No one saw a complete game coming for Maryland’s Ryan Ramsey, let alone a perfect game.
The junior left-hander had worked almost exclusively out of the bullpen his first two seasons, and Friday marked his first outing since being promoted from No. 2 starter to No. 1.
Ramsey was never better than in the 13-0 win over Northwestern, throwing the 20th nine-inning perfect game since the NCAA began tracking the statistic in 1957.
Relying on his fastball and change-up, he struck out 10 and got eight flyouts and nine groundouts. He threw a career-high 118 pitches, 80 of them strikes. He went to a three-ball count five times. The past week has been a whirlwind for Ramsey, who is from Montvale, New Jersey.
“The outpouring from friends, family and teammates, it’s been awesome,” Ramsey said Monday. “People that have been following me for years since I started my high school run, it’s awesome to see them reach back out for this accomplishment.”
Coach Rob Vaughn and pitching coach Mike Morrison went into the seventh inning prepared to pull Ramsey (8-0). Will Glock was warming up in the bullpen, and Ramsey had a full count against Ethan O’Donnell leading off.
“I was kind of on a short leash because it was a day prior to when I usually start,” Ramsey said. “I know they were talking about it. If anyone got on, they were going to put Glock in.”
O’Donnell fouled off a pitch before going down swinging, and Ramsey went on to finish the first nine-inning perfect game since Duke’s Bryce Jarvis threw one against Cornell on Feb. 21, 2020.
Ramsey credited Morrison for calling the right pitches at the right time, catcher Luke Shliger and big defensive plays by right fielder Troy Schreffler, second baseman Kevin Keister and third baseman Nick Lorusso.
With three weeks left in the regular season, the Terrapins (36-9, 11-4 Big Ten) have tied the school single-season record set in 2015 after beating Georgetown on Tuesday, are second in the Big Ten behind Rutgers and are ranked as high as No. 18.
Ramsey said he and fellow starters Jason Savacool and Nick Dean can pitch knowing they probably will get ample run support. The Terps are averaging 8.2 runs per game and have 80 homers, with four players having hit at least 11.
“Our starting pitching rotation, we’re not as good as we’re thought to be,” Ramsey said. “It’s our offense. We’re 35-9 for a reason. I haven’t been perfect the whole entire season. I’ve been giving up three, four runs some outings, but my confidence on the mound comes from our offense being able to produce the amount of runs they have. They don’t get the acknowledgment they need.”
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