By Chris Rogers
UPDATE: This game has been cancelled due to inclement weather and will not be made-up.
The Terrapins will travel to Richmond Tuesday for their first and only meeting with the Richmond Spiders this season. The two teams faced off once last year, an 8-3 victory for the Terps.
The Terps (18-15) enter the midweek game riding a season-high four-game winning streak. They defeated the James Madison Dukes in a midweek home game, 5-2, before a home sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes over the weekend.
The pitching staff, which has had its ups and downs this year, shined this week, giving up just seven total runs across the four games. Hunter Parsons was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week after holding James Madison to one run on two hits over seven innings. In Friday’s doubleheader, right-hander Taylor Bloom threw a complete game, three-hit shutout in the day game, while nightcap starter Brian Shaffer tossed seven innings of one-run ball before turning it over to the bullpen.
The offense, while quiet most of the weekend, collected some timely hits – the Terps won on a walk-off single by Madison Nickens in the tenth after being held hitless through nine. Sunday, Anthony Papio tied it in the ninth with a two-run single before Dan Maynard won it with another walk-off single.
Richmond (17-14) has won three of the last four, including two out of three against St. Louis at home over the weekend. They are 12-6 at home on the season. The Spiders have been carried by their offense, hitting .325 as a team, with Kurtis Brown (.410, 13 2B, 21 RBI), Tyler Beckwith (.344, 4 HR, 25 RBI) and Doug Kraeger (.339, 4 HR, 28 RBI) leading the attack. However, their pitching staff has struggled to a 4.83 ERA on the season.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP
TUE at 3:00 PM
Jr. LHP Tayler Stiles (2-2, 4.83 ERA) vs. TBD
Tayler Stiles has appeared in 10 games this season, including four starts, giving up 26 runs (17 earned) in 31.2 innings. After struggling to open the season, Stiles has pitched well of late, giving up two earned runs over six innings last week against Liberty, and shutting out VCU for seven innings on March 29. Richmond has yet to announce Tuesday’s starter.