Series Preview: Siena Saints

After a tough 6-3 loss to Delaware on Tuesday, No. 24 Maryland heads back home this weekend for a three game series against the Siena Saints. At 13-3, the Terps will look to continue one the best starts in school history and pick up some momentum as conference play inches closer. This series will unfold across two days with a double-header being played on Saturday and the finale taking place on Sunday.

Despite the loss its last time out, Maryland still comes into this weekend on a hot streak, winning five of its last seven over the past two weeks. Maxwell Costes continues to tear the cover off the ball with five home runs and eleven RBI since the start of March. His seven home runs this season are tied for 20th in the country.

Chris Alleyne has also gotten himself into mid-season form over the past two weeks, picking up 15 hits and knocking in 11 runs since March 1. He enters this weekend looking to extend a nine game hitting streak.

The Terps’ weekend rotation has continued to blank the competition. Logan Ott provided three shutout innings on Friday versus Georgetown in a spot-start, replacing Nick Dean who was out with forearm tightness.

On Sunday, Ryan Ramsey had his best start as a Terp, striking out 13 Cornell batters and only allowing one hit in six innings pitched. His efforts resulted in Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week honors.

Jason Savacool closed out the home stand on Monday night against Georgetown with yet another impressive outing. In eight innings of work he allowed only one run on three hits, striking out nine Hoyas.

With Nick Dean back in the rotation vs Siena, Maryland’s three weekend starters will look to continue their dominance against a struggling Siena lineup.

Siena (2-11)

Last Season

Similar to Maryland’s 2021 season, Siena played a conference-only schedule, facing off against other Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference teams the entire regular season. In those conference games, the Saints finished with a 14-22 record, good for seventh place in the MAAC. Pitching was the biggest sore spot for Siena, posting a 7.04 team ERA, the third highest in the conference. The Saints fared a bit better at the plate, but not by much, batting .269 as a team, putting them in the bottom half of the MAAC. Siena’s season ended in the first round of the MAAC championship, losing a best of three series to Monmouth.

This Season

It’s been a tough start for Siena in a rather unusual first thirteen games with every contest being played on the road so far. The Saints have taken a step back from their 2021 numbers both on the mound and at the plate, posting a 9.34 team ERA and a .220 team batting average. Containing opposing lineups has been a major issue for this pitching staff, allowing ten or more runs eight times already this season. If Siena can take any momentum into this series, it will be from a 9-5 win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday where the Saints lineup exploded for a seven-run sixth inning.

Hitters to Watch

While the Siena offense as a whole has struggled this year, there have been some bright spots within this Saints lineup. Sophomore infielder Kobe Stenson has started all thirteen games for Siena and leads the team with a .326 batting average, 15 hits and eight runs. Redshirt junior infielder Brett Young is slashing .311/.415/.578, with his OBP and slugging numbers leading the Saints offense. His two home runs on the season are also tied for most on the team.

Pitchers to Watch

Senior RHP Arlo Marynczak has been the go-to arm out of the bullpen for Head Coach Tony Rossi. In a team-high five relief appearances this season he has provided 14 innings for this Saints team, posting a 2.57 ERA, also best on the team. His most dominant outing this season was a save picked up in a win against the Citadel where he pitched three perfect innings and struck out six batters.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (2-0, 0.93 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Mike McCully (0-3, 11.37 ERA)

It’s been almost two weeks since Maryland’s number one starter last took the mound after he missed a start last Friday due to forearm tightness. Aside from this one minor setback, Dean has been nothing short of incredible this season. His 0.93 ERA is ranked 30th best in the country among all qualified pitchers. In his last start versus Michigan on March 4, he went 5 1/3 innings for the Terps, giving up two runs on four hits while issuing three walks.

It’s been a tough going in three starts for Mike McCully. He went a solid five innings in his first start for the season against Central Florida, only allowing two earned runs on five hits. Since then though, McCully has allowed seven earned runs in both of his past two starts only pitching a combined 7 2/3 innings in those outings.

Saturday, Approx. 3:30 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (4-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Sr. LHP Ben Seiler (1-2, 4.22 ERA)

Ryan Ramsey will take the mound in game two of Saturday’s double-header for Maryland, and to say he will have momentum going into it would be an understatement. Ramsey is coming off arguably his best start of the season where he struck out a career-high 13 batters, only allowing one hit in six innings of work against Cornell this past Sunday. Ramsey has pitched at least six innings in all four of his starts this season and will look to continue this trend on Saturday.

On the other side it will be Ben Seiler starting for Siena. His 4.22 season ERA is the best among Saints starters, but it can be a bit deceiving as it truly is a tossup of what type of pitcher he will be every time he takes the field. In his first and third starts of the season against Central Florida and Jacksonville State, he gave up eight and six runs respectively. In his second and fourth starts against Charleston and The Citadel however, he gave up just one run over twelve innings of work. Which version of Seiler that shows up to Bob “Turtle” Smith stadium on Saturday could have a big impact on the outcome of game two.

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (3-1, 2.70 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Noah Rubino (0-2, 10.80 ERA)

Jason Savacool will get the nod for the series finale on Sunday. After a rough outing against East Carolina two weeks ago, Savacool took the mound on Monday night against Georgetown and gave a great bounce back performance. In eight innings pitched he fanned nine Hoyas, only allowing one run and five total base runners in the game.

Noah Rubino is Siena’s probable starter for Sunday. In three starts so far this season, he has failed to make it into the fourth inning, posting a 10.80 ERA ad allowing 19 hits in just 11 2/3 innings pitched. Rubino’s last appearance game on March 6 against The Citadel where he gave up five earned runs off five hits and four walks.