Six Home Runs Lead Maryland Past Michigan on Senior Day

The stage was set for No. 17 Maryland on Sunday: celebrating senior day on a beautiful afternoon for baseball, the Terps came in with a chance to sweep Michigan and gain more ground in a crowded top of the Big 10 standings.

The Terps took full advantage, defeating the Wolverines 15-10.

It was all Michigan to start, scoring quickly in the first and taking a 3-0 lead halfway through the fifth inning. The Terps had plenty of early chances to score, but couldn’t take advantage, going 0-5 with runners in scoring position in the first four innings.

After looking lethargic early on, the Terps lineup finally came alive in the fifth with four home runs.

Nick Lorusso got it started with a two-run shot, immediately followed by Matt Shaw’s fifth home run of the weekend. Three batters later, Ian Petrutz launched a three-run home run over the right field wall, giving Maryland its first lead of the game.

“I went up in the count early and I knew he was going to throw a lot of changeups,” Petrutz said. “3-1 I was just banking on a fastball. He threw a fastball belt high that I could drive and I drove it.”

Number four came off the bat of Chris Alleyne, just barely pushing one over the fence to bring two more runs across. After trailing the entire game, Maryland was now fully in control.

“Bubba’s our captain. He’s tough as nails,” Head Coach Rob Vaughn said of the fifth-year senior. “There’s not enough adjectives I could use to describe his importance to this program.”

A Luke Shliger three-run shot in the sixth and another Shaw home run in the seventh made the Maryland lead ten and put the game fully out of reach.

With his two home runs today, Matt Shaw finished off a historic weekend, hitting six home runs and driving in twelve runs across three games. He also now finds himself ahead of Chris Alleyne for the conference lead in longballs with nineteen on the season.

“You’ll get a few days where you see the ball well,” Shaw said. “I’m hoping to stay consistent with this through the end of the season.”

It was a mixed bag start of sorts for Nick Dean today, giving up four runs on eight hits in five and 2/3 innings of work.

There were points where the Maryland starter looked as dominant as he did at the start of the season, striking out six Wolverines, but he also showed the same signs of struggle from late March and April, allowing eleven batters to reach base.

After a Michigan rally in the ninth that brought home four runs, Lorusso came on and got the final out, securing another conference win and a sweep over the Wolverines.

The win today capped off a senior day celebration that saw recognition for Maryland’s six graduating seniors.

“This group, they’ve turned in the best year in school history up to this point in the regular season,” Vaughn said. “When you get that, you have to have special people.”

With the win, Maryland improves to 41-10 and 16-5 in the Big 10, now tied atop the conference standings with Rutgers as the schedule enters its final week. Michigan falls to 10-11 in conference play, still having work to do next weekend to secure a spot in the Big 10 tournament.

The Terps will look to extend their winning streak to five games on Tuesday against James Madison in the team’s final regular season home game of the year. The starting pitching matchup is still to be determined.

Maryland Splits Double-Header with Rutgers, Keeping Position in the Big 10

After two consecutive days of rainouts, Maryland and Rutgers finally took the field for a weekend series with huge conference implications, splitting Sunday’s double-header and setting up a big rubber match.

Game one was all Maryland, dominating the Scarlet Knights by a score of 16-8.

Multiple Terps had fantastic days in the batter’s box, with almost everyone in the lineup producing in some kind of way.

Five runs in the first two innings knocked out Rutgers starter Jared Kollar and set the stage for a long day for the Scarlet Knights’ pitching staff.

Chris Alleyne hit a pair of two-run home runs into the outfield trees, now at 16 on the season and reclaiming his lead in the Big 10. Matt Shaw, Troy Schreffler Jr. and Ian Petrutz all joined the long ball party, accounting for five of Maryland’s runs with their home runs.

Coming off a perfect game in his last outing, Ryan Ramsey did not look like he had lost any focus, giving the Terps six quality innings and allowing two runs. His only blemish of the game came from a Chris Brito two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Though he only struck out one, the Maryland ace was sharp early, getting ahead of batters quickly and inducing weak contact. With a winning decision today, Ramsey improves to a Big 10 and national best record of 9-0.

