Maryland baseball to open 2019 season in Coastal Carolina tournament

Maryland baseball will begin the 2019 season on Feb. 15 in the Coastal Carolina tournament, according to the team’s schedule released Wednesday morning. The Terps will also play against Campbell and VCU during the opening weekend.

Maryland went 24-30 last season in head coach Rob Vaughn’s first year at the helm, finishing with a losing record for the first time since 2011. The campaign marked the Terrapins’ first year without a postseason appearance since 2013.

The schedule is highlighted by a compelling conference home slate, which features four Big Ten tournament teams from last season: Indiana (March 29-31), Ohio State (April 19-21), Michigan (May 3-5) and Iowa (May 16-18).  

The Big Ten road slate is less challenging for the Terps, who went 9-14 in the conference last year. Maryland will travel to two 2018 Big Ten postseason teams in Illinois (April 5-7) and Minnesota (May 10-12), while also visiting Penn State and Northwestern. Minnesota won the Big Ten tournament and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals last season.

Maryland is scheduled to face six teams from last year’s NCAA tournament: East Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Stetson, Indiana, Minnesota and Ohio State. Of the 16 total games against those teams, nine will be played at home.

The first series at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium will be from Feb. 22 to Feb. 24 against Maine. The Terps will host East Carolina — who swept Maryland in a three-game set last season — from March 15 to March 17 in their only other nonconference home series.

The Terps’ four home-and-home series are the same ones from a season ago. They include William & Mary, VCU, Delaware and James Madison. Maryland went 3-5 in those games last year.

The team will play a three-game road series against Louisiana Lafayette for the first time in program history during the first weekend of March. Over spring break, the Terps play two games in two days at Elon and a three-game series at Creighton.

Maryland will also play one game each against Towson, West Virginia, Villanova, Creighton and George Mason.

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