Maryland rolls past Maine to secure series sweep

Bobby Zmarzlak elegantly tapped his helmet against Elijah Lambros’ lid at the top the Maryland logo behind home plate after hitting a high fly ball over the right field wall for his first home run of the season.

That solo shot helped Maryland pick up a 9-1 win on Sunday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium to secure the series sweep over the Maine Black Bears.

Maine got its first lead of the weekend with a Colby Emmertz solo home run in the third inning that barely made its way over the wall in left field, earning praise from the visiting dugout as the catcher pranced around the bases.

The lead did not last long as Ian Petrutz, who hit the clutch game-winning home run in Saturday’s game, got hit by the pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run. But they say that good things come in threes, so Matt Woods and Eddie Hacopian also got hit by the pitch, still with the bases loaded, giving the Terps a 3-1 lead.

“[It just lets] you breathe a little bit and lengthen the score out especially after they hit the solo homer,” head coach Rob Vaughn said. “I thought that’s a big piece, we did a good job of controlling the strike zone, now we got to punch through a little bit more.”

Just for good measure, Zmarzlak walked to give the Terps a four-spot in the home side of the third inning and diminished the confidence of Maine starting pitcher Noah Lewis.

Usual Sunday starter Nate Haberthier came in to relieve Kyle McCoy in the top of the fourth, who struck out three hitters while giving up one hit and one run on 32 pitches.

Sophomore left-hander Andrew Chevarie then entered to face the left-handed Petrutz, but walked him. Then, with the bases loaded once again, Kevin Keister ripped a ball that reached the wall in left-center field to score two more runs.

Keister, who has been hitting in the five-hole, commented on going up to the plate after some of the big Maryland batters.

“It’s good. It feels good,” Keister said. “[Lorusso] and Shaw, they’re always on base. It’s nice, I like it.”

One item to note is Maryland’s aggressiveness on the basepaths. Matt Shaw stole both second and third base in the sixth inning for the second day in a row, which was already the team’s fifth and sixth swiped bag of the day. Shaw is one of the players that has been a fearless baserunner all weekend.

“The games we were losing, we really weren’t aggressive, so we had to change something up and it really helped us win these past three games,” Keister said.

Maryland’s pitching dominated through the first six innings as McCoy and Haberthier combined to give up just one hit. But with Haberthier running into some trouble in the seventh with a double to Jeremiah Jenkins and a single to Connor Goodman to put runners on the corners, the big right-hander powered through and walked off to the dugout fired up.

“We both pound the strike zone well,” Haberthier said of him and McCoy. “We work ahead in hitters. I mean, he’s a big lefty, I’m a big righty. It’s kind of just complete opposites so I think that’s why it works really well.”

Haberthier, who is used to starting compared to coming in later in the game, treats each appearance the same.

“I do the exact same things,” Haberthier said. “In the top of the first inning I was throwing on the soccer field behind the field. Second inning I was throwing my pregame bullpen. Just treated it like the same.”

Zmarzlak’s home run in the seventh gave the Terps a 7-1 lead. It was the lanky right fielder’s first long ball of the season. Matt Woods then crushed a solo shot of his own in the following inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into the athletic practice fields.

David Falco Jr., who pitched in the eighth, stayed in for the ninth to close it out. The redshirt junior sat down the top of the Maine batting order with ease to wrap up the series sweep.

Despite getting the win, Vaughn wanted to see a little bit more out of his team.

“We’re gonna judge ourselves about us playing the best version of our game and we’ll take the win for sure, but if we can do some things a little bit better, there’s no reason that’s not a 15-1 game with the way we pitched the ball today,” Vaughn said.

Maryland defeats Maine in dramatic fashion after long deadlock

Ian Petrutz ripped a ball through the wind and over the right field wall to break the tied deadlock, sending the bundled up Maryland players and fans into a frenzy.

The home run capped off a suspenseful 5-4 win for the Terps over the Maine Black Bears on Saturday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, the second game of Maryland’s first home weekend series of the season.