A couple Rutgers rallies off Logan Ott in the last two innings brought the Scarlet Knights to within eight, but the Terps would close the door and secure a game one victory and a regular season record 37th win.

Game two was almost a complete mirror opposite of game one, Rutgers winning by a score of 18-7.

It seemed as though the Scarlet Knights had fed off the momentum gained in the late-inning rallies of the first game, barraging the Maryland pitching staff with timely hitting and home runs early on.

The top three of the Rutgers lineup was especially potent in the second game, going eleven for fifteen and driving in nine of the Scarlet Knights’ eighteen runs. Ryan Lasko himself went six for six with two home runs, continuing an amazing week and a half of baseball for the national player of the week.

It was a concerning site entering the second inning as Jason Savacool was replaced by Noah Mrotek after just 33 pitches. He had looked a bit uncomfortable planting his foot on the mound but was allowed to stay in by Rob Vaughn in the first. He finished the day giving up three runs after just an inning of work.

From that point it was a bullpen game for the Terps, seven relievers seeing action after Savacool’s exit. Andrew Johnson seemed to be the only one with an answer for the Rutgers lineup, not allowing a hit in an inning and a third of work.

Most of Maryland’s production at the plate in game two came off the bat of Kevin Keister who hit a grand slam in the second inning, his sixth home run of the season. After early season struggles, he has continued to prove he belongs in this Maryland starting lineup.

After a bit of a comeback effort including RBIs from Shaw and Maxwell Costes, Rutgers quickly responded with four more runs of their own. A scoreless eighth and ninth sealed Maryland’s fate with an eleven-run loss in game two.

With the series split today Maryland exits the field at 37-10, Rutgers at 37-11. The Scarlet Knights hold on to their two and a half game lead in the Big 10 over the Terps as the end of the regular season draws closer.

Maryland and Rutgers will wrap up this three-game series tomorrow afternoon. Nick Dean will get the start for the Terps, looking to build on a solid start last Sunday against Northwestern. Rutgers has not yet announced a starter for tomorrow’s game.

Series Preview: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

First place in the Big 10 is on the line this weekend as No. 18 Maryland travels to Piscataway, New Jersey for a three-game series against the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. This Rutgers team will pose the most difficult challenge yet in conference play for the Terps, both teams entering action with 36 wins on the season. If Maryland can pick up a sweep this weekend, they’ll find themselves leaders of the Big 10 with six games to go.

It was another successful week for the Terps, winning a weekend series over Northwestern that saw three fantastic starting pitching performances including Ryan Ramsey’s perfect game on Friday night. Tuesday’s showdown with Georgetown saw another dominating performance by this Maryland lineup, lighting up the Hoyas pitching staff for 19 runs.

Chris Alleyne and Maxwell Costes continue to provide the power to this lineup, each hitting a home run over the weekend against Northwestern. The pair of sluggers currently sit at one and two in the Big 10 for homers, Alleyne on top with fourteen and Costes right behind him with thirteen.

Kevin Keister had a huge game on Tuesday, going four of five and driving in three runs against Georgetown. After a really difficult start to the season that saw him platooning with Drew Grace and Jacob Orr, Keister is now batting .328 and has firmly secured his spot as the starting second baseman.

Freshman pitcher Matt Cunningham made a great first impression on Tuesday, striking out the side in order in his first outing as a Terp.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (36-10, 15-3 Big Ten)

Last Season

2021 saw a middle-of-the-road year for Rutgers in a season of conference-only games, going 21-23 and finishing eighth in the Big 10. Hitting was a struggle for this team a year ago, having a conference third worst .257 batting average. Pitching was a bit better but still toward the middle of the league, finishing seventh in the Big 10 with a 5.00 ERA. By the end of the season, 21 wins were not enough to earn the Scarlet Knights a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

This Season

There were not too many people outside the Rutgers dugout who would have told you back in February that this team would be in first place in the Big 10 with three weeks to go in the regular season, not even projected to finish in the top six based on the preseason coaches poll. Yet after the first week of May, that’s exactly where they find themselves. At 15-3, the Scarlet Knights enter the weekend two and a half games ahead of second place Maryland, meaning only a Terps sweep will be able to dethrone them. Timely hitting and dominance on the mound have been key for Steve Owens’ team. At the plate, the Scarlet Knights lead the Big 10 in batting average, hits and runs scored. At 3.52, Rutgers also boasts the second-best team ERA in the conference.

