Maryland’s offense continues its hot streak with a 10-7 win against Georgetown

The Terps’ bats were hot against Georgetown as they scored in each of the first five innings. The offense showed off the power and put up 10 runs including two doubles, a triple, and a home run. The plate discipline was also on display as they drew 10 walks. Maryland was able to pick up a 10-7 win in College Park on Tuesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium before heading back on the road this weekend.

Maryland struck in the first inning after an RBI triple from Matt Shaw, continuing his hot streak. Ian Petrutz was able to bring Shaw home on a single to extend the lead to 2-0.

Nate Haberthier got off to a strong start, striking out the first two batters he faced. The cracks started to show in the second for Haberthier as he allowed two hits and three walks. With the bases loaded and two outs, Keith Savoy hit a double to tie the game at 2-2.

Luke Shliger ripped an RBI double in the bottom of the second to take the lead back. Shliger got a break from his usual catching duties today but still started as designated hitter. He made a major impact from the DH spot, batting 1-2 with three walks and a double.

Logan Ott subbed in for Habertheir in the third and allowed a two-run homer to dead center, giving the Hoyas a 4-3 lead. The Maryland bullpen would be heavily relied on in this one as Ott, Andrew Johnson, David Falco Jr., Kenny Lippman and Ryan Van Buren all made appearances.

The back-and-forth scoring would be a theme in today’s game as the Terps were once again able to answer and take the lead back in the third. After three walks to load the bases, Eddie Hacopian hit a single to left field and two runs would score. The lead would swing to 5-4.

The Hoyas hit another home run to take the lead in the fourth, this time from Austin Kretzschmar. The three-run homer came with two outs and gave the Hoyas their biggest lead of the day with the score at 7-5. Matt Woods ended the half-inning by robbing Owen Carapellotti of a home run.

Woods made his presence felt again later in the fourth when he hit a run-scoring double to cut the Georgetown lead in half. Maryland continued the scoring in the fifth with a Nick Lorusso three-run blast. The Terps added an insurance run in the seventh to stretch the lead to 10-7.

Van Buren picked up the save, capping off a 10-7 Maryland win. Maryland jumps to 15-9 and extends its win streak to three games. The Terps will start their Big Ten play this weekend on the road against Iowa.

Maryland’s win streak ends after a 6-3 loss to Albany

Maryland was unable to extend its winning streak after a 6-3 loss against Albany on Saturday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. The Terps followed up a dominant 18-3 win on Friday with a disappointing effort. The Maryland offense was able to collect hits all game, but ultimately could not get runs to cross the plate.

The Great Danes were able to strike first in the second inning when Carson Dunkel hit a sacrifice fly to center to make it a 1-0 game. The Terps threatened to answer in the bottom of the second when they loaded the bases with two outs. However, Albany escaped the jam and kept the score the same.

Maryland’s offense got on the board as it drew two walks to start the bottom of the third and tied the game on a fielder’s choice by Matt Shaw. The scoring continued with a two-out single from Kevin Keister, giving the Terps a 2-1 lead heading into the fourth.

Albany took the lead back and then some in the fifth. Victor Mazzara hit a leadoff triple and scored on an error to tie the game 2-2. A couple of batters later, Dan Tauken hit a three-run homer to extend the lead to 5-2. This would be the end of the day for Nick Dean.

The Terps began to cut into the lead in the sixth with another sacrifice groundout, this time from Bobby Zmarzlak. The score sat at 5-3 at the end of the sixth inning.

The Albany bats continued to be hot in the seventh. They were able to extend their lead to 6-3 with a solo home run from Will Binder.

The scoring stopped at this point for both sides as the bullpen for both teams had clean outings. Maryland had the beginnings of a comeback brewing with two hits and one out in the eighth. A double play from the Albany defense ended hopes for a comeback.

The loss has Maryland sitting at 10-8 heading into Sunday’s rubber match and ending its six-game win streak. The Terps will look to win the series in College Park tomorrow at 1 p.m. from The Bob.