Nick Lorusso began the scoring in the first inning with a home run in his first plate appearance for the second game in a row, this time a two-run shot to score him and Luke Shliger.

“I think it’s just a confidence thing,” Lorusso said. “The more you hit, the more confidence you get.”

Maryland picked up a couple more runs in the opening inning as Kevin Keister drove in Matt Shaw and Matt Woods scored Petrutz with a fielder’s choice.

The Black Bears had an immediate response as third baseman Myles Sargent hit a ball just over the glove of a leaping Bobby Zmarzlak in left field for a home run. Center fielder Dylan McNary then followed with a double that rolled to the wall, scoring Dean O’Neill and tying the game at three.

After a Quinn McDaniel walk and a Connor Goodman single, Shliger made a slick sliding play after a Jeff Mejia bunt attempt with two Black Bears in scoring position, helping his pitcher get through the third inning without any more runs to cross the plate.

Shaw displayed his speed in the bottom of the inning as he stole both second base and third base after hitting a single, but Maine starting pitcher Gianni Gambardella sat down Petrutz and Keister to get his team back on offense.

Shliger put the Terps back on top in the fourth with a skittering single through the left side to score Hacopian. Then, with two runners on, Lorusso narrowly missed another home run as right fielder Colin Plante caught the towering fly ball along the warning track.

Maryland turned a beautiful double play in the fifth as it looked like Keister had no play at second, but he quickly turned on a ground ball and tosses to Shaw. Shaw then fired over to Hacopian at first who picked the ball in the turf, sending the home crowd into a big cheer as they admired the impressive three-man effort.

“That was a big time double play ball,” Maryland head coach Rob Vaughn said. “Really good job by [Keister] getting to it, really good job of Shaw communicating. They worked their tails off to be really elite defensively. They’re doing a nice job.”

Dean ran into some trouble in the sixth as he allowed two leadoff hits to put Maine runners on the corners, then O’Neill tied up the game at four with a hard hit into center field, firing up the Black Bears’ dugout.

That hit prompted Vaughn to bring in fifth year Kenny Lippman to relieve Dean, who ended his day with four strikeouts and one walk on 84 pitches.

Lippman, with Black Bears on second and third, secured two key outs and joined his energized defense as they trotted back to the dugout.

Tommy Kane came in for Lippman and tossed a fast 1-2-3 seventh. Caleb Leys, the usual Friday starter for Maine, then came in for Gambardella and matched Kane’s dominance.

Kane remained in the game for the eighth, but after an error by Shaw, a single to O’Neill, and a hit-by-pitch to Jake Rainess, redshirt sophomore Nigel Belgrave made his way toward the mound to attempt to put out the fire.

Belgrave worked the count full and then fired home an electric called third strike to end the inning as home plate umpire Joe Cruz’s voice boomed throughout the stadium and Maryland players and fans jumped in the air.

Petrutz’s home run to give the Terps the lead in the eighth was his sixth blast of the season and continued the homer-happy start for the sophomore designated hitter.

“They kind of have been attacking me on the outer third of that plate, so I scooted up a little bit and just kind of got my barrel on something that I could hit,” Petrutz said.

Belgrave remained in for the ninth to try to close it out, but Jeremiah Jenkins walked and Goodman hit a single. Goodman then advanced to second on a passed ball and Mejia walked to load up the bases with no outs.

A quick turn of events, Belgrave then struck out three consecutive Maine hitters to record the save in dramatic fashion, clinching the series win for Maryland. All seven of Belgrave’s outs came via the strikeout.

“The more he’s in that spot and the more he executes that, the more he believes in that and that guy is something else,” Vaughn said of Belgrave. “That was a gutsy effort by him at the end.”

Maryland destroys Maine after long rain delay to kick off first home weekend series of season

Nick Lorusso and Matt Shaw each trotted around the bases in the first inning under flickering lights after hitting back-to-back solo home runs into the gloomy night sky.

The home runs, which kicked off a 25-10 blowout of the Maine Black Bears at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, came much later than initially anticipated as a three-hour rain delay turned the first home Friday game of the season into a bitter nighttime matchup.