Hitters to Watch

You would be hard-pressed to find a hitter in this Rutgers lineup who is not having a fantastic year. Currently, there are seven players, all consistent starters, who are batting over .300 on the season.

The best among them has without a doubt been redshirt junior Nick Cimillo. His name appears all over the Big 10 leaderboards, sitting in the top five for batting average, slugging percentage, OBP, OPS and runs scored.

Sophomore Ryan Lasko was awarded national player of the week by D1 Baseball for his performance last week where he went a combined 14 of 21 against Hofstra and Ohio State, hitting five home runs and driving in fourteen. He has also won Big 10 Player of the Week twice this year, consistently providing a spark for this Rutgers lineup no matter who the opposing pitcher may be.

Pitchers to Watch

Redshirt junior Dale Stanavich has been almost unhittable out of the bullpen this year for Rutgers. In 18 appearances, the Scarlet Knights closer has allowed just three earned runs across 23 1/3 innings. He will be a lethal weapon against the Maryland lineup late in games this weekend.

Redshirt sophomore Sam Bello has been a great bullpen piece this year for Rutgers as well. Aside from one tough four-run outing against Coastal Carolina, the reliever has not allowed more than two runs in any appearances and enters the weekend with 2.10 ERA. His best outing of the season came back in February where he provided 4 1/3 shutout innings out of the bullpen in a win over Houston Baptist.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups

Saturday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (8-0, 2.42 ERA) vs. 5th Year Sr. RHP Jared Kollar (7-1, 2.76 ERA)

There really isn’t much more to say about Ryan Ramsey’s performance last Friday night that hasn’t already been said. He completely outmatched Northwestern’s lineup on the way to throwing just the 34th perfect game in the history of college baseball. It was an utter display of dominance that truly encapsulated how good he has been this season. Entering the weekend, the Maryland lefty finds himself fourth in the conference in ERA, second in opposing batting average, first in wins and seventh in strikeouts.

Jared Kollar will get the start opposite Ramsey on Saturday. A graduate transfer from Seton Hill University, he has provided a great lift to this pitching staff, posting a 2.73 ERA and 1.02 WHIP to this point. His best start of the season came back in March against Omaha where he went 7 1/3 shutout innings, only allowing two total hits.

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (7-2, 2.39 ERA) vs. 5th Year Sr. Nathan Florence (5-2, 2.94 ERA)

Jason Savacool will get the ball in game two of the series, coming off yet another fantastic performance. With so much to live up to following Ramsey’s perfect game, the sophomore went seven shutout innings, only allowing three hits and lowering his season ERA to 2.39, good for second best in the Big 10. With nine punchouts in the performance as well, he continued on his path to striking out the most batters in the conference, now 15 K’s ahead of second place in that category. A late-inning comeback by Northwestern prevented Savacool from getting the win, but he’ll enter the weekend with lots of momentum on his side.

Another graduate transfer for Rutgers, Nathan Florence has been a welcome addition to this pitching staff alongside Kollar. He hasn’t necessarily been an innings eater for the Scarlet Knights, only pitching up to six innings in one start, but he has very effective nonetheless. His best outing by far came against Nebraska on April 9, where he went five innings, only allowing two total baserunners and striking out seven.

Monday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (3-2, 4.12 ERA) vs. So. LHP Justin Sinibaldi (2-0, 5.81 ERA)

Moving to the Sunday spot seemed to have worked for Nick Dean as we saw a version of him closer to what he looked like back in February and early March. Over five innings he did not allow a run to Northwestern and only gave up one hit. There still seemed to be some issues with his command though as he allowed four walks, but the outing as a whole was still very encouraging as the end of the regular season draws closer.

It’s been tough going for Sinibaldi since he assumed the Sunday starter role at the beginning of April, only going more than three innings once in his past four starts. In his last start against Ohio State he only lasted 2/3 of an inning, allowing four runs, three hits and three walks to the Buckeyes lineup. He was also brought out of the bullpen on Tuesday to face two batters in a loss to Seton Hall, so it will be interesting to see how long he is allowed to go on Monday given the abnormal week he has had.

Maryland Sweeps a Wild Double Header Over Illinois, Improving its Big 10 Positioning

With the Sunday forecast in Champaign Illinois looking bleak, Maryland was suddenly in a position to play in a double header on Saturday against an Illinois team that had just beaten them 19-1 the night before.

That did not seem to phase this Terps squad, taking both games and winning the overall weekend series against the Illini.

Game one was a nail-biter that went back and forth the whole way, Maryland coming out on top by a score of 13-9 in ten innings.

The matinee featured late-game heroics from Luke Shliger. Having already hit a home run in the first inning, the Terps catcher came through again, blasting a go-ahead two-run double that gave Maryland the lead in the extra frame.

Home runs were the main source of offense for the Terps, starting with Shliger’s shot in the first at-bat of the game. Troy Schreffler, Bobby Zmarzlak, Kevin Keister and Chris Alleyne each had home runs as well, giving Maryland five total in.

This was a game of comebacks, the biggest one coming in the bottom of the ninth. Down three runs and only one out to work with, the Illini scored three runs off of David Falco, sending the game into extra innings. Even in the bottom of the tenth, Illinois loaded the bases before a double play finally closed the book on an extremely hot Illini lineup.

Ian Petrutz was very impressive in the designated hitter role in game one, reaching base in all five plate appearances and delivering an RBI base hit in the fourth inning. He tallied two RBIs across the double header today.

Justin Janas continued to tear apart Maryland pitching, hitting a three-run game-tying home run in the seventh inning off of Sean Heine. He finished the game with four runs batted in.

Ryan Ramsey was touched up a few times early on by the Illini lineup, allowing three runs in the first three innings. For the rest of his outing though, the lefty was almost untouchable, only allowing two Illinois hitters to reach base over the next three frames.

The final line for Ramsey today: three earned runs and seven hits in six innings of work. He finishes the day with a no-decision, remaining 7-0 on the season.

Game two picked up right where game one left off, both teams exchanging blows early. Maryland eventually took control, winning 7-4 and sweeping the doubleheader.

Illinois got off to a hot start, scoring three quick runs off of starter Jason Savacool in the first inning.

Maryland quickly responded with a Maxwell Costes home run, his twelfth of the season. After three more runs in the third, the Terps had their first lead of the game.

As was routine today, Illinois immediately retaliated, tying the game on a solo home run from Jacob Campbell… which was responded to in kind by a Matt Shaw RBI that put Maryland back on top.

Savacool has his share of troubles early on, getting into dicey situations and allowing four runs in the first three innings.

The sophomore looked much more settled in as the game went on though. Even after loading the bases with no outs in the fifth, he immediately got a strikeout and induced a double play to prevent any damage. He was visibly fired up walking off the mound after getting a strikeout in his final inning of work.

Savacool’s final line on the night: four earned runs, ten hits and nine strikeouts across eight innings. He earns the win tonight, improving his record to 7-2 on the season and tying him with Ryan Ramsey for the Big 10 lead in wins.

After a few more insurance runs of the bats of Petrutz and Schreffler, Nigel Belgrave picked up the save after throwing a perfect ninth inning and secured the series win for the Terps.

With the double header sweep today Maryland improves to 32-8 and 9-3 in the Big 10. Meanwhile Illinois falls to 20-17 and 11-4 in conference play. The Terps now sit just half a game back of the Illini in the conference standings as the postseason picture starts to clear up.

Maryland will head back to College Park for a five-game homestand starting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. against Navy. Pitchers for the game are still to be determined.

