Huskies pitching outlasts Terps, Maryland to play in elimination game

With the stage set Saturday evening for a duel between two of the strongest teams east of the Mississippi, Maryland and UConn quickly became deadlocked in an intense duel between a couple of respective first team all-conference pitchers.

First Team All-Big Ten pitcher Jason Savacool and First Team All-Big East pitcher Pat Gallagher clashed at The “Bob” in the heat of an early June day, but after Savacool’s exit after the sixth, the Huskies took off while the Terps’ fuse fizzled out. The game ultimately ended in UConn’s favor, with the Huskies winning, 10-2.

The Huskies got to scoring immediately, crushing back-to-back home runs against Savacool to leadoff their half of the first inning. The solo shots, coming from David Smith and Erik Stock, respectively, gave Gallagher a very early lead to work with, and for the first four innings he was able to keep the Terps mostly at bay.

While on the theme of solo home runs, Maryland’s first strike of the night was a Kevin Keister solo home run that he crushed well beyond the right field wall to bring the Terps within a run.

A couple of innings later, Ian Petrutz came up with a big-time RBI to score Maxwell Costes and even the score, 2-2. Petrutz was coming off a three-hit, five RBI performance against Long Island University Friday night, and has continued to prove himself as a potent threat in the bottom of Maryland’s order.

Up to that point in the game, Savacool had nearly matched his counterpart’s performance on the mound, keeping his confidence high and limiting the Huskies to the two early solo blasts. Outside of both pitchers giving up a pair of runs, they both gave up seven hits, and Savacool had just one more walk than Gallagher.

Quite the pitchers duel.

However, the anti-climatic difference-maker in the game came in the bottom half of the fifth, when a fielder’s choice groundout to first base allowed Stock to score from third. The play before that may have been an even bigger difference-maker than the run-scoring groundout itself, as wise base running from Stock allowed him to get from first to third on an infield single.

If anyone kept UConn’s offense in the game the whole nine innings, it was easily Stock. By the end of the night, he reached base four times (double, home run and two walks), and scored all four times.

Following that go-ahead run, Savacool cruised through the sixth, emphatically striking out Zach Bushling for the third out en route to an applause-filled exit from his start.

The game may have been decided after UConn’s go-ahead run in the fifth, but with Savacool gone and Nigel Belgrave entering in the seventh, the Huskies were dead-set on grabbing some insurance.

After allowing the first two Huskies to reach base, Belgrave nearly put an end to the rally with two straight strikeouts that had the sellout crowd erupting. But on the very first pitch redshirt junior Matt Donlan saw, a three-run home run was crushed well over the batter’s eye as the Huskies got their insurance with a 6-2 lead after seven innings.

From then on, the Terps struggled to produce anything on the offensive side, the only glimpse of a comeback coming on a dropped ball error by Huskies right fielder Casey Dana. Two quick outs abruptly ended the rally, and the game became virtually out of reach after the Huskies picked up four more runs later in the inning.

Petrutz would add on to the Terps’ score in the ninth — hitting a three-run home run to cut UConn’s lead to five — but Maryland could not muster up a big enough miracle to push past the Huskies.

With the loss, Maryland now faces Wake Forest in an elimination game Sunday at 1:00 p.m.. Should the Terps reign victorious, it would set up a rematch with UConn.

College Park Regional Preview

For the first time in program history, The “Bob” will be hosting a NCAA Regional.

As the No. 15 seed in the nation, Maryland welcomes a treacherous field of opponents into the College Park Regional, hoping to pick up where last year’s squad left off and renew its College World Series aspirations. The field includes a Wake Forest team lined with dangerous bats, a Connecticut team loaded with pitching, and a Long Island University team that recently won its conference tournament.

Coming off a disappointing end to the Big Ten Tournament in which they lost two of their three games (outscored by eight runs), the Terps turn their attention to the Long Island Sharks when the teams butt heads in game one Friday evening.

The winner of that matchup will face the winner of Wake Forest and Connecticut, who play each other in Friday afternoon’s slot. To get a better grasp at the competition Maryland faces Friday and what it might face later in the weekend, here’s a brief preview of each opposing team in the College Park Regional.

Long Island Sharks (37-19, 18-9 NEC)

The No. 4 seed Sharks are the Terps’ game one competition, and after winning their conference’s tournament to clinch a spot in the NCAA Championship Bracket, Long Island has plenty of momentum behind it. Since LIU merged its Brooklyn and Post programs into one under the Sharks in 2019, the team’s 37 wins this season was the most in program history.