Maryland Caps Off the Weekend with a 9-3 Loss to Hawaii

The Terps drop the finale of the Cambria College Classic against Hawaii 9-3. Maryland looked to turn their 0-2 weekend around and head home on a positive but was unable to do so, falling to 0-3 on the weekend. Maryland was unable to find it on either side today while the Hawaii offense was hot.

The Maryland defense got off to a messy start. After walking the leadoff batter, a throwing error from Nate Haberthier would advance the runner to third. Another throwing error from Matt Shaw would give Hawaii a quick 1-0 lead.

The Terps were able to answer quickly in the bottom of the first. Matt Shaw got the Terps started with a double to right field. Nick Lorusso was able to bring him home with another double to tie the game at one.

The offense showed great plate discipline in the first three innings, picking up 6 walks, including 4 in the second. After loading the bases on walks in the second, the Terps could not capitalize. They would once again leave two runners in scoring position in the third.

After a great start for Haberthier, the Rainbow Warriors finally collected a hit in the fourth and would not stop there. Hawaii started the inning with two hits to put a runner in scoring position. Singles from Stone Miyao and Dallas Duarte would give the Rainbow Warriors a 3-1 lead.

The strong offense would continue for Hawaii in the fifth. Matthew Miura started off the inning with a double and would advance to third after another throwing error from the Terps. Miura would eventually score on a sacrifice fly from Jared Quandt to make the score 4-1.

Maryland’s offense got back on the board in the fifth with a Nick Lorusso walk and a single from Ian Petrutz to start the inning. Lorusso was able to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt Woods. The bases were loaded once again after the Terps drew two more walks. They were able to score one more after Elijah Lambros was hit by a pitch. This cut the Hawaii lead to 4-3 heading into the sixth.

The Rainbow Warriors stopped the Maryland momentum after back-to-back doubles from Miyao and Matt Wong added another run to their lead. 

This would be the last of the scoring for either side until the eighth when Hawaii added more insurance. After loading the bases Jordan Donahue was hit by a pitch to get one run in and extend the lead to 6-3. Hawaii would put the game out of reach in the ninth with a two-run homer from Jacob Igawa and a solo homer from Kyson Donahue.

This loss has Maryland sitting at 4-7 as they head home. Maryland will be back in College Park on Tuesday when they face UMBC.

Maryland loses their second straight in a heartbreaking loss to Vanderbilt

Maryland looked to bounce back against another ranked opponent in Vanderbilt after last night’s loss. Despite leading 7-6 heading into the ninth, Vanderbilt was able to rally for an 8-7 walk-off win. The Maryland offense looked completely different today as they recorded eight hits including two home runs. However, Vanderbilt’s offense at the beginning and end of the game made the difference.

Vanderbilt’s defense started the game sloppy with an error, a walk, and a passed ball. This put Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw on second and third with no outs. Ian Petrutz was able to drive in Shliger with an RBI groundout, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead in the first.

On the other side, Vanderbilt was able to answer. The first pitch of the day for Nick Dean was a home run to Enrique Bradfield Jr. to tie the game 1-1. The Commodores did not stop there, an RBI double from Davis Diaz gave them a 2-1 lead. A sacrifice fly from Chris Maldonado and a single from Jack Bulger extended the lead to 4-1. Nick Dean was finally able to get out of the inning after a flyout to center field.

“I credit them for having a really good plan early,” said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. “We didn’t execute pitches quite as good as we needed to in the first.”

The Vanderbilt offense did not stop there. RJ Austin hit his first college home run in the second to make it a 5-1 ballgame. Dean stayed in the game and started to find his groove. After the home run, Dean retired the next 8 batters including 4 strikeouts.

“Credit to Nick, he started using the heater a lot more and getting them off balance,” said Vaughn. “As ugly as the first inning was, he got settled in and got us five again. Doing what Nick Dean does, he gave us a chance.”

The Maryland offense showed signs of life in the fourth when they loaded the bases after hits from Matt Woods and Kevin Keister and a walk from Bobby Zmarzlak. However, they were not able to score after the Vanderbilt defense turned two to end the top half of the inning.