Terps Lineup Stifled in Blowout Loss to Illinois

No. 24 Maryland had zero answers on the mound or at the plate for the Illinois Fighting Illini on Friday night, losing 19-1 in the first game of this weekend series.

It was a dominant outing for Illinois starter Cole Kirschieper, only allowing one run on two hits and striking out eight Maryland hitters in six quality innings of work.

Illinois started the scoring in the third off an RBI single from Janas and a three-run home run from Kellen Sarver. After a fielder’s choice and throwing error plated two more in the fifth, the Terps found themselves down five runs early.

The middle of the Illini lineup blew the game wide open with a five-run sixth and four late-inning home runs.

It was a tough outing for Nick Dean tonight, allowing six earned runs to cross the plate in four innings of work. The Terps starter was able to get out of a few jams, stranding the bases loaded in the first, but a four-run third and two more in the fifth were enough to tab him with the loss.

The Maryland bullpen did not fare much better tonight, allowing thirteen more runs over the final five innings of the game.

Troy Schreffler Jr. was the only Terp able to produce a run tonight, picking up a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.

A three up, three down ninth inning closed the book for Maryland on a night that Coach Rob Vaughn and his team will want to forget sooner rather than later.

With the loss, Maryland falls to 30-8 overall and 7-3 in the Big 10. Illinois improves to 11-2 in conference play and jumps to two and a half games ahead of the Terps in the Big 10 standings.

Maryland and Illinois will be back in action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. ET and 8:00 p.m. ET for a day-night doubleheader. Ryan Ramsey will take the mound for Maryland in game one and Jason Savacool will get the nod for game two.

Series Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

No. 24 Maryland will take on the Fighting Illini in Champaign, Illinois this week, looking to further improve its conference record with about a month left to go in the regular season.

With a 7-2 record in the Big 10, the Terps are currently in third place, only trailing Rutgers and Illinois, meaning the outcome of this series could go a long way toward final seeding in the conference tournament.

Last time out on Tuesday, Maryland went the distance with Towson, defeating the Tigers, 4-3, in 10 innings. Bobby Zmarzlak continued to play the hero for the Terps, hitting a go-ahead solo home run in the extra frame. David Falco Jr. shut the door in the bottom of the inning, securing Maryland’s 30th victory of the season.

To say Zmarzlak is entering this weekend on a hot streak would be an understatement. In his last five games, the junior is batting .474 with four home runs and nine RBI. His efforts were rewarded on Tuesday when he was named Big 10 Player of the Week.

Kevin Keister has also continued to produce at the plate, driving in three runs on Sunday against Ohio State and another versus Towson on Tuesday. After a slow start to the season, Keister has upped his batting average to .316, good for fourth best on the team.

On the mound this past weekend, Jason Savacool had another solid outing, striking out seven Buckeyes and only allowing five total baserunners in seven innings. To this point, Savacool ranks first in the Big 10 in ERA (2.39), innings pitched (64) and strikeouts (76).

Illinois (19-15)

Last Season

Illinois’ 2021 season was the definition of “middle of the pack,” finishing their conference-only schedule with a 22-22 record and in seventh place in the Big 10. It was night and day when looking at batting versus pitching with this team. The Illini offense hit .278 last season, good for second best in the conference. On the mound however, the Illinois pitching staff posted a 6.44 ERA, second worst in the conference. With no Big 10 Ten tournament last year, Illinois was left without a bid for the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

This Season

The number 15 in the loss column for this team is a bit deceiving, with thirteen of Illinois’ losses coming in non-conference games. At 10-2, Illinois is currently positioned in second place in the Big 10 standings, just one and a half games ahead of the third place Terps. Despite a loss to Indiana State on Tuesday, the Illini will enter this series with just as much momentum as Maryland, winning six of their last seven games, including a sweep of Northwestern last weekend.

Hitters to Watch

Cam McDonald has undoubtedly been the leader of this Illinois lineup. His .361 batting average ranks eighth-best in the Big 10. He also leads the team in hits, home runs and RBI. McDonald by himself will make this Illinois lineup a formidable challenge for the Maryland pitching staff.

