Maryland looks to extend its winning streak to five against St. Joseph’s Wednesday when the Terrapins host the Hawks at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium at 4 p.m.
After sweeping the weekend games at the USA Baseball-Irish Classic, Maryland (5-5) came from behind to beat William & Mary 9-8 in its home opener Tuesday for its fourth straight victory.
Head coach John Szfec was forced to rely heavily on his bullpen after Tuesday’s starter Hunter Parsons failed to make it out of the second inning. Relievers Ryan Hill, Tayler Stiles, Mike Rescigno and Ryan Selmer all saw action against the Tribe, with Hill throwing 3.1 scoreless innings and Selmer securing the two-inning save.
Szefc said he expects Stiles and Rescigno, who each pitched one inning Tuesday, to be available Wednesday, as well as Andrew Miller and Jared Price.
Counting Tuesday’s contest, Maryland has now scored at least nine runs in four of its 10 games this season, including three times during the current winning streak. The Terrapins received key contributions from Zach Jancarski and Kevin Biondic, who each had a two-RBI hit against William & Mary. Nick Dunn had two hits, giving him a team-leading 14 on the season.
St. Joseph’s (0-9) is still searching for its first win, after dropping games against Stetson, Western Michigan and Connecticut last weekend at the Stetson Invitational in DeLand, Fla.
The Hawks pitching has struggled mightily, with a team ERA of 8.80, and opponents batting .315. In its previous game against Connecticut, St. Joseph’s received a quality start from Pat Vanderslice, who pitched seven complete innings and struck out eight. But the bullpen gave up 9 runs over the last two innings in an 11-0 loss.
STARTING PITCHING MATCHUP
WED 4 p.m. EST
So. RHP Cameron Enck (0-0, 27.00 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Hayden Seig (0-1, 11.12 ERA)
Sophomore Cameron Enck will get his second career start and first of the year Wednesday. Enck has made two relief appearances, pitching two innings against Ball State in the season opener, allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout. He struggled against LSU on February 25, when he gave up five runs in 0.1 inning. In his only start last season against Delaware, Enck was tagged with the loss, pitching 2.2 innings and surrendering five runs.
St. Joseph’s will give the ball to freshman Hayden Seig for his first career start. In three games of relief, Seig has posted an 11.12 ERA over 5.2 innings, with his best outing coming versus Pepperdine, where he allowed one run one hit with three strikeouts in three innings.