Maryland hosts the James Madison Dukes on Tuesday, as the Terps look to stay consistent after taking two out of three from the Northwestern Wildcats over the weekend.
The two teams faced off twice last season and Maryland took both of those matchups, 2-1 and 6-1. The two sides will face off twice again this season, with the second game scheduled for May 14.
James Madison comes into this game on a two-game win streak after beating the William & Mary Tribe twice over the weekend. However, before this win streak, the Dukes had lost eight in a row and have only won two out of their last 10.
Maryland will look to improve upon their less than spectacular 6-9 record at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Tuesday, as they continue to play better on the road than at home. The Terps are currently 11-7 on the road this season.
The Terps bats will also look to stay hot heading into this week after scoring a combined 32 runs over the weekend series against Northwestern. The Terps have also scored four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games and will look to continue this against the Dukes.
After the weekend, freshman Maxwell Costes leads the team in batting average, currently hitting at .287. The Terps have struggled to get someone above the .300 plateau for most of the season but do have multiple hitters close. Hunter Parsons continues to lead the starting pitchers with a 2.95 ERA, and over 64 innings, he’s struck out 49 and walked just 16.
James Madison Dukes (20-17, 4-8 CAA)
James Madison had a modest 26-26 record last season and was not able to qualify for the CAA tournament. The Dukes won 13 games both on the road and at home last season amassing their 26 wins. The Dukes were right around .500 all season until they lost seven in a row between April 25 and May 11.
This season the Dukes have been trending upward as they are currently three games above .500 at 20-17. They have also been far more successful at home, going 15-9 at Eagle Field. However, the Dukes are disappointingly 5-8 on the road and this has pulled them down to seventh in their conference standings, the same place they finished last year. The Dukes will look to get even higher above the .500 mark in this upcoming matchup against the Terps.
Hitters to Watch
The Dukes have two players hitting above .300, including freshman Nick Zona who is hitting .337 heading into the week. The other is Tevon Dabney hitting at .321. Dabney is also a freshman infielder similar to Zona. Not far behind Zona and Dabney are juniors Brady Harju and Matt Dipasupil who are currently hitting at a .290 clip. Dabney currently leads the team in home runs with six and Harju leads the team with 25 RBI.
Pitchers to Watch
Another junior, Kevin Kelly, has led the attack in terms of starting pitching for the Dukes as he leads the team with 53.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Nick Stewart however, leads the starters in ERA, posting a 2.80 in 45 innings pitched. Kelly is second with a 3.86 ERA. The relief attack for the Dukes is led by Nick Robertson, who currently has a 1.08 ERA and six saves in 16 innings.