Series Preview: William & Mary

Maryland (24-11, 9-3 Big Ten) will travel to Williamsburg, Va. on Wednesday to take on William & Mary (18-19), hoping to bring along some of this past weekend’s success.

Coming off a midweek loss to George Mason, Maryland swept Penn State this past weekend, capping off the series with a 15-2 win on Sunday.  After collecting just three hits in Friday night’s comeback walkoff victory, the Terps finished strong with 19 hits on Sunday. Marty Costes recorded four hits and five RBIs Sunday, finishing a homer short of the cycle, while AJ Lee’s four-hit, five-RBI, two-homer performance pushed his average to a season-high .303 mark. Along with Costes and Lee, Brandon Gum (.333) and Zach Jancarski (.312) both stayed hot, as the Terps now have four regulars hitting over .300 on the season.

Maryland at William and MaryOn the other side of Wednesday’s matchup, William & Mary (18-19, 4-5 CAA) has not had the same recent success. They wrap up a six-game road swing Tuesday with a game at Richmond, looking to salvage something on what has been an 0-5 trip so far. William & Mary hasn’t won since a 14-6 victory over Elon at home on April 8, but the Tribe does own a 12-4 record on their home turf this season.  In their most recent contest Sunday at East Tennessee State, senior right fielder Charles Ameer led the team with a homer and three RBIs, while junior second baseman Cullen Large also went deep.

These two have been offensive catalysts for the Tribe all year, as Ameer leads the team in homers (6) to go with his .297 average and 24 RBIs, while Large is hitting .331 with a team-high 13 doubles and 32 RBIs. Freshman outfielder Brandon Raquet has also been hot of late, notching a hit in six straight contests to raise his average to a team-best .346 mark. The Tribe have struggled on the mound this season, especially during their current losing streak, surrendering at least eight runs in each of the last four games. William & Mary’s pitching staff has surrendered 38 homers on the season, while pitching to a 5.50 team ERA. Only two Tribe pitchers own ERAs below 3: Sunday starter Nick Raquet, whose 2.30 mark leads the team, and right-hander Christopher Lohr, who has pitched one scoreless inning out of the bullpen this season.

The last time these two teams met was at the beginning of March, when the Terps rallied from an early deficit to defeat the Tribe 9-8. Ameer collected three hits that day and Large collected three RBIs.

Starting Pitching Matchup

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Jr. RHP Ryan Hill (3-0, 2.63 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Jamie Sara (1-0, 5.84 ERA)

1Maryland_M_Bar_Primary_Athletic_Logo   vs.   Jamie Sara

The Terps will send right-hander Ryan Hill to the mound Wednesday for his first start of the season. Hill, a junior transfer, has been Maryland’s most reliable pitcher out of the bullpen this year. He leads the team in appearances (16), ranks fourth, behind the weekend rotation, in innings pitched (27.1), and trails only Brian Shaffer and Tyler Blohm with 36 strikeouts.

Freshman right-hander Jamie Sara will start for William & Mary. The Alexandria, Virginia, native has made nine appearances and one start this year, allowing eight runs (all earned) on 12 hits over 12.1 innings pitched. While he does have the strikeout pitch working (1o K) early in his college career, his control has been shaky, with 11 walks and two hit batsmen to date.