Weekend Preview: Georgetown, Cornell

Maryland enters the weekend ready to face two teams in three days. The Terps host Georgetown University on Friday in College Park, before turning their attention to Cornell who they play Saturday. The Terps close the weekend series on the road as they take on Georgetown in Bethesda, Maryland.  

While the Terps were scheduled to play two games against VCU during the week, a postponement prevented game two from happening. In their only game against VCU, the Terps walked away with an 8-6 win over the Rams.

Maryland wasted no time showing off its power as Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso each hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning. Alleyne didn’t stop with one home run as he added another solo shot in the third inning. Bobby Zmazlak hit his second home run of the season and the Terps fourth of the game. Luke Shliger had three RBI on the day including a double which gave the Terps the lead in the sixth inning.

Freshman Ryan Van Buren toed the rubber for the Terps on Tuesday. Van Buren finished the outing with three runs on three hits in three innings pitched. Five Terps relievers got some to see some action following Van Buren’s outing, including Will Glock who made his sixth appearance for the Terps and earned his first save of the season.

Georgetown Hoyas (8-4)

Last Season

The Hoyas had a difficult 2021 season finishing with a 6-25 record. Georgetown struggled on the mound and at the plate last year. The team had a .195 batting average with six home runs. The team’s pitching staff had a combined 5.83 ERA.

This Season

Georgetown has managed to completely turn their hitting around to start this season. In their 12 games, the Hoyas have a .271 average with 19 home runs. The team has had a few breakout players who have fueled their offense through this point in the season.

Hitters to Watch

Two hitters have carried the Hoyas offense so far this season. Jake Hyde, a sophomore, enters this weekend with a .480 batting average and three home runs. Andrew Ciufo has led the power surge with a team-leading four home runs and 14 RBI.

Pitchers to Watch

The Terps will potentially face Andrew Williams in one of this weekend’s games. Williams made his first start of the season against UMass, and he finished with two runs allowed in five innings pitched. On the season, Williams has a 1.93 ERA in three total appearances.

Cornell Big Red (2-4)

Last Season

Cornell’s baseball season was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic. In 2020, they played just nine games and had a 1-8 record before the season was cut short.

This Season

Cornell has had an interesting start to the season so far. In its two wins, the Big Red have outscored their opponents 25-12. However, in their losses this year they have been outscored 81-14. They last played against Coppin State on March 6, losing 21-2 against the Eagles.

Hitters to Watch

Joe Hollerbach is currently leading the team average, home runs and RBI. The junior third baseman is the third hitter in the Big Red lineup and has managed a .542 batting average to go along with two home runs, six RBI and a 1.607 OPS.

Pitchers to Watch

Cornell weekend rotation has consisted of Spencer Edwards, Luke Yacinich and Kevin Cushing thus far. The pitching staff as a whole has struggled to begin the season posting a team ERA of 14.04.

Probable Starting pitching matchups:

Friday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (2-0, 0.93 ERA) vs Fr. LHP Andrew Williams (0-1, 1.93 ERA)

Nick Dean started the year off with 14 shutout innings against Baylor and Campbell. Dean took on Michigan in his last start and pitched 5.1 innings while allowing four hits and two earned runs.

A freshman from Atlanta, Williams has made three appearances for Georgetown this season. The lefty has struck out 16 batters in 9 1/3 innings pitched.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (3-0, 3.72 ERA) vs Jr. LHP Spencer Edwards (1-1, 8.31 ERA)

Through his three starts, Ramsey has a perfect 3-0 record with eight earned runs allowed in 19 1/3 innings pitched.

Edwards is coming off his best start of his career where he held Coppin State to two earned runs in six innings while striking out eight.

Sunday, 4:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (2-1, 3.27 ERA) vs Sr. LHP Kyle Salley (2-0, 8.18 ERA)

Savacool took his first loss of the season against East Carolina last weekend. He pitched seven innings and allowed five earned runs on nine hits.

A senior, Salley spent the first three years of his college career at Duke. He is coming off a win against UMass where he pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs.