The Maryland baseball team was selected to participate in the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament Monday. The Terrapins were placed in the Los Angeles Regional and will take on the second-seeded Ole Miss Rebels Friday at Jackie Robinson Field.
Ole Miss went 30-26 this season after reaching the semifinals of the College World Series in 2014. They took a series from Vanderbilt on the Commodores’ home field earlier this season and finished 15-14 in SEC play.
Maryland will then play the winner or loser of UCLA and Cal State Bakersfield. UCLA is the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed and will have home field advantage throughout the first two stages of the tournament. They return to the field of 64 after missing the tournament last year. They hosted a regional in the four previous seasons. The Bruins are boasting a team ERA of 2.15.
The Terps watched the selection show at Looney’s Pub in College Park and were excited about the opportunity.
Watch the team’s reaction:
Head Coach John Szefc discusses the opportunity (full transcript below):
On what a second straight berth means to the program:
“It’s really important to the program. I’m just happy for our guys and the coaches. It’s the culmination of a lot of work to get to this point. This day is like Christmas Day to a kid. You look forward to it the whole year, you build toward that. It’s important for our young guys to experience it. It’s important for our recruits to see us. I’ve always respected the people in college baseball who can produce consistency. You want to have stability and consistency across the board, and that’s what we’re trying to build. For a lot of reasons, it’s a really important day for us.”
On his initial reaction to seeing the bracket:
“We had an up and down year, we weren’t a two seed. So when you’re a three seed, you’re at the mercy of the committee. There weren’t many East Coast regionals this year so the chance of having to go out west was a good chance. We want to be playing next week and that’s what we’re doing.”
On learning about other three unfamiliar teams:
“We’ll get scouting reports from throughout our contacts and just prepare our guys like we normally do and get ready to get after it like we did last year.”
On biggest concerns about going out west to face the No. 1 seed:
“I’m not really concerned about anything. I’m just looking forward to getting our guys prepared, getting them some information, getting them some rest and getting them on the field on Friday. The gauntlet we just ran in the Big Ten Tournament is an awfully tough gauntlet. I’m not really overly concerned about anything in particular.”