Maryland Baseball Network counted down to Opening Day! Today marks the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #0, Anthony Papio.
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Position: Student Assistant Coach
Hometown: Olney, Md.
High School: Sherwood High School
Alma Mater: University of Maryland (’16)
About Anthony: Anthony Papio returns to College Park to join the Terrapin’s coaching staff as a student assistant coach after four remarkable seasons on the team. He holds the team record for most games played (230) and finished second all-time in triples (9).
Papio started his career at Maryland as a walk-on and quickly turned into a key player for the Terps. As a redshirt freshman, Papio appeared in 47 games, splitting time between right and left field. He posted a .245 batting average with five doubles and 21 RBIs. Papio started 53 games as a sophomore, solidifying his spot in right field and batting .271 with nine doubles and two home runs. As a Junior, Papio became one of just two Terps to start in all 66 games. He recorded 16 doubles, 26 RBIs and six home runs. He earned All-Tournament honors at the Los Angeles Regional after a noteworthy defensive performance. During his final year on the Terps roster, Papio batted .261 with eight doubles, four triples and four home runs. He finished the year with a hit and a walk in the Big Ten semifinals against Iowa.
Off the field, Papio earned Big Ten All-Academic honors, Maryland’s Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and won the “Iron Terps” competition three years.