The Sharks didn’t have much of an outstanding offense — ending the season dead in the middle of the Northeast Conference in just about every hitting category. The one category they dominated the conference in — and what could prove to be their deadliest skill at the plate — is walks. The Sharks walked 313 times in 2022, 68 times more than the next best team in Mount St. Mary’s. While they might not dominate with the bat itself, elite plate discipline and the ability to manufacture runs through walks could be Long Island’s secret weapon against the Terps.

Hitters to Watch:

For the most part, the Sharks’ lineup has mostly been a revolving door of batters with only six players starting just about every game this season. The two most impactful bats of that group have been graduate student Michael Edelman and senior Giovanni Ciaccio. Both players have nearly identical slash lines, with Edelman at .326/.419/.496 and Ciaccio at .310/.436/.478.

The Sharks aren’t necessarily a long ball-dependent team, but if there’s going to be one player to send a ball or two over the fence in the College Park Regional, look to junior EJ Exposito, who has a team-leading 13 home runs.

Pitchers to Watch:

With the Sharks most likely sending out their typical Friday starter for game one against Maryland, the Terps might have a lot of work to do to move on in the regional. Senior Joshua Loeschorn is second on the team with a 3.02 ERA, and he has struck out 102 batters compared to 26 walks all season. After Loeschorn, the Sharks bring some solid bullpen arms to the table, including senior Nick Torres, who has 51 2/3 innings of a 3.14 ERA under his belt in 2022.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (40-17-1, 15-14-1 ACC)

This Season:

Bringing the strongest offense in the field to The “Bob,” the Demon Deacons are an extremely formidable team. Despite not winning the ACC Tournament, Wake Forest’s seventh 40-win season in program history was enough to get them into the College Park Regional as the No. 2-seeded team.

Wake Forest’s biggest strength is its offense, which boasts seven lineup regulars with batting averages over .300. The Demon Deacons also led the way with 115 home runs in the ACC, beating out other extraordinary offenses such as Virginia Tech (110) and Georgia Tech (110). Even when they don’t win using the long ball, their conference-leading .428 team on-base percentage shows how they can easily find multiple ways to out-perform some of the country’s best offenses.

Hitters to Watch:

It’s hard to point out just a couple of Wake Forest’s best hitters when the lowest OPS in the lineup is .771. Simply enough, their whole lineup will be riddled with gritty, powerful bats. If there had to be a couple to highlight, Nick Kurtz and Brendan Tinsman will likely appear plenty in the scoring summary. The freshman Kurtz leads his team in OPS at 1.163, and the redshirt junior Tinsman — who follows Kurtz up in the lineup in the cleanup spot — leads the Deacons with 23 home runs which is tied for fifth in the country.

Pitchers to Watch:

In contrast to its offense, good pitching at Wake Forest is few and far between. In the weekend rotation, the one standout is sophomore ace Rhett Lowder. Lowder has led the Deacons’ starters with a 2.61 ERA — a wide margin over his peers. In the pen, Wake Forest has a few solid options to hand the ball to in the late innings. Three of the bullpen arms have ERA’s below 3.50, including Camden Minacci, who owns a 1.85 ERA and has six saves on the year.

Connecticut Huskies (46-13, 16-5 Big East)

The No. 3 seed Connecticut Huskies are practically complete opposites of the Wake Forest team they face Friday afternoon — stacked on the pitching end, but middle of the pack at the plate. That pitching, which led the Big East in ERA and opposing batting average, carried the Huskies to the second-winningest season in program history — just shy of the 2010 season’s 48 wins.

Out of the 17 pitchers on Connecticut’s roster, 12 of them own ERA’s below 3.50, including all three pitchers in the weekend rotation. While the offense leaves more to be desired, the pitching could easily shut down any offense. In the regular season, it certainly helped propel the Huskies to an 8-1 record against the top three offenses in the Big East (Xavier, Creighton, Butler).

Hitters to Watch:

Sophomore Korey Morton might have less than 100 at-bats with the Huskies this season and was mostly used as a pinch-runner in the early part of the season, but his .442 batting average and .726 slugging percentage in that sample size should be pretty daunting to opposing pitchers. Along with Morton, senior Erik Stock brings just as much power with his bat, but over a sample size of 240 at-bats. That power has translated to a .375/.443/.600 slash line and the best OPS on the team out of qualified batters. Ben Huber and Casey Dana round out the middle of the order that packs an extreme punch — both of those hitters owning OPS’s over .900.