The Terps load the bases again in the fifth but cash in this time. Another groundout RBI for Petrutz and an RBI fielder’s choice from Hacopian cut the Commodore’s lead in half, 5-3. They did not stop there, with runners on the corners and two outs Kevin Keister hit a three-run bomb to give Maryland a 6-5 lead.

This Maryland lead was short-lived. RJ Austin hit another home run off Dean to tie the game at six a piece. Dean was able to answer with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning fifth inning.

The home run barrage continued in the seventh when Nick Lorusso started the inning with a solo home run. His fourth home run of the year gave Maryland a 7-6 lead.

Nigel Belgrave came in for Nick Dean in the sixth inning and was efficient. Through his first two innings, Belgrave did not allow a hit and picked up two strikeouts. After giving up a one-out triple in the eighth, Belgrave remained calm and maintained the 7-6 score headed into the ninth.

Freshman Kyle McCoy came in for the save opportunity in the ninth. There was already a runner on first with no outs for McCoy when he subbed in. After a Vanderbilt bunt, there were runners on first and second with no outs. A Bradfield single up the middle would tie the game at 7-7. Three batters later, an RJ Schrek sacrifice fly to left would end the game, giving the Commodores an 8-7 walk-off win.

The Terps fall to 4-6 after this heartbreaking loss. Maryland will finish off the weekend with a matchup against Hawaii tomorrow morning.

Maryland Offense Struggles in 5-1 Loss to Ole Miss

Maryland starts their weekend in Minnesota with a 5-1 loss against a familiar opponent in No. 4 Ole Miss. This is the fourth time the Terps have faced the Rebels in the past eight days with Ole Miss winning three of the four. The Maryland offense struggled in this one as they were held to just 5 hits with their first hit not coming until the fourth inning.

Left fielder Bobby Zmarzlak flashed the leather in the first inning when he tracked down an Ethan Groff liner and made a diving catch. Both pitchers, Jason Savacool and Jack Dougherty were able to keep the game scoreless after one.

The Rebels would end up striking first with a Kemp Anderson solo home run to right field to start the second inning, making the score 1-0. Savacool was able to send down the next three batters to get out of the inning. Ole Miss threatened to score again in the third with two runners in scoring position and only one out. However, Savacool was able to pick up a strikeout and a groundout to keep the lead to one.

Jack Dougherty was able to send down the first seven Maryland batters but the cracks started to show in the bottom of the third. Dougherty walked two straight batters but would eventually get out of the inning. 

The Maryland defense had a sloppy start to the fourth. After a throwing error from Nick Lorusso and a wild pitch, Ole Miss had a runner on third with no outs. Once again, Savacool was able to get out of it, capping it off with a strikeout. Savacool showed his emotion and let out an empathic yell on his way to the dugout.

Nick Lorusso would make up for the throwing error with a leadoff hit in the bottom of the fourth. After two outs, Matt Woods was up to bat in a big spot. Woods was able to record his first hit as a Terp with an RBI single to center field, tying the game 1-1.

The Ole Miss offense heated up in the fifth with a two-run homer from Ethan Groff, his third of the season. Calvin Harris collected his first hit of the game with a single to left field. Savacool was able to get end the inning with the score sitting at 3-1. This would be the end of Savacool’s day, he allowed three runs on five hits and struck out two through five innings.

Tommy Kane came in for Savacool and kept the Rebel’s offense in check during a long relief appearance. Kane was able to toss three scoreless innings where he only allowed one hit. He remained in the game for the ninth but could not finish after allowing two more hits.

Maryland had their best scoring opportunity in the seventh. The Terps collected two singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with only one out. Ole Miss made a pitching change, bringing in sophomore righty Mason Nichols. Nichols was able to get the Rebels out of the inning without allowing a run.

“I think the difference in the game was they got it done when it mattered and we didn’t, that was the bottom line,” said Head Coach Rob Vaughn.

The Rebels were able to add some insurance runs in the ninth with a two-RBI single from Ethan Groff. Maryland was unable to score again in the ninth and started their weekend with a loss.

