Midweek Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

Another midweek game has been added to the Maryland schedule.

The Terps are set to host the Georgetown Hoyas on Tuesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, which will serve as the second matchup out of three between the two teams.

Georgetown traveled to College Park just two weeks prior to this week’s matchup in which Maryland came away with a 10-7 victory. The Terps will then serve as the away team in two weeks to close out the season series at Shirley Povich Field.

This will be Maryland’s fifth straight home game after a blowout loss to William & Mary last Tuesday and a series win over Rutgers over the weekend.

Despite winning the first two games against the Scarlet Knights, the Terps were not able to secure the series sweep on Sunday.

Here’s what to look out for against the visiting Hoyas.

Georgetown Hoyas (17-15)

Last Season

Georgetown put up some decent numbers in 2022.

In the eight-team Big East Conference, Georgetown finished with the fourth-best winning percentage within the conference behind UConn, Creighton, and Xavier. Teams that finished below Georgetown include Villanova, St. John’s, Seton Hall, and Butler.

When it came time for the Big East Championship at the end of last May, the Hoyas got blanked by the No. 1 Huskies and got blown out by the No. 3 Musketeers.

Overall, the Hoyas finished to a 32-24 record and went 11-10 in conference play. They were dominant on the road but struggled at home.

Maryland beat Georgetown twice in four days last March and then capped off the season sweep with a 19-1 destruction last May for good measure.

This Season

The Hoyas enter the midweek matchup with a 17-15 record and continue to struggle on the road with a 6-11 record at visiting ballparks.

Despite starting the season with six wins in seven games, Georgetown has struggled to get into find a solid groove since then.

They enter College Park after a weekend trip to New Jersey in which they lost two out of three games to Seton Hall.

Prior to last weekend, Georgetown lost to George Mason last Tuesday at the Washington Nationals Youth Academy. Conference play within the Big East was kicked off the weekend before that as the Hoyas took two out of three against Villanova in Philadelphia.

Hitters to Watch

Two players have been mostly carrying the offensive load.

Ubaldo Lopez leads the way for the Hoyas in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. He also brings a power element to the team as he is tied for the team lead in home runs with nine.

Jake Hyde ranks second in all of these categories behind Lopez and is also tied for the team lead in home runs. 

Pitchers to Watch

Since it’s a midweek matchup, it would be wise to pinpoint a reliever who has been a key contributor to the Georgetown pitching: Jordan Yoder.

The right-handed graduated student has appeared in 17 games this season and has pitched to a 3.15 ERA thus far. He has pitched 20 innings during that span and has given up seven earned runs and 17 hits.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Maryland has had a plethora of pitchers open a game, especially on a midweek matchup. While it is tough to call who will get to pitch first, expect to see a variety of arms used. RHP Kai Leckszas should be favored for Georgetown.