Pitchers to Watch:

There are so many pitchers to choose from on the Huskies’ staff as almost three quarters of their pitchers can provide quality innings. With that being said, their starters this season — Enzo Stefanoni, Pat Gallagher and Austin Peterson — have ERA’s of 3.01, 3.21 and 3.22, respectively. Most notably, Peterson has struck out 129 batters this season compared to walking just 17. Beyond the starters, the bullpen trio of Jack Sullivan, Brendan O’Donnell and Garrett Coe could easily shut down lineups late in games with the three combining for a 1.89 ERA over 66 2/3 innings. In a regional filled with potent bats, Connecticut’s pitching could prove to be a real difference maker.

Maryland crushed in slugfest against Michigan, will face Indiana in elimination game

In a much higher-scoring affair than Thursday night’s nail biter against Indiana, Maryland’s pitching struggled, and the Terps fell on the losing side of Friday night’s (and early Saturday morning’s) contest with Michigan. A mix of messy defense and a persistent Michigan lineup got to Maryland starter Ryan Ramsey early and often, leading to the Terps’ eventual 15-8 loss.

Highlighted by Michigan sluggers Matt Frey and Riley Bertram, the Wolverines took advantage of poor defense and four walks from Ramsey to explode for nine runs between the third and fourth frames. Frey and Bertram combined to drive in seven of those runs on seven total hits.

While the two Wolverine bats provided most of the ammo, Ramsey’s final line shows how close the game really was when it came down to defense. The southpaw pitched 3 1/3 innings, but of the 10 runs Michigan scored with him on the mound, just six of them were earned.

The crucial play of the night came with two outs in the third inning, as Nick Lorusso threw away what would’ve been the final out on a Tito Flores grounder. The throwing error ultimately allowed three of Michigan’s runs to score — a key difference-maker to the game’s outcome.

Graduate student Nick Robinson entered the fourth following Ramsey’s exit to extinguish the Wolverines’ offense, but the damage had been done. Robinson pitched a season-high 2 2/3 innings with the only damage against him being a Flores solo home run and an inherited run in the seventh .

Outside of the Flores home run, Robinson held the Wolverines at bay long enough for the Terps to form a rally throughout the middle innings. After a scoreless first inning, the Terps were scoring at least once in five of the next six innings.

The bulk of that scoring was courtesy of Troy Schreffler, who continues to be one of the most potent bats in the Terps’ lineup. The junior blasted a solo home run in the third and picked up two more RBI on a double in the fifth.

Luke Shliger and Bobby Zmarzlak both drove in a pair of runs, and Kevin Keister crushed his own solo home run, but the Maryland bats just couldn’t keep up with Michigan’s.

The game was all but put to rest after stretch time, as Michigan bombarded redshirt junior Will Glock for three runs before he could escape the inning. With another five-run inning under its belt, Michigan had all the insurance it needed, cruising into the final two innings with a seemingly insurmountable seven-run lead.

The Terps didn’t have the energy in the late innings to match Michigan, and they ultimately went down quietly as the Wolverines move on to face the winner of Penn State/Iowa Saturday evening.

Now in a deep hole, the Terps will need to beat Indiana Saturday afternoon in a rematch of Thursday’s game in order to avoid elimination. That game is scheduled for roughly 40 minutes following the Penn State-Iowa game at 9:00 a.m EST.

Big Ten Tournament Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

It’s finally tournament time.

For the first time since 2019, No. 10 Maryland is playing in the Big Ten Tournament in Omaha, Nebraska.

After the best season in program history — a record 44 wins and the Terps’ first conference title in 51 years — Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in the tournament and will face the No. 8-seeded Indiana Hoosiers in game one Thursday morning.

Indiana is one of the few conference opponents the Terps hadn’t faced in the regular season, with Michigan State, Nebraska, and Iowa being the others. The Hoosiers bring new faces into the fray, but as the final team to make the cut in the conference tournament, they also bring a glaring weakness: the worst ERA in the Big Ten. Less than a week ago, the Indiana pitching staff gave up 30 runs in a loss to Iowa — the most runs scored in a single game in Hawkeyes history.