This loss moves the team back below .500 as they fall to 4-5. Maryland will look to turn it around as they face another ranked opponent tomorrow No. 7 Vanderbilt.

Series Preview: Cambria College Classic

After an exciting home win on Tuesday, the Terps are heading back on the road to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic. The No. 18 Maryland Terrapins (4-4) will have a busy weekend as they face No. 4 Ole Miss on Friday, No. 7 Vanderbilt on Saturday, and Hawaii on Sunday.

The Terps picked up a much-needed win on Tuesday as they beat Delaware 8-3, moving them back to .500. The offense continued to be hot as they extended their streak of hitting a home run in every game this season. A first-inning home run from Ian Petrutz, his fifth of the season, put the Terps up early. Elijah Lambros hit his third home run of the season with a two-run homer in the fourth. Luke Shliger went 2-for-3 including a two-RBI double which extended his hit streak to six games.

Freshman LHP Kyle McCoy made his first start and struck out two batters in a scoreless first inning. From there Logan Ott took over, tossing a career-high seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings of play.

Maryland will look to build on this at the Cambria College Classic this weekend. It won’t be easy, as the Terps will face two top-10 ranked opponents in Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. This will also be the first time Maryland has faced Hawaii in program history.

Ole Miss Rebels (7-2)

Last Season

In 2022 the Rebels finished 42-23 (14-16) and stepped up in the postseason, winning 10 of 11 games on their way to their first championship in program history. Ole Miss has retained some of their key pieces from their championship team. All-tournament team members Calvin Harris and Kemp Anderson return for another potential postseason run.

This Season

The Rebels are off to a hot start this season, starting 7-2. Maryland already caught a glimpse of this Ole Miss team last weekend in Oxford, Mississippi. The Terps were able to take the first game of the series, winning 9-2, but dropped the final two games.

Hitters to Watch

Junior shortstop Jacob Gonzalez has continued his hot start to the season after batting a combined 5-for-7 in two games against Louisianna Tech. Gonzalez leads the team in batting average (.441), hits (15), and is tied for first in RBIs with 14.

Outfielder Calvin Harris lit up the Terps in their most recent game last Sunday. Harris collected four hits and had two home runs, including a game-ending grand slam that put the Rebels up by 10.

Pitchers to Watch

Ole Miss ace Hunter Elliot is still sidelined with a sprained UCL. The Terps will likely face off against junior righty Jack Dougherty. This will be the second time they have faced off against Dougherty this season. Last Friday against the Terps Dougherty struck out three but allowed three runs on six hits through four innings.

Vanderbilt Commodores (6-3)

Last Season

Vanderbilt was just one win short of a third-straight 40-win season in 2022, finishing 39-23. The Commodores went to the NCAA Regional but were one win short of advancing to the Super Regional, losing to Oregon State 7-6. This snapped a streak of four consecutive Super Regional appearances.

This Season

The Commodores start this season 6-3, including a ranked win against No. 9 Oklahoma State and two wins against No. 17 UCLA. They go into this weekend riding a two-game win streak after a comeback win over Austin Peay on Tuesday 11-7.

Hitters to Watch

The headliner of this offense so far this season has been sophomore infielder Jonathan Vastine. Vastine is batting a team-high .394 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. 

The whole offense contributed to the comeback on Tuesday as eight players collected hits and five of them recorded a multi-hit game. Junior outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. reached base five times and scored two runs in the win.

Pitchers to Watch

The pitching staff is a strong point for Vanderbilt led by Devin Futrell and Carter Holton. Futrell, a sophomore LHP, has earned a 1.80 ERA and held opponents to a .147 batting average in two starts this season. Carter Holton is also a sophomore LHP that has posted a 1.93 ERA through his first two starts this season. Both Futrell and Holton pitched last weekend against UCLA and could be in line to start again this weekend.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (4-3)

Last Season

Hawaii finished last season just above .500 with a 28-24 record. This was not enough to break their NCAA tournament drought as Hawaii has not made it since 2010. Hawaii looks to build off its first full winning season since 2018 and snap its tournament drought.

