smaller and smaller with each new name that flashed on the screen.

And in the end, the Terps once again were left painfully short. This time, though, there was no game left to rebound in. The season was over.

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Reserves step in to help baseball earn sweep of N.C. State

Reserves step in to help baseball earn sweep of N.C. State

Four opening night starters miss time during three victories over No. 10 Wolfpack at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

Charlie White has been a fixture atop the Terrapins baseball team’s lineup the past two years. He started all 55 games last season and was in the lineup for the first 21 games this season.

But after he aggravated a shoulder injury on a pair of headfirst dives during Saturday’s 7-4 win over N.C. State, White left the game before the ninth inning and sat out Sunday’s game.

For coach John Szefc, White’s absence was something new.

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Baseball records first ACC sweep since 2009 against No. 10 N.C. State

Baseball records first ACC sweep since 2009 against No. 10 N.C. State

Stinnett fans career-high 14 on Friday, Shawaryn follows with seven innings of one-run ball Saturday

By Daniel Gallen
Senior staff writer
The Diamondback

During one of its most successful seasons last year, the Terrapins baseball team struggled to close out series and play consistently for an entire weekend. The pitching wouldn’t be there or the hitting wouldn’t come around, and the Terps would close the series with two losses in three games more often than not.

Yesterday against No. 10 N.C. State, though, the Terps not only clinched their first ACC series win of the season but also swept a conference opponent for the first time since 2009. When right-hander Kevin Mooney struck out Wolfpack second baseman Logan Ratledge to finish off a 5-2 win at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, it signaled a significant step forward for the program.

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