Branden Comia has also been excellent for this Illinois offense. His .328 batting average, five home runs and 32 runs driven in are all second on the team only to McDonald. Danny Doligale rounds out Illinois’ trio of hitters batting over .300 that Maryland will have to contend with this weekend.

Pitchers to Watch

Cole Kirschsieper has been fantastic as a starter for the Illini this season, posting a 2.75 ERA and getting 57 strikeouts, eighth best in the Big 10, in 52 1/3 innings. In his last start versus Northwestern, the sophomore struck out seven Wildcats in five innings and gave up only one run, leading Illinois to a win.

After a tough start to the season, Riley Gowens has shown that he deserves to be in this Illinois weekend rotation. Over his past two starts, Gowens has allowed just two runs and struck out twelve over thirteen innings in wins over Iowa and Northwestern.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups

Friday, 9:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (3-1, 3.94 ERA) vs. So. LHP Cole Kirschsieper (4-2, 2.75 ERA)

Nick Dean will take the mound for Maryland on Friday night coming off a start against Ohio State with some mixed results. Last time out he gave the Terps six innings of work, allowing four runs in the process. With an ERA currently sitting at 3.94, he will look to bounce back and prove why he is Rob Vaughn’s Friday starter.

It will be Cole Kirschsieper on the mound for Illinois opposite Dean. His 2.75 ERA ranks fourth best in the conference. He also leads this Illini pitching staff in innings as well as strikeouts. Last time out, Kirschsieper put together a solid outing in a win versus Northwestern, giving up just one run and striking out seven in five innings pitched.

Saturday, 8:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (7-0, 2.59 ERA) vs. So. RHP Jack Crowder (2-1, 6.59 ERA)

Ryan Ramsey will pitch Saturday for the Terps, coming off an uncharacteristic outing last weekend. In 4 1/3 innings against Ohio State, the Maryland southpaw gave up three runs, only striking out two Buckeyes and allowing six hits. That start still does not take away from the incredible season Ramsey is having. His seven wins are best in the Big 10. His 2.59 ERA, .186 opposing batting average and 55 2/3 innings pitched are all good for top five in the conference as well.

Jack Crowder will get the nod for Illinois on Saturday. It was a rough beginning to the season for the sophomore. After a solid first start of the season, he was only able to make it through five innings once and allowed 17 runs in his next four starts. He will have some momentum going into this weekend though as in his last outing against Northwestern he gave Illinois five quality innings, only allowing two runs and striking out eight.

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (6-2, 2.39 ERA) vs. So. RHP Riley Gowens (4-1, 3.97 ERA)

Jason Savacool will get the ball in the series finale on Sunday, and there just isn’t much left to say with regards to how fantastic his pitching has been this season. He currently leads the Big 10 in ERA, innings pitched and strikeouts. His six wins and .190 opposing batting average are also ranked top-five in the conference. His dominance over opposing lineups has solidified a Maryland weekend rotation that stacks up with the best in the country.

On the other side, Riley Gowens will get the start for the Illini. It has been an up and down season for Gowens, going back and forth between fantastic outings and starts where he can’t seem to find a rhythm. He has put together two solid starts in his past two outings, going thirteen combined innings and only allowing two runs, bringing his season ERA back down to 3.97.

Terps Offense Stays Hot, Savacool Dominates in Rout of Siena

It was another fantastic day in all facets for Maryland on Sunday, beating Siena, 19-2, and sweeping the Saints in this weekend series.

Maryland’s first run of the game came in the third inning off Chris Alleyne’s bat, legging out an infield single and allowing a run to cross the plate. That single extended Alleyne’s hitting streak to an impressive twelve games.

The Terps offense broke the game open in the fourth when Maxwell Costes launched his eighth home run of the season over the center field wall, quickly followed by a two-run shot just three batters later from Troy Schreffler. After a stand up triple from Luke Shliger and a sacrifice fly from Alleyne, it was 7-0 Maryland in the blink of an eye.