Coming off five-straight games of putting up double-digits in the run column, the Terps’ bats couldn’t be hotter as they look to take advantage of the struggling Hoosier pitching.

Indiana Hoosiers (25-30, 10-14 Big Ten)

Last Season:

The Hoosiers’ ended 2021’s Big Ten-only season with a 26-18 record, which had them tied for fourth in the conference standings as their dominant pitching led the way. It wasn’t enough to get them into the NCAA Tournament, but in a season that had the top five teams in the Big Ten beating up the rest, Indiana was in that top tier. The final series of last season came against the Terps, where the Hoosiers dropped two very important games that could have made the difference between fourth and second place.

This Season:

Indiana’s biggest strength in 2021 turned into its greatest weakness in 2022. With its top two starters — McCade Brown and Gabe Bierman — getting selected in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Hoosier weekend rotation took a major blow, losing two arms that put up sub-3.50 ERA’s. Overall, the staff went from a collective 3.18 ERA to a 7.16 ERA between the two seasons, and has been the biggest reason for the team’s 25-30 record.

Hitters to Watch:

The Hoosiers’ lineup includes a handful of potent bats, as five of the nine regulars own an OPS over .900. The strongest of those bats is freshman Carter Mathison, who slashed .275/.402/.601 in 193 at-bats. While the Hoosiers as a team didn’t hit the long ball that frequently, Mathison (17) and team-leader redshirt junior Matthew Ellis (18) carried the freight, contributing to almost a half of the team’s 71 home runs. There aren’t many easy outs in the Indiana lineup, but watch for Mathison and Ellis to be potential difference-makers.

Pitchers to Watch:

With just one pitcher owning an ERA below 5.00, there’s just about nothing overly positive about the Indiana pitching staff. That one pitcher who sticks out is redshirt junior Ty Bothwell, who has a 4.03 ERA in 17 relief appearances and one start. If the Hoosiers manage to get themselves a lead in the later innings, Bothwell is likely the man they’ll send out to maintain it.

Probable Pitching Matchup:

With Ryan Ramsey (10-0, 2.98 ERA) and Jason Savacool (8-2, 2.71 ERA) earning First Team All-Big Ten Honors Tuesday, it’s hard for Head Coach Rob Vaughn to go wrong with who he gives the ball Wednesday night. Ramsey’s last start came on May 14, so with the extra rest it’s likely he could start against the Hoosiers.

Redshirt junior Jake Perkins’ 5.17 ERA is the lowest out of any Hoosier starter this season, and Indiana’s options don’t get much better from there. With Perkins likely to be the man on the mound tomorrow night — less than a week after being tagged for nine earned runs against Iowa — Charles Schwab Field should be ready for some fireworks.




No. 14 Maryland won its first Big Ten Championship in baseball on Friday evening as the Terps beat Purdue, 18-7, at Alexander Field. The Terps won the outright Big Ten title and will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. The Terps stand at 18-5 in the conference and add to its best record in program history, moving to 44-10.

The Terps last won a conference championship in 1971 when the Terps won the ACC. Overall, this is the fifth conference title for the Terps, as they also won the ACC in 1965 and 1970 and the Southern Conference in 1936. Maryland’s last outright conference title in baseball was in 1965.

Matt Shaw smashed his 20th of the season to put the Terps up for good in the sixth inning, making it 7-5 at the time. Shaw went 4-for-5 with two homers, four runs scored and five RBIs and now has 63 RBIs this season to go along with his 21 home runs, second in the Big Ten . 

Chris Alleyne went 2-for-4 with two homers and five RBIs as he leads the Big Ten in homers with 22 and RBIs with 73.

Freshman Ian Petrutz went 3-for-5 with a home run — for the fourth game in a row — and three RBIs. Troy Schreffler Jr., and Kevin Keister also drove in runs. Luke Shliger also hit a home run to give the Terps six homers in the game — the third time this season they blasted six long balls. 

On the mound, Nick Dean earned the win to move to 6-2 throwing the first five innings. Nigel Belgrave pitched two innings in relief. David Falco Jr., finished off the eighth and ninth, including recording the final out to clinch the championship with a strikeout.