In the second, Maryland continued to tack on runs as Elijah Lambros grounded into a fielder’s choice, allowing Matt Woods to score. A wild pitch then scored Eddie Hacopian, giving the Terps two runs in each of the first two innings.

Maine, who had runners in scoring position in the first two innings, sought to do the same in the third with Quinn McDaniel attempting to steal second base, but Luke Shliger gunned him out by a wide margin, allowing the Terps to exit the inning and helping his battery mate and Maryland ace Jason Savacool continue his strong start to the night.

The Terps quickly loaded up the bases with one out in the home fourth as Ian Petrutz walked, Kevin Keister hit a double to the left field wall, and Woods was hit by the pitch. Hacopian then tapped a ball right in front of the pitcher’s mound for a fielder’s choice, scoring Petrutz and giving Maryland a 5-0 lead.

With the bases loaded again after a Bobby Zmarzlak walk, Lambros hammered a grand slam past the scoreboard, blowing the game wide open. Lorusso and Shaw then hit back-to-back home runs again later in the inning and gave the Terps 12 runs in three innings.

Maine starter Colin Fitzgerald ended his night after three innings pitched and nine hits, 12 runs, three walks, and no strikeouts. An unusual feeling for the sophomore, Fitzgerald entered the game with a 1.80 ERA after three prior games started.

“Oh, it’s awesome,” Lorusso said about getting to Fitzgerald early. “Devote some of that success to the pitchers that we faced previously, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, they all got some studs so it was definitely important seeing that and there was nothing too special from there so I thought we did a great job from there.”

After Blaine Cockburn came in to relieve Fitzgerald, Woods hit a triple off the right field wall and then scored Maryland’s 13th run with a Hacopian sacrifice fly to right fielder Colin Plante. Thanks to a couple more hits from the top of the batting order, the Terps added their 14th and 15th in the same inning.

Maine’s third pitcher of the night, Luc Lavigueur, gave his team its first scoreless inning after he sat the Terps down in order in the fifth.

A leadoff walk in the sixth inning to Jake Rainess eventually gave the Black Bears their first run of the game as the redshirt junior scored off a single from Connor Goodman through the right side of the infield.

Savacool dazzled in his fourth start of the season and finished his night after 100 pitches through six innings. He gave up two hits and four walks while racking up six strikeouts in the one-run performance.

“That two-seam had a ton of action today and that seems like a good thing because sometimes it’s hard to command when it’s moving away,” head coach Rob Vaughn said of Savacool.

Savacool, who had to wait three hours longer than expected due to the rain delay, was clearly unfazed.

“When we came out at six [o’clock] to get going, it was pouring still and [Savacool] handled it like the mature kid he is and it’s a challenge, it’s really a mental challenge,” Vaughn said. “That’s what I really challenge our guys, is can we be mentally really hooked in and starting with Jason I thought we did a really good job on that.”

Lambros hit another home run over the right field wall in the home side of the inning, becoming the third Terp to hit his second of the game, along with Lorusso and Shaw.

Some defensive changes were made by Maryland to kick off the seventh inning as James Heffley replaced Shliger behind the plate and Ryan Van Buren came in to relieve Savacool.

Maine tacked on another run with a Dylan McNary single through the right side to score Myles Sargent, making it a 17-2 ballgame.

It was a battle of firsts in the bottom of the seventh as Devin Russell pinched-hit for Petrutz in his collegiate debut against position player Matt McElwain on the mound. Russell won the battle with a full-count walk.

Luke Zeisloft then drove in Russell in his third at-bat of the season, allowing a couple of the Maryland depth players  to continue the offensive party. Heffley then scored two more with a single of his own to get Maryland to 21 runs.

“He is an incredibly smart kid,” Vaughn said of Heffley. “For him to come up and obviously get that big hit there in his first at-bat, nobody gets more excited for players than they do James Heffley.”

Right-hander Joey Colucci entered for the Terps in the eighth and picked up his first collegiate strikeout to kick off the inning. He then struggled to find his groove after that as he gave up a two-run double to Sargent. Then, with Zeisloft slipping in right field while chasing down a shallow pop, Maine picked up two more runs.

