Maryland center fielder Charlie White, pitcher Jimmy Reed named second-team all-ACC


Maryland pitcher Jimmy Reed. (University of Maryland photo)

The Maryland baseball team pulled in some postseason hardware Monday morning, placing pitcher Jimmy Reed and center fielder Charlie White on the second-team all-ACC. They were the only two Terrapins named all-conference.

Reed, a senior who was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 21st round last spring and now projects to be picked somewhere on the second day this year, started 13 games as Maryland’s ace, posting a 2.33 ERA and closing the season with 22 strikeouts over his final two games.

The left-hander started 2012 in the bullpen, tying a single-season school record with eight saves, before bursting into the rotation with a stellar debut against North Carolina State. He spent last summer in the Cape Cod League and picked up right where he left off in College Park. Accurate with four pitches, including a devastating cutter that counts as his swing-and-miss pitch, Reed allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 starts, twirling nine-inning shutouts against Miami and Duke.

“He’s really helped us to grow the program while he’s been here,” first-year Maryland Coach John Szefc said. “To come here as a new coaching staff and have a legitimate senior, Friday night arm has made our transition a lot smoother than if he was not here, to say the least.”

White, a redshirt sophomore, has started all 55 games for the Terps this season and shattered the program’s single-season record with 39 stolen bases. His 61 career swipes ranks just one shy of Maryland’s all-time mark, shared by Larry Long and Alfredo Rodriguez.

White also led the Terps in batting average (.350), on-base percentage (.449), hits (75) and runs (44). Through games on May 15, one day before Maryland opened its final series against Boston College, White’s 39 steals ranked third nationally.

Despite an RPI of 35, Maryland missed out on the upcoming ACC tournament and will likely see its season end without an NCAA at-large bid. The Terps, however, lose just three seniors — Reed, catcher Jack Cleary (.213 BA in 41 games) and outfielder Jordan Hagel (team-high .534 slugging percentage, four homers in 52 games).

North Carolina and Virginia split the ACC’s four major awards. Tar Heels third baseman Colin Moran won the player of the year, as voted upon by the league’s coaches, and junior Kent Emanuel won pitcher of the year. Cavaliers outfielder Joe McCarthy was named freshman of the year, while Brian O’Connor scored coach of the year honors for the third time in four seasons.

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