Game Preview: William & Mary Tribe

Maryland travels to Virginia to take on William & Mary on Wednesday, as the Terps look to right the ship after a rough weekend series against Indiana in which they dropped two of three games.

Maryland will also seek revenge on the Tribe after dropping two games to them in 2018, including in a similar early-April matchup last season. The Tribe beat the Terps on Feb. 21, 10-4, and April 3, 4-3.

The Tribe have won four games in a row after a sweep of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks and will look to continue this upward trend against the Terrapins. Maryland has lost two games in a row and eight of their last 11 en route to a 13-13 record.

Currently, the Terps have fared better on road at 7-4, in comparison to the 5-8 mark at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. This bodes well heading to Virginia to take on William & Mary.

The Terps pitching will also look to improve after allowing 39 runs on 32 hits in the last two games combined while the offense, which has been somewhat streaky this season, looks to add to what they’re doing after scoring five runs or more in three of their last seven games.

Taylor Wright remains the Terps leading hitter at .299 after the weekend series. He, and others such as Chris Alleyne (.282), will look to get Maryland some hitters over the .300 mark. Alleyne and sophomore Randy Bednar still lead the team with four home runs each.

William & Mary Tribe (19-7, 4-2 CAA)

Last Season

The Tribe is coming off of a very disappointing 2018 season, going 15-39 overall with just a 12-17 record at home. After starting last season 15-23, William & Mary went on to lose 16 games in a row dropping their record to a whopping 15-39. In that stretch, The Tribe was swept by Northeastern, Hofstra, N.C. State, Delaware, Virginia Tech, and Elon in that respective order and were eliminated from contention for the CAA tournament. William and Mary did, however, beat the Terrapins twice.

This Season

William & Mary have turned itself around, at least for the first half of the 2019 season. With a 19-7 record, the Tribe is 4-2 in conference and 10-6 at home, having played no ranked opponents so far. William & Mary is currently second in the CAA standings behind only Elon, which is 4-1 in conference and 15-12 overall.

Hitters to Watch

The Tribe have three players hitting above .300 to start the season. They’ve been led by senior catcher Hunter Smith, who is hitting a whopping .337 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 26 games, and has been a force to be reckoned with so far this season. Senior Zach Pearson and freshman Hunter Hart are also above the .300 mark, hitting .333 and .316, respectively.

Pitchers to Watch

Sophomore Randall Prosperi leads the Tribe with 13 relief appearances and has been effective in those appearances. Prosperi is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA, has walked just four and has struck out 16 batters along the way. Chris Farrell is second on the team with 11 relief appearances; the junior boasts a 2.51 ERA and a 2-1 record. In those appearances, Farrell has struck out 22 and walked just 10.