Travis Garnett came in for Colucci and struggled to keep Maine runners off of the basepaths, prompting Vaughn to bring in Andrew Johnson with the bases loaded. Johnson immediately gave up two more runs on a Goodman double, continuing Maryland’s bullpen woes on the young season.

With Tyler Nielsen pitching in the home side for Maine, Zeisloft scored Caleb Estes with the bases loaded. Michael Bouma, Zach Martin, and Jacob Orr then joined the party as they all kept the inning alive and gave Maryland more tallies.

Johnson remained in the game for the ninth and gave up two base runners, but held the Black Bears scoreless in the inning and secured the victory for the Terps.

“We haven’t exploded like we did tonight, previously in the year, so getting to do that tonight really is something special and something that we can continue to do all year,” Lorusso said.

Series Preview: Maine Black Bears

It’s finally time for a weekend at home.

Maryland baseball gets set for its first home weekend series of the young season as the Maine Black Bears of the America East Conference travel to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

The Terps are coming off a victory against the neighboring UMBC Retrievers, who traveled down I-95 for a midweek matchup in College Park. Matt Woods was a major benefactor in Maryland’s 12-6 win after his bases-clearing triple.

Prior to the rout of the Retrievers, Maryland struggled in the Cambria College Classic at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., dropping all three of its contests of the weekend to No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 7 Vanderbilt, and Hawaii.

Sitting at 5-7 and falling out of the D1 Baseball Top 25 Rankings, the Terps look to hit the reset button this weekend and get back to an even record.

Here is what to look out for against the visiting Black Bears.

Maine Black Bears (3-6)

Last Season

Maine concluded last season with a 27-22 record and finished atop Baseball Division A of the America East Conference. Competition was not the strongest in that division with the likes of University of Massachusetts Lowell, Hartford, and Albany, but the Black Bears did finish in first place by a landslide and tied Stony Brook – members of Baseball Division B – for the best record in the entire conference.

Hosting the America East Tournament last May at Mahaney Diamond, the Black Bears lost to both UMass Lowell and New Jersey Institute of Technology. 

This Season

Currently sitting at 3-6, Maine won its opening series of the season against Pittsburgh, then lost two games to Monmouth, one game to Northern Illinois, and two games to Winthrop. Though, the team salvaged the last game of the Winthrop series and comes into this weekend after that win, succeeding the five-game losing streak.

The Black Bears have a long stretch of games in the DMV, as they face George Mason and George Washington next Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, and UMBC for a weekend series. They then play Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and move onto conference play the weekend after.

Hitters to Watch

Maine has put up some strong offense so far this season despite its unfavorable record. Quinn McDaniel, Jake Rainess, and Jeremiah Jenkins have established a splendid trio that has put up great numbers thus far.

McDaniel, a junior infielder, has a .480 batting average and 23 total bases in 25 plate appearances, though he has only driven in five runs. Rainess and Jenkins, a redshirt junior utility player and a sophomore first baseman and designated hitter, respectively, both have a .378 batting average with 37 plate appearances and four home runs. All three players have an above-1.000 OPS and slugging percentages above .700, with McDaniel sitting at an astronomical .920 slugging.

The Black Bears have six players with a batting average above .300, seven players with an OPS above .700, and four players with a slugging percentage above .500, which only includes players that meet a minimum requirement of two plate appearances per game and 75 percent of games played so far this season.

Pitchers to Watch

Colin Fitzgerald has been the best Maine pitcher this season by a wide margin. The sophomore boasts a 1.80 ERA in 15 innings pitched with 15 strikeouts and 14 hits allowed. He has limited opposing hitters to a .246 batting average and has only given up three extra base hits in his three outings.

Probable Starting Pitchers

Friday, March 10th: Jason Savacool and Caleb Leys

Saturday, March 11th: Nick Dean and Colin Fitzgerald

Sunday, March 12th: Nate Haberthier and Noah Lewis

Preseason Countdown No. 3: Infield Preview

Maryland baseball had a rock-solid infield last season.