Two Terps picked up the first home runs of their college careers with Kevin Keister sending one out in the fifth inning and Sean Lane hitting a grand slam in the seventh.

“The wind was blowing in all day, so I kind of figured it wouldn’t happen today,” said Keister. “It was a good feeling and all my teammates were happy for me.”

Prior to this series, Keister had been platooning at second base with Drew Grace and Jacob Orr, something that he had taken well, per Head Coach Rob Vaughn.

“He’s been really mature and he’s worked his tail off,” said Vaughn. “I thought Kev was outstanding this weekend.”

After a series of Maryland rallies in the seventh and eighth innings, it was clear the game was out of hand with the Terps holding a 19-run lead.

The 19 runs scored by Maryland today marks the team’s largest run total this season.

Much like Ryan Ramsey yesterday, Savacool looked locked in early, striking out six Siena batters in his first three innings of work. After five innings he had already tied his career-high with ten punchouts.

The Terps starter explained that building off of the early innings was key to a solid outing.

“It gets me into a rhythm and allows me to settle into the middle innings,” said Savacool. ”I’m usually pretty good for the first two, but last year I kind of struggled in those three four innings and that’s where I added something to my outings.”

Savacool had everything working today, getting swings and misses up and down the entire Siena lineup. He finished the day with 14 strikeouts, only giving up one hit in seven stellar innings of work.

“[Jason] was about as dominant as I’ve ever seen him,” said Vaughn. “It makes it a heck of a lot easier [to win] when you run back out there and get three quick outs and then go back and do it again.”

After a small rally by the Saints in the ninth, Gavin Stellpflug closed the door as Maryland clinched the series sweep over Siena, scoring an incredible 40 runs over three games this weekend.

With the win today, Maryland improves to 16-3 on the season. After a tough loss to Delaware on Tuesday, the Terps have started a new winning streak that they’ll hope to take into this upcoming week. Siena falls to 2-14, continuing their tough stretch. The saints will have two more road games this week before coming home for the first time this season on Friday.

Maryland’s next game will come on Tuesday against UMBC. Originally scheduled to be played in Catonsville, Maryland, it will now be played in College Park — though Maryland will still be treated as the road team. Starting pitchers are still to be determined.

Maryland Sweeps Siena in Saturday Double Header

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in College Park, the Terps swept the Siena Saints in both games of a double header, getting great showings both at the plate and on the mound.

Game one was an absolute offensive clinic for the Maryland lineup, beating the Saints, 14-9.

Maryland got out to an early 2-0 lead in second off RBI doubles from Kevin Keister and Luke Shliger, but the Saints would respond almost immediately with four runs of their own in the top of third.

After Devan Kruzinski brought home two more runs for Siena in the fourth, the Terps found themselves with a four run deficit heading into the middle innings.

Maryland responded with a complete offensive barrage in the fifth inning that saw 10 Terps come to bat and seven runs cross the plate coming off RBI from six different players. The inning was capped off by a Chris Alleyne home run, his fifth of the season.

On the comback, Alleyne emphasized that staying calm and doing the little things had a big impact the team’s fifth inning success.

“We always know what our offense is capable of,” said Alleyne. “The mindset was ‘don’t panic and keep swinging the bats’ so it worked out for us.”

The Terps lineup continued to produce in the sixth with a three-run home run off the bat of Troy Schreffler Jr., his third of the season. A solo shot from Lorusso in the seventh brought Maryland’s run total for the game to 13, the most this team has scored all season.

For the first time this season Nick Dean turned in a rough outing for the Terps, only lasting four innings and giving up six runs on nine hits. Thanks to the production of the Maryland offense though, he avoids taking his first loss of the season.

Despite Dean’s struggles today, Head Coach Rob Vaughn was not too concerned.

“Nick Dean is the reason we’ve won a lot of games in the last two years,” said Vaughn. “It felt good for us offensively because [that outing] is just a blip in the radar. I expect him to have a really good bounce back start next week.”

After a small rally from Siena was thwarted in the ninth, Maryland left game one with a 14-9 win over the Saints.

