Maryland baseball coach John Szefc paused and looked forward, trying to articulate just how special it was to be part of the Terps' first NCAA tournament team in 43 years.
Szefc was just 4 years old when Maryland lost its first two games in Gastonia, N.C., in the 1971 national tourney.
"It's kind of hard for me to wrap my mind around that," Szefc said.
Since then, the program has endured 27 losing seasons in 43 years, failing to compete with perennial Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouses such as North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Florida State.
This year, though, the Big Ten-bound