Game Preview: North Carolina Tar Heels

The Maryland Terrapins (9-5) extended their winning streak to eight games this weekend with a series sweep over the Bryant Bulldogs.  Maryland will look to continue their stretch as they travel to Chapel Hill to face their former ACC foe, North Carolina, on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

In their first home series of the season, the Terps found success thanks to strong performances from the starting rotation.  After shaky outings from Maryland’s starters in the midweek games, they did not have to rely on their bullpen over the weekend.

maryland-at-uncOn Friday, Brian Shaffer held the Bulldogs to one run through seven innings to win 7-1.  Taylor Bloom also threw seven innings in his start in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader, allowing just two unearned runs and just four hits in the Terps’ 9-2 victory.  To finish the weekend, Tyler Blohm held the Bulldogs to just three hits through six innings in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The freshman southpaw struck out six and did not allow a run to secure a 4-0 win.

Meanwhile, down South, offense was the answer for the No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels (12-4) this weekend.  They won their first ACC series of the season, taking two out of three games at home against Virginia for their first series win over the Cavaliers since 2012.  The Tar Heels have been aided by home field advantage, as they have played all 16 of their games at home in Chapel Hill.

At the plate, North Carolina has been rolling of late, coming off a 12-2 win over Virginia Sunday. Shortstop Logan Warmoth (.373, 3 HR, 11 RBI) leads a Tar Heel offense that has scored eight runs in four of their last five games. While impressing at the plate, North Carolina has been even more dominant on the mound this season, as the pitching staff has collectively posted a 2.12 ERA through 16 games. The Terps offense comes in hot, however, putting up seven runs or more six times during their eight game winning streak.

The last time Maryland met North Carolina was in the 2014 ACC championship, before Maryland moved to the Big Ten.


TUES 4 p.m. EST

1Maryland_M_Bar_Primary_Athletic_Logoparsons     vs.    Tyler Baum

So. RHP Hunter Parsons (0-0, 12.38 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Tyler Baum (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

Sophomore Hunter Parsons will get his second start of the season on Tuesday at North Carolina.  Parsons made 15 appearances last season with five starts, finishing the season with a 3.50 ERA.  In his first start this year, Maryland’s home opener on Wednesday against William & Mary, Parsons only lasted 1.2 innings and allowed six earned runs, but the right-hander showed promise with strong relief appearances early in the season. He will look to take pressure off the Terps bullpen and bats on Tuesday and continue the string of solid starts put together by Maryland’s rotation over the weekend.

Freshman Tyler Baum is slated to make his third start as a Tar Heel on Tuesday.  The Ocoee, Fla. native was ranked as the No. 7 RHP by Prep Baseball Report coming out of high school.  Baum has had two good outings for the Tar Heels this season highlighted by 10.2 shutout innings and a 2-0 record. In his last appearance against VCU, Baum threw five shutout innings and retired the first eight batters he faced.