No. 24 Maryland continued its good conference play this past weekend as the Terps improved to 7-2 in the Big Ten following a sweep of Ohio State. The Terps managed to win two close games to begin the weekend before exploding offensively on Sunday. Maryland scored 16 runs fueled by six doubles and two solo home runs.
The Terps now turn their attention to the Towson Tigers. The first game between the two teams was not pretty for Towson as Maryland won the game, 26-8. Nick Lorusso, Maxwell Costes, Matt Shaw and Troy Shreffler Jr. all homered in the first game against the Tigers.
Towson Tigers (9-26)
Towson’s 2021 was better than their 2022 has been so far. A 21-36 record with an 11-12 conference record gave them a second place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association North Division. The team struggled at the plate finishing as the worst team in batting average and slugging percentage in their conference.
The pitching wasn’t any better for Towson as the team finished with a 5.60 ERA last year. The Tigers best relief pitcher Kody Reeser was a graduate student who is no longer on the team. Reeser finished the season with 2.02 ERA and made 25 appearances for the team.
Towson has struggled to get anything going this season. The Tigers are 0-9 in conference play this season and are currently on a six-game losing streak. Pitching remains the top concern for Towson as the team does not have a starting pitcher with a sub 5.50 ERA.
Hitters to watch:
Jack McLaughlin continues to be the Tigers best all around hitter this season. The senior infielder has a .357 batting average, .960 OPS and a .500 slugging percentage. Junior catcher Burke Camper brings the power for the Tigers as he has a team leading seven home runs and a .554 slugging percentage. While no qualified hitters have an average over .300 – outside of McLaughlin – the Terps pitching staff will still need to limit giving up the long ball as hitting home runs is the Tigers strength.
Pitchers to watch:
While the pitching staff has struggled as a whole, the Tigers closer Jake Pecilunas has been a bright spot this year. In 2022, the graduate student has a 2.25 ERA, 1.05 WHIP along with four saves. After allowing three runs in his first appearance of the season he has been lights out. Just two earned runs allowed in his last 19 innings of work.
Probable pitching matchup
Logan Ott vs. Teddy Blumenauer
Ott is familiar with this role as he has made eight starts for the Terps this season which is tied for the third most on the team. Ott enters with a 6.67 ERA and a 1-0 record. Ott struggled in his last outing against James Madison as he gave up five earned runs in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Blumenauer has had a rocky season so far posting a 15.19 ERA in seven appearances, five of them being starts. Blumenauer has not pitched since April 10 and could be on the bump to start for the Tigers. No matter who starts the game for Towson, they likely plan to throw a lot of different pitchers.