Some of the core players from the 2022 campaign in Kevin Keister, Matt Shaw and Nick Lorusso are all back with the Terps for another go-around, and there are also a few collegiate rookies joining the squad.

But with Maxwell Costes signing with his hometown Baltimore Orioles as an undrafted free agent after the conclusion of last season, there is a gaping hole to fill at first base.

Overall, the Terps have plenty of talent around the diamond and these players should come up big for the team once again this season.

It’s time to take a look at the returning infielders first.

Junior – Matt Shaw

Shaw is set for his third season with Maryland in what should be a huge one for the Massachusetts native. After dominating as a freshman and sophomore, Shaw has become one of the faces of the Terps.

Last season he was part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and won the 2022 Cape Cod Baseball League MVP over the summer with the Bourne Braves.

Despite having the fifth-most plate appearances on the team last season, Shaw managed to finish with the second-most home runs and the third-most RBIs. He also accumulated 71 hits, 50 runs, and 148 total bases.

Junior – Kevin Keister

Just like Shaw, Keister returns to Maryland for his third season. There weren’t a whole lot of plate appearances for Keister during his freshman season, but the second baseman took a massive step forward as a sophomore.

Starting off the season on a great note helped Keister secure a spot in the infield in 2022, especially after being a main contributor during the series sweep against Siena in mid-March.

Keister’s numbers were impressive enough to make the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten, after sporting a .317 batting average and a .582 slugging percentage while driving in 44 runs.

Senior – Nick Lorusso

Lorusso’s first season as a member of the Terps was a strong one after he transferred from Villanova. Along with Shaw and Keister, Lorusso was part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and was just about as reliable as one could get on the hot corner.

The third baseman hit to a .322 batting average and a .562 slugging percentage and got 70 RBIs, 15 home runs, and 83 hits.

Lorusso is also a pitching option, as the right-hander made eight appearances on the mound last season. Though Lorusso is a two-way option, his infield was tremendous last year.

Here are the rest of the returning infielders that provide key depth for the Terps. 

Senior – Matt Orlando | Senior – Michael Bouma | Sophomore – Jacob Orr

Matt Orlando joins Lorusso as another two-way player on this Maryland team. Though the right-hander didn’t get any plate appearances last season, he did get a combined 105 plate appearances the prior two seasons. 

Michael Bouma only went up to the plate 15 times last season. During the process, he got two hits and three runs. The Brookeville-native is entering his fourth season with the Terps.

Jacob Orr was a solid depth piece for Maryland during his freshman season. He hit .250 in 44 plate appearances while driving in 12 runs. Orr played in 21 games last season while starting in 11 of them.

Now for the transfers and first-year Terps.

Eddie Hacopian | Alex Irizarry | Caleb Estes | Simmi Whitehill | Jake Walman

Eddie Hacopian enters his first season in Maryland after spending his freshman year at Cypress College. As a Charger, Hacopian batted a monstrous .387 average.

Now for the freshmen.

Alex Irizarry was ranked the No. 4 shortstop in Connecticut by Perfect Game. He batted .434 in 2021 and led his alma mater East Catholic High School to an undefeated season with 25 wins.

Caleb Estes, from the close-by Severn, Maryland, was ranked the No. 3 shortstop in Maryland by Perfect Game. He is 6’3” and attended Archbishop Spalding High School.

Simmi Whitehill, a product of Bishop Shanahan High School and a Pennsylvania native, provides even more skill to the Terps middle infielder as he was ranked No. 6 in the category by Perfect Game in his home state.

Jake Walman can play both the catcher position and the infield. He resorts from Bourne, Massachusetts. With the ability to play multiple positions, Walman provides Maryland with various options.

Preseason Countdown No. 10: 2022 Pitching MVP

It was a Friday night in late April. Maryland was beating Northwestern 13-0 with two outs in the ninth inning with Ryan Ramsey on the mound. Not a single Wildcat had reached base. The Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium crowd anticipated what could be next.

