GREENSBORO, N.C. – There is a ball player in Maryland that is turning heads with performances of un-human caliber, and his name is Jake Stinnett. Stinnett, on top of throwing a pitching gem with his no-hitter this past weekend against the University of Massachusetts, has just been awarded Atlantic Coast Conference Pitcher of the Week honors and has been christened a national Louisville Slugger Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball as announced Monday.
“This is something special,” Stinnett said. “This is quite an honor for me, and I feel honored to get it. I hope I just continue to go out there and play well.”
Stinnett is on a rampage capturing ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for a spectacular two weeks in a row.
The no-hitter is Stinnett’s first at any level of play, and Maryland’s seventh no-hitter total.
“I felt good the last few outings,” the senior RHP added. “I noticed that day, that I was able to use and locate my fastball well in the bullpen.”
The 6 feet 4 inch 202 pound Stinnett, went two hitters over the minimum (each walked) while striking out nine.
“I kept the hitters off balance because my slider was working well and my changeup also,” Stinnett admitted. “I was getting strikes early in the count, and was mixing my pitches well.”
This marks the first ACC no-hitter since Carlos Rodon, and Karl Keglovits of N.C. State, united to deny La Salle of a hit on Feb. 23 of last year.
“It was awesome,” the Vista, Calif. Native expressed. “My catcher ran out and gave me a hug, and all my teammates congratulated me. It was a special moment, an experience that was a whole-nother level.”
The last ACC no-hitter was at the hands of Wake Forest’s Brian Holmes, who blanked Marshall short of a hit on March 4, 2012.
“I could see the determination in the eyes of the UMASS batters as they came to the plate to try and break it up,” Stinett pointed out. “Nobody wants to get no-hit, and you could tell from the dugout chatter they were trying to get something going.”
Pitching coach Jim Belanger as well as the rest of the Terps’ staff have to be pleased with the performance up to this point and certainly the direction in which they are headed.
“He told me keep it up,” Stinnett replied when asked what Belangers thoughts on the no-hitter were. “I credit him and all of the coaches for pushing me the way they do.”
Maryland heads to Richmond on Wednesday to face VCU at 4 p.m. The Terps open their ACC schedule with a highly anticipated match-up at No. 2 Florida State on Friday.