This Season

The Rainbow Warriors have started this season with a 4-3 record, most recently losing to San Diego State. Last weekend, they went 1-2 at the Tony Gwynn Legacy games in San Diego. The game versus Maryland on Sunday will be the first time the two programs have ever faced off.

Hitters to Watch

Through their first seven games this season Hawaii has hit seven home runs. The standout of this offense has been redshirt sophomore outfielder Jared Quandt. Quandt leads the Rainbow Warriors in batting average with .563 and home runs with three. After missing last season due to injury, Quandt has returned better than ever.

Pitchers to Watch

Hawaii has used a large pool of pitchers this season, with 15 pitchers making appearances so far. Of those 15 pitchers only one pitcher, Randy Abshier, has made multiple starts and has posted a 2.45 ERA through 7.1 innings.

Preseason Countdown No. 4: Bullpen Preview

Coming into the 2023 season, the Terps bullpen will look to build another productive year. This bullpen comes into the season with more experience than last year’s group, with six of the pitchers having at least one season in College Park under their belt. 

This group is headlined by David Falco, who recently received a top 20 ranking amongst relief pitchers. With more familiarity and an established leader, there will be high expectations for the Terps. Here is a look at the pitchers in the bullpen for the 2023 Maryland Terrapins.

Redshirt Junior RHP David Falco Jr.

Falco took a major leap in the 2022 season, putting up an ERA of 2.84 in 19 appearances. He also picked up 31 strikeouts over 31.2 innings pitched. Falco enters the season as the 17th ranked relief pitcher on

The redshirt junior has delivered in big moments. In last year’s College Park Regional against Wake Forest, Falco struck out seven over 3.1 innings. David Falco will be relied on heavily as one of the longest-tenured players in Maryland’s bullpen.

Redshirt Sophomore RHP Nigel Belgrave

After battling injury in 2021, Belgrave bounced back in 2022 as a redshirt freshman where he struck out 25 batters across 18 innings and collected three saves.

Over the summer, Belgrave played 11 games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League. In those appearances for the Braves, Belgrave allowed just five runs.

Sophomore LHP Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson had a productive freshman year in 2022, where he made 17 appearances including 4 starts. In those games, Johnson collected a 4.12 ERA and held opposing batters to a .183 average. Johnson will look to build off this as he heads into his second year at Maryland.

Senior RHP Matt Orlando

Senior Matt Orlando has spent his past couple of seasons transitioning from infield to relief pitcher. In his first college pitching season in 2022, Orlando made 12 appearances where he struck out 11 batters and posted a 5.56 ERA.

Junior LHP Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane will be making his Maryland debut this season after spending his freshman and sophomore at Rowan College. The transfer made 6 starts for Rowan in 10 appearances where he posted a 6.46 ERA.

Sophomore LHP Michael Walsh

Walsh saw limited action during his freshman year in College Park. In just 7.1 innings pitched during 8 appearances, Walsh collected 10 strikeouts and walked just as many while allowing a 14.73 ERA. With the possibility of an expanded role this season, it will be interesting to see if Walsh can make a leap.

Sophomore LHP Travis Garnett

The 6’6″ sophomore missed his entire freshman season due to injury. Garnett did get some playing time over the summer, where he started two games for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Garnett entered college as the number five recruit in Maryland in Perfect Game’s rankings.

The Freshmen

Rob Vaughn will have a handful of freshman pitchers to work into the mix throughout the season. 

One of those players, Thomas Rogers, was the third-ranked right-handed pitcher in Massachusetts, according to Perfect Game. The 6’6″ pitcher throws an 88 mph fastball and is a top-500 recruit in the country. 

Fellow righty, Joey Colucci from Purcellville, Virginia, did not have a state or national ranking coming out of high school but will look to make an impact this season. 

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Brock comes to College Park as the 16th-ranked LHP in Ohio. Similar to Rogers, Brock throws an 88 mph fastball, according to Perfect Game.