Breaking Down The Action 
• The Terps jumped out to 1-0 lead as Alleyne crushed his fourth homer in as many games to right field. 
• The Boilermakers grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second inning as Cam Thompson and Evan Albrecht drove in runs. 
• Alleyne walked with the bases loaded to bring in Maxwell Costes in the top of the fourth to tie the game at 2-2. 
• The Terps took a 3-2 lead on Schreffler Jr.’s bloop single which scored Matt Shaw who singled to right and raced all the way to third on a fielding error. Another Maryland run came home on an Ian Petrutz single to center, which was misplayed by the Purdue centerfielder, which allowed Schreffler to come around to score, making it 4-2. After a pitching change, Keister’s drive to right field brought home Petrutz for a three-run edge, 5-2. 
• Purdue evened the game at 5-5 on a two-run homer by Paul Toetz in the bottom of the fifth inning. 
• Shaw’s two-run homer to center regained the lead for Maryland at 7-5 as he brought in Nick Lorusso, who singled in front of him. 
• Alleyne blasted his second homer of the game, a three-run shot, to make it 10-5 in the seventh. Shaw’s double to center scored Lorusso, for an 11-5 lead. A wild pitch allowed Shaw to score for a 12-5 advantage. 
• Shliger his a solo home run, Shaw added a two-run blast, and Petrutz knocked a three-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to drive in six extra insurance runs for the Terps.



WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Chris Alleyne’s big day led No. 14 Maryland to its school-record breaking 43rd win of the season as the first-place Terps (17-5 Big Ten) continued their late-season charge to a potential first-ever Big Ten Championship with a 14-7victory at Purdue on Thursday night. The Terps improved to 43-10 with two regular-season games remaining at Purdue. The 43 wins break the school record set in 2015, when Maryland went 42-24 in advancing to the NCAA Super Regional. The Terps are No. 9 in the latest RPI.

Alleyne became the first Maryland player and first in the NCAA since 2018 to be a 20/20 man, recording 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Alleyne blasted his Big Ten-leading 20th round-tripper, a three-run homer in the second inning to put the Terps ahead 5-0 on the way to the victory. He also tied his career-high with three stolen bases in the game and now has 23 this season. Alleyne went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. 

Starting pitcher Jason Savacool (8-2) was strong on the mound as he threw seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He struck out seven batters. Will Glock finished off the game throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings. 

Bobby Zmarzlak went 3-for-5 with two home runs, a career-high four runs scored and three RBIs. Matt Shaw went 2-for-5 with an RBI. Freshman Ian Petrutz homered for the third game in a row, as he lined a two-run shot to right, going 1-for-4with two RBIs. Troy Schreffler Jr. went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Nick Lorusso also drove in two runs.  

The Terps now have a chance to clinch at least a tie for the Big Ten Championship as soon as Friday should Rutgers (16-5 Big Ten) lose on Thursday night and the Terps win in Friday’s game that starts at 5 p.m., on Big Ten Network. 

Breaking Down The Action
• The Terps took a 1-0 lead as Lorusso’s sacrifice fly brought home Alleyne, who doubled, in the top of the first inning. 
• Luke Shliger doubled home Zmarzlak to make it 2-0 in the second inning. Then Alleyne crushed a three-run home to leftfield to push the lead to 5-0. 
• Zmarzlak blasted a two-run homer to center scoring Maxwell Costes making it 7-0 in the third inning. 
• Shaw singled through the left side scoring Alleyne for his third run scored in the game, making it 8-0. Schreffler Jr.’s liner off the rightfield wall drove in Lorusso to push the lead to 9-0. Costes brought home Shaw on a sacrifice fly for a 10-0 lead. 
• Petrutz hit a homer for the third game in a row with a two-run shot in the fifth for a 12-0 lead. Lorusso’s groundout scored Shliger, making it 13-0. 
• Purdue got on the board with a run in the fifth inning. 
• The Boilermakers scored three runs in the seventh inning to draw within 13-4. 
• Purdue’s Ryan Howe hit a three-run home run to make the score 13-7, Purdue. 
• Zmarzlak hit his second homer in the top of the ninth, to double up Purdue, 14-7. 



PISCATAWAY, NJ — While No. 17 Maryland baseball held a lead over Rutgers for most of Monday afternoon’s rubber game, the Scarlet Knights continued to keep the score close. Until the Big Ten’s home runs leader extended his total in a big way.

Chris Alleyne smacked a three-run bomb to right field in the top of the ninth inning. The Dirty Terps finally broke the game open with Alleyne’s 17th big fly of the season, securing a 9-4 victory — and a crucial series win.

