Midweek Preview: Northeastern Huskies

No. 19 Maryland will continue its homestand on Tuesday with a matchup against the Northeastern Huskies.

The Terps are coming off a weekend where they collected their sixth straight Big Ten series win against Nebraska. The 20-5 win on Sunday was headlined by Nick Lorusso who broke the program’s single-season RBI record. Lorusso blasted two home runs with eight RBIs and broke the record with a grand slam.

The Terps recently moved up in the D1 Baseball Top 25 Rankings and now sit at No. 19. Maryland has yet to lose a Big Ten series and will look to build more momentum against Northeastern. This will be no easy matchup as the Huskies are sitting with a 36-9 record and second in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Here is a look at what to expect from the Huskies.

Northeastern Huskies (36-9)

Last Season

Northeastern was able to finish just above .500 last season with a 31-29-1 record. Despite the neutral overall record they struggled against the CAA conference, going 10-14. This would get them the fifth seed in the CAA Baseball Championship. 

They would eventually find their groove in the tournament and go on to pick up upset wins against No. 4 William & Mary and No. 1 College of Charleston. However, they could not get it done in the championship against Hofstra after a 7-6 loss.

This Season

The Huskies came into this season looking to build off the momentum from the end of the 2022 season. Saying that they did would be an understatement. Their impressive 36-9 record had earned them the 25th spot on the D1 Baseball Top 25 Rankings last week but back-to-back losses to the University of North Carolina-Wilmington this past weekend moved them back out.

After starting the season 2-2, Northeastern went on an eight-game win streak. This team would continue to pull together long win streaks with a 10-game streak in late March and a nine-game streak in April.

Hitters to Watch

It is hard to highlight just a couple of players when the entire Huskies offense is great when it comes to getting on base. With a team batting average of .307 and an OBP of .407, this team is extremely dangerous.

The offense is led by freshman outfielder Cam Maldonado who has a team-best .378 batting average and 22 stolen bases. Fellow outfielder Mike Sirota has raked from the leadoff spot this season. Sirota made the 2022 CAA All-Freshman team and has built off that successful campaign. Batting .354 with 13 home runs, he will be a power bat to watch out for.

Pitchers to Watch

Watch out for Griffin Young out of the bullpen. The righty has collected a 1.14 ERA and held opponents to a .186 batting average through 20 appearances this season. The Huskies have a handful of solid pitchers out of the bullpen. Righties Brett Dunham and Patrick Harrington have ERAs under 4.00 this season.

Probable Starting Pitchers

It is hard to pinpoint who will be pitching for the Terps on Tuesday. Nate Habertheir has made a handful of starts on Tuesdays but is unlikely to start this one since he pitched this past weekend.

Northeastern has relied on RHP Jake Gigliotti this season during midweek games. Gigliotti pitched two innings on Friday but it is still possible we see him make the start.