Game two took a much different tone than its predecessor, showcasing the utter dominance of Ryan Ramsey on the mound as Maryland cruised to a 7-0 victory, sweeping the double header.

Picking up right where he left off on Sunday, it was apparent early on that Ramsey had brought his best stuff to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, striking four of his first seven batters faced. Routinely getting ahead of batters and staying aggressive, the Siena lineup looked like they had no clue what pitch was coming every time up.

Ramsey did not show any signs of tiring as the game went on. At the end of the sixth inning he was up to eleven strikeouts.

The Terps starter explained that success in the early innings helped feed into a better back half of his outing.

“Feeding off of the last at bats, and then just getting into a groove and getting stronger as I go definitely is a big factor towards [success],” said Ramsey.

Ramsey’s day was done after six innings, striking out eleven Saints batters and only allowing on hit. He improves to 5-0 on the year, Maryland winning every time he has taken the mound.

Vaughn attributed Ramsey’s recent success being more in season shape over the past few weeks.

“Every outing he’s just gotten better and better, and I think that’s a sign,” said Vaughn. “When Ryan’s good he’s getting a lot of swings a misses on his fastball and you’re starting to see more of that these last two weeks.”

The Maryland lineup was not as potent in game two as it was earlier in the day, but the three runs Maryland produced were more than enough to complement Ramsey’s stellar outing.

Once again the Terps got off to an early start, Alleyne scoring on a ground out from Costes in the first inning. After more runs scored off a Siena throwing error and a wild pitch, it was quickly 3-0 Maryland.

Two more runs for Maryland in the sixth inning, Alleyne’s second home run of the day in the seventh and a Bobby Zmarzlak RBI provided the rest of the Terps scoring in game two, giving them a 7-0 lead.

With two wins today the Terps move to 15-3, improving upon one of the team’s best starts in school history. Siena falls to 2-13 on the year, continuing what has been a really tough stretch to start the season for this Saints squad.

Maryland will go for the three game series sweep over Siena tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. Jason Savacool will get the start for the Terps, looking to build off his eight inning, one run performance on Monday.

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.

Maryland Sweeps Baylor Behind Home Runs From Costes, Shaw

Looking to secure a series sweep to open the 2022 season, Maryland played with purpose at the plate and on the mound, defeating Baylor, 8-3, on Sunday.

Home runs were the weapon of choice for the Terps today, getting two moonshots each from Maxwell Costes and Matt Shaw that accounted for five of Maryland’s runs.

After the game, Head Coach Rob Vaughn had nothing but praise for Shaw.

“He’s the most relentless worker and the most disciplined young player I’ve probably ever had,” said Vaughn. “He was phenomenal today, was phenomenal all weekend, and that’s going to be big for us.”

A Baylor error, Luke Shliger sacrifice-fly and Troy Schreffler RBI base hit accounted for the rest of Maryland’s scoring in the team’s second straight day with an explosion on offense.

“It’s very easy to hit when you have guys ahead of you and guys behind you like we do,” said Costes. “We have an incredibly complete lineup. I don’t there are any holes in our lineup anywhere.”

On the mound, it was Jason Savacool tabbed to contain the Baylor lineup on Sunday, and he did not disappoint. After giving up three runs in the first five innings, he dominated the Bears, facing the minimum in the sixth, seventh and eighth.

“I’ve got a couple things I definitely got to clean up before my next start,” said Savacool. “But to be able to go out there and give ourselves some length out of the start was huge.”

Savacool finished the day with six strikeouts, giving up three runs on seven hits in eight innings pitched — Maryland’s third fantastic starter performance in as many games this season.

“I think that’s kind of the story [for this weekend],” said Vaughn. “Three great starts give your offense a chance to work.”

After a one-run inning from Nick Lorusso, the Terps were on the field celebrating a season opening series sweep over Baylor.

This is Maryland’s first series sweep since May 2021 versus Purdue, and the Terps will start this new year with a 3-0 record and lots of momentum heading into the rest of the season.

Maryland’s next game will the first chance to the see the team at home as they will take UMBC at 4 P.M. on Tuesday.