Maryland improves to 38-10 and 13-5 in the Big Ten, while Rutgers drops to 37-12 and 16-5 in the conference. While the Terps and Scarlet Knights have the same number of losses in the conference now, Maryland has six Big Ten games left and Rutgers has three. The two are ahead of Iowa and Illinois for the top two spots in the conference standings.

Nick Dean started on the mound for the Terrapins. The junior right-hander racked up nine strikeouts over six innings of work, surrendering a pair of runs on three hits. Sean Heine and David Falco Jr. held down the final three innings.

The Terps took the lead early on four solo home runs across the second, third and fourth innings, off the bats of Bobby ZmarzlakKevin KeisterMatt Shaw and Maxwell Costes. It was the second straight game in which Keister (2-for-2, two RBIs, two runs and a walk) went yard.

Breaking Down The Action

  • Maryland got its offense started with a solo blast by Zmarzlak in the second inning.
  • Rutgers answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot of its own off the bat of Chris Brito.
  • Keister homered in the third, giving the Terps a 2-1 lead.
  • Shaw and Costes both ripped solo homers in the fourth.
  • Alleyne hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Keister and give Maryland a 5-1 advantage.
  • Rutgers’ Josh Kuroda-Grauer hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth to trim its deficit to 5-2.
  • Keister scored Costes on an RBI single in the sixth.
  • The Scarlet Knights got a couple of runs back on a two-run single in the seventh, making it a 6-4 ballgame.
  • Alleyne crushed a three-run home homer in the ninth, breaking the game open to give the Terps a 9-4 lead.

Numbers to Know

  • 4: Maryland hitters clobbered four solo homers over the first four innings to take an early lead.
  • 7: Keister hit his seventh homer of the season. The sophomore has now homered in back-to-back games.
  • 14: Costes hit his 14th home run of the season. That is the fifth-most of anyone in the Big Ten, behind Alleyne’s Big Ten-leading 17 dingers. 
  • 61: Alleyne now has 61 RBIs this season. That’s second in the Big Ten. 

Up Next

  • Maryland is back in action this weekend for another late-season Big Ten series as the Michigan Wolverines come to College Park.
  • Friday’s contest starts at 6:30 p.m. It can be seen on Big Ten Plus and heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.



COLLEGE PARK, MD — No. 17 Maryland baseball’s offense fired on all cylinders on Tuesday, seven pitchers limited Georgetown to just three hits, and the Terps rolled to a dominant 19-1 victory over their local rival.

Maryland tied the second-most runs scored it has scored in a game this season. It was the 16th time this year that the Terps scored 10 or more runs. And with its 36th win of the season, Maryland (36-9) tied its record for most regular season victories.

Kevin Keister continued his breakout season with a 4-for-5 day at the plate.

Breaking Down The Action

  • Maryland put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first inning. Luke Shliger came home on a Nick Lorusso sacrifice fly, and Troy Schreffler Jr. drove in Chris Alleyne with an RBI single.
  • Kevin Keister ripped a two-run single to left, which scored Schreffler and Maxwell Costes to give the Terps a 4-0 lead early.
  • Georgetown center-fielder Nolan Matsko worked a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to cut the deficit to 4-1.
  • Fourteen hitters came to bat in the fourth inning. Eight of them scored.
  • After Keister scored on an error, Alleyne, Lorusso and Matt Shaw recorded back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to open an 8-1 Maryland lead. Lorusso came home on a wild pitch, Keister hit an RBI single, Langerman worked a bases-loaded walk and Shliger got hit by a pitch to force in a run. The Terps held a 12-1 advantage after just four innings.
  • They added five more in the sixth, with a Lorusso RBI double and a Schreffler bases-loaded walk setting Costes up to clear the bases with a three-run double as Maryland took a 17-1 lead.
  • Maryland added a couple of solo blasts in the seventh, as James Heffley and Zach Martin went yard.

Numbers to Know

  • 1: Heffley and Martin hit their first career home runs in a Maryland uniform.
  • 1Matt Cunningham made his collegiate debut on the mound in the eighth inning, where he struck out the side. 
  • 3: It was Keister’s third four-hit game of the year, which ties his career high.
  • 3: It was also Keiser’s third game with three RBIs.
  • 16: Tuesday was the 16th time this season that the Terps scored 10 or more runs.

