Maryland’s Jimmy Reed earns ACC pitcher of the week

Continuing his transformation into one of the ACC’s most dominant aces, senior lefthander Jimmy Reed became the first Maryland pitcher since May 2008 to win the conference pitcher of the week award, announced Monday.

Reed, who began last season as a closer before moving into the weekend rotation in early April and opening 2013 as Maryland’s clear-cut No. 1 starter, stymied Duke in a 1-0 complete-game shutout, the first of his career. Reed scattered five hits and struck out four. Only one Blue Devil advanced past second base.

Ranking seventh in the ACC among eligible pitchers with a 2.36 ERA in 72.1 innings, Reed is also one of five starters to throw two complete games during conference play in 2013. He went eight innings against North Carolina State on March 9 and also hurled nine shutout innings in Maryland’s 1-0, 13-inning loss to Miami on April 12. He’s struck out 10 batters twice — against Miami and Princeton.

The New York Yankees drafted Reed in the 21st round last spring, but he opted to return to Maryland for his senior season. In 11 starts, Reed has allowed three or fewer earned runs 10 times. He’s also been on the losing end of two 1-0 games. In Reed’s three losses, the Terrapins have scored a combined two runs.

Maryland (25-21, 8-16 ACC) hosts Towson on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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