The Wolverines open up their home Big Ten schedule with an unfamiliar opponent, as they host the Terps in the first game between the two schools since 1957. What will be familiar for Maryland however, will be the head coach on the stoop of the opposing dugout, Erik Bakich, who was at the helm in College Park from 2010-2012.
Michigan is coming off an 8-3 mid-week victory over Bowling Green, but were swept by Nebraska on the road last weekend to open Big Ten play. The Terps are coming off a mid-week defeat to James Madison 8-6, as the Terps were unable to dig themselves out of an 8-0 hole, despite a worthy comeback effort. The loss snapped Maryland’s ten game winning streak.
Saturday at 12pm
So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (5-0, 2.27) vs. So. LHP Brett Adcock (2-3, 5 . 4 0)
Shawaryn hardly broke stride entering conference play. He tossed eight innings against Minnesota allowing just one unearned run and striking out 6 to extend his conference leading win total to five. Shawaryn also leads the conference with 47 strikeouts, ten better than the second place mark. Not only is Shawaryn keeping teams off the scoreboard, he’s keeping them off the basepaths as well, boasting a .191 opponent average, and giving up just six walks in 39 2/3 innings pitched.
Adcock has been inconsistent this season. He was named Big Ten pitcher of the week March 2, after striking out 11 over seven shutout innings in two-hit win over Siena. His following start against Coastal Carrolina he struck out seven in 5 2/3 and did not give up an earned run. However, in the conference opener against Nebraska, Adcock struggled. He gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits, and was pulled in the second inning. Adcock relies on deception from the left side, and leads the conference with 14 batters called out on strikes.
Saturday at 3:30pm
Fr. LHP Willie Rios (1-0, 6.28) vs. Fr. RHP Ryan Nutof (1-2, 3 . 5 8)
Rios is coming off a tough outing against Minnesota, in which he allowed seven hits and seven earned runs over just two innings pitched. The freshman has been hurt this season by leaving too many pitches over the plate, as he has conceded 18 hits through 14 1/3 innings pitched. His lone victory came against Princeton two weeks ago, when he went six scoreless innings, striking out five.
As a freshman, Nutof has been a workhorse for the Wolverines. He has pitched a team high 32 2/3 innings, striking out 26, but a lack of run support has kept his win total lower than his numbers would dictate. In his last start against Nebraska he struck out seven, but allowed five earned runs, in 5.2 innings pitched.
Sunday at 12pm
Sr. RHP Bobby Ruse (4-0, 4.09) vs. Fr. RHP Jayce Vancena (0-1, 3 . 4 4)
Since making the move to the starting rotation Ruse has earned a win and a no decision, with the Terps winning both games he started. He didn’t go as deep as he would have liked in his start last week against Minnesota, giving up three in four innings of work. However Ruse continues to do what the coaching staff has asked of him; give his team a chance to win regardless of when he comes in the game. Ruse is currently tied for second in the conference with four victories.
Vancena has been a solid arm in the Sunday slot for the Wolverines. In his first career start against Davidson, he allowed just one earned run over 5.1 innings pitched. The 6-5 freshman, received a no decision in the series finale against Nebraska, giving up one earned run in 4 2/3 innings, striking out four.
Wolverines to Watch:
Jacbob Cronenworth, Junior, first basemen/ relief pitcher
Batting leadoff, he’s the fist guy you see in the batters box, and his duel role as a closer makes him the final guy you might see on the mound. Cronenworth has a .312 average with 29 hits on the season and has scored 25 runs, good for second in the conference. He is also tied with Brandon Lowe for walks, with 16, good for second in the Big Ten. On the mound he posts a 2.79 ERA in six appearances and has earned three saves on the season. He has struck out 11 in 9 2/3 innings of work.
Jackson Glines, Senior, center fielder
Glines was named Big Ten player of the week March 2, after batting .611 in the weekend prior. On the season he leads Michigan in mnay offensive categories with a slash line of .453/.533/.549 and has 40 total bases batting in the two hole. His average and on base percentage both lead the Big Ten, and he is second in hits to Brandon Lowe with 34. He has also yet to make an error, patrolling center field.
Cody Bruder, junior, left fielder
Bruder is batting .330 on the year with 6 doubles and 21 driven in. His RBI mark is tied with Nick Cieri for fifth in the conference. He transferred from Orange Coast College, where he was named an Empire Conference first team selection as a sophomore last season.