Midweek Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

With two midweek games remaining in the 2022 season, No. 18 Maryland will square off with a familiar foe in the Georgetown Hoyas Tuesday evening at The “Bob.” It’s the third time the Terps will play the Hoyas this season, having won their two previous meetings in early March, and they’ll be looking to take care of business again for what could be Maryland’s eighth-straight midweek victory.

The Terps enter Tuesday coming off yet another series win in Big Ten play, taking two of three from a middling Northwestern Wildcats squad. Despite the series win, which keeps the Terps undefeated in Big Ten series, Maryland still finds itself in second-place in the conference standings.

With the first-place Rutgers Scarlet Knights looming large this weekend, Tuesday’s date with Georgetown should serve as a tune-up before heading into the arguably the most important series of the season.

Georgetown Hoyas (26-18, 7-8 Big East)

Last Season:

The Hoyas were the gutter of the Big East last season, going 6-19 in the conference. Many of the heavy-hitters on today’s squad hadn’t reached that level in 2021, and the Georgetown pitching weighed the team down with a collective 5.83 ERA.

This Season:

The Hoyas at this point have gone eight games over .500 overall, but are struggling to stay above that mark when it comes to their 7-8 conference record. There are really just two main contenders in the Big East this season (Connecticut, Creighton), which has left the Hoyas in the middle of the pack. Their hitting is what has separated them from the bottom-tier Big East teams, but the pitching — especially the starting pitching — has kept them from making a serious push at the top-tier teams.

Hitters to Watch:

Jake Hyde has stood out the most for the Hoyas lineup this season, and he’ll certainly be the top priority for Maryland’s scouting after his three-hit performance in an earlier matchup this season. One of those hits was a home run against midweek starter Logan Ott, and Hyde leads his team with 17 of those. Right behind him in long balls is Ubaldo Lopez with 16. Together, Hyde’s 1.157 OPS and Lopez’s 1.062 OPS continue to pose a threat to Maryland pitching.

Pitchers to Watch:

Georgetown’s pitching strength comes directly out of the bullpen as four Hoyas relievers have posted ERA’s below 3.50. With probable starter Andrew Williams tending to go just an inning deep like he has in recent starts, it may be a relay race to the finish out of Georgetown’s bullpen. Most notably, Anthony Redferd owns a 2.50 ERA in 15 appearances and has notched two saves.

Probable Pitching Matchup

The Terps have won six-straight Logan Ott starts, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason for them to divert from him as the midweek guy to round out the season. Although his last start against the Hoyas wasn’t very strong (5 ER, 2 IP), the Terps offense rallied to claim a 10-9 victory.

Judging by that last Ott matchup against Georgetown, the Hoyas are likely to send freshman Andrew Williams to the mound again. Most of Williams’ last several starts haven’t gone beyond an inning, and his season ERA sits at 5.54. The freshman is capable of a quality outing, having pitched eight strikeouts in five innings against UMass (March 4) and seven strikeouts in seven innings against Mount St. Mary’s (March 18).



COLLEGE PARK, MD — After Jason Savacool threw seven scoreless innings, No. 23 Maryland allowed five runs in the eighth inning as Northwestern beat the Terps, 7-4. The Terps are now 34-9 and 10-4 in the Big Ten. On Maryland Day Saturday, a crowd of 2,576 came out to Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith Stadium, the largest in the last 30 years. This was just Maryland’s second loss at home this season, as the Terps are now 18-2 in College Park. 

Savacool continued his stellar pitching as he threw those seven innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out nine.  

Nick Lorusso drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs with a home run. Matt Shawalso hit a home run, coming back-to-back with Lorusso’s blast in the eighth.  Luke Shliger hit a solo homer to center field in the ninth. 

Northwestern moved to 20-18 and 7-7 in the Big Ten. 

Breaking Down The Action
• Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Lorusso’s rip down the line to scored Alleyne. 
• The teams traded six scoreless innings through the seventh.
• Northwestern tied the game on a line sacrifice fly to left by Jay Beshears to score Tony Livemore.  Then the Wildcats scored four more runs to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth. 
• Lorusso clubbed his ninth home run of the season — a blast off The Shell —  to cut the defcit to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth. The next batter, Shaw smashed a solo homer to nearly the same place in leftfield. 
• Anthony Calarco added a run with a homer to left in the top of the ninth to make it 6-3. Northwestern tacked on another score to make it 7-3. 
• Shliger hit the Terps’ third homer in two innings, leading of the bottom of the ninth to make it 7-4.