A sharp ground ball to Nick Lorusso prompted the third baseman to fire over to first, completing the final out. Ramsey threw his arms in the air and was greeted by his battery mate Luke Shliger. The left-handed pitcher had just thrown the first Maryland perfect game since 1959.

That night highlights the best of the team’s pitching performances from last season, and Ramsey has earned Maryland Baseball Network’s most valuable pitcher award for the Terps in 2022. 

With a pitching staff that boasted the three-headed monster of Ramsey, Nick Dean, and Jason Savacool, as well as a robust bullpen, the Terps had reliable pitching. But it’s Ramsey who takes home the team Cy Young Award of last season.

In addition to his night of perfection, the southpaw finished the year with a 3.22 ERA and a team-high 11 wins. He made 15 starts with 92.1 innings pitched, racked up 90 strikeouts, and only allowed 63 hits and 6 home runs to opposing hitters.

The New Jersey-native nearly tripled his workload in innings pitched from the prior season and remained a steady force in the Maryland starting rotation last year.

Ramsey ultimately earned himself a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft as the Kansas City Royals selected him in the 13th round with the 385th overall pick.

With Ramsey no longer with the team, Maryland will look to build off its pitching success and continue to provide favorable numbers entering the new season.

Preseason Countdown No. 11: 2022 Offensive MVP

There was no shortage of offense last season for Maryland baseball. In fact, the team boasted a lineup filled top to bottom with potent hitters.

After their 2022 campaign, the Terps had six players with a batting average above .300, nine players with an OPS above .920, eight players with at least 60 hits, and the list goes on. The team is coming off their best season in program history after all.

With the incredible production that the team had last year, it’s a challenge to pick just one offensive MVP. So, it would be beneficial to provide a couple of honorable mentions: Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw.

Shliger was one of the best catchers in college baseball last season. He led Maryland in batting average and hits as he paved the way at the top of the order. Shaw provided consistent numbers. The shortstop finished last season with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Now it’s time for the main character.

It’s only right to name Chris Alleyne as the offensive MVP of last season. After coming back to Maryland for his fifth year, the outfielder led the Terps in home runs, stolen bases, RBIs, total bases, and slugging.

It felt like every game it was Bubba who anyone could rely on to get the job done no matter what situation was presented in front of him. The Philadelphia native always displayed poise and confidence, all on top of his great veteran presence.

Alleyne is a player who takes advantage of any opportunity against opponents as he mentioned to “put a crooked number up there every inning, whether it’s getting guys over on bunts, stealing bases, just trying to get at least one every inning,” the switch-hitter said after a game last March in which he also homered from both sides of the plate.

He ended up winning the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a semifinalist for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award (which is handed out annually to the best amateur player in the country), and was a member of plenty of first-team awards last season.

Alleyne’s performances on the field ultimately earned him a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft, as the Los Angeles Dodgers called his name in the 19th round with the 585th overall pick.

Though Alleyne is no longer with Maryland, the team will look to sustain the success that they had last season and continue to provide exceptional offense.

2022 MLB Draft: Ryan Ramsey, Troy Schreffler, Chris Alleyne selected

College Park was finally represented on the third and final day of the 2022 MLB Draft. The Maryland Terrapins had three players get selected on Tuesday, the first time since 2017 the team had that many get taken.

After a loaded roster exploded for a dominant season,  it was evident that multiple players would hear their names get called in Los Angeles at some point during the three-day event. The question was when, and by which teams. Here are the three Terps that got selected.

Ryan Ramsey – Left-Handed Pitcher – Kansas City Royals

Ramsey was the first Terp to hear his name called in this year’s draft as he was taken by the Royals in the 13th round as the 385th overall pick.

The southpaw had plenty to boast about after his 2022 campaign, with the most notable being his perfect game that he tossed in April, the second time a pitcher accomplished the feat in school history.

He posted a 3.22 ERA on the season and finished with an 11-1 record. Though he was the only pitcher to come out of College Park in the draft this year, his numbers may be similar to those from recent Terp pitchers who got selected in past drafts.

Sean Burke finished his final collegiate season with a 3.27 ERA before being drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the third round in 2021. Hunter Parsons was selected by the New York Mets in the 19th round in 2019 after finishing with a 3.45 ERA. 

Ramsey winds up being the first ever Terp to be drafted by the Royals.

Troy Schreffler – Outfield – Philadelphia Phillies

Schreffler took a massive step forward in 2022, earning him a selection by the Phillies in the 15th round as the 452nd overall pick.

The outfielder had quite the junior year: compared to the season prior, his batting average increased by 65 points, his slugging percentage went up from the mid-.300s to the mid-.500s, and his on-base percentage reached the .400s.

Through his skyrocketed statistics this season, Schreffler garnered a much greater sample size as he played in 26 more games and got 145 more at-bats his junior year than his freshman and sophomore combined.

A Harrisburg, Pennsylvania native, Schreffler receives a chance to play for his home team.

Chris Alleyne – Outfield – Los Angeles Dodgers

Good things come in threes. At least that’s what they say. As the marathon-esque draft began to dwindle down, Alleyne became the third and final Terp to be drafted this year as the Dodgers took him in the 19th round as the 585th overall pick.

In a season where the fifth-year outfielder stood out in a loaded Terps roster and those who could potentially be taken heading into the draft, Alleyne was handed a ticket to Hollywood as he got picked up in the second-to-last round.

Wearing the illustrious No. 3 on his jersey this season, Alleyne was crowned 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year and finished his Maryland career ranking toward the top in numerous offensive categories.

Out of his five seasons as a Terp, he had the best numbers in his fifth year in hits, home runs, runs batted in, slugging percentage, walks, on-base percentage, games played and at-bats.

Not hearing his name called in last year’s draft and returning to Maryland for an extra season adds additional sweetness to a selection of someone who played a splendid five-year collegiate career.

POST-MLB DRAFT: Free Agent Signing

Maxwell Costes – Infield – Baltimore Orioles

Costes signed with the Orioles as an undrafted free agent Wednesday night, one day after the draft concluded.

A native of Baltimore City and a graduate of the Gilman School, the Maryland first baseman gets a crack at playing for his childhood team after four seasons as a Terp.

With a four-year career containing excellent numbers throughout, Costes ranks second in school history in home runs and walks, as well as third in runs batted in.

His batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage all swayed throughout the four years but remained strong since he arrived at College Park. He did receive the most at-bats, though, in his senior year and finished his final season with a .296 batting average, 16 home runs, 52 runs batted in, and 39 walks.

Signing with his childhood team adds another great chapter to Costes’ already great story.

Maryland Terrapins MLB Draft Preview

Amidst a busy upcoming week in the baseball world comes the 2022 Major League Baseball Draft beginning Sunday in Los Angeles at 7 p.m. ET, which many eyes in the College Park area will gravitate toward.

After selections only went as far as five rounds in the COVID-affected 2020, this year’s draft will contain 20 rounds, just like last year.

The Terps saw two of their players get selected in 2021. Sean Burke was taken by the Chicago White Sox (Round 3, Pick 94) and Ben Cowles was picked up by the New York Yankees (Round 10, Pick 303).

With Maryland coming off a monstrous 2022 season, there are a few players to look out for as the draft begins. Here are a few Terps that teams in the majors should take a look at.

Chris Alleyne – Outfield

Alleyne declared for the 2021 MLB Draft but decided to return to Maryland for his fifth year after not hearing his name get called. He had the option to sign with an MLB team as an undrafted free agent but felt there was ‘unfinished business’ after the Terps’ campaign last season was cut short in the Greenville Regional.

Thus, the centerfielder racked up the accolades this season, with most notably winning the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year. He is also a part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten, 2022 D1Baseball Second Team All-American and 2022 NCAA College Park Regional All-Tournament Team, among others.

After blasting 24 home runs this season, he broke the record for the most in a single season in school history. He finished the year with a .331 batting average and was a constant force in the potent Maryland lineup.

Ryan Ramsey – Left-Handed Pitcher

When people see Ramsey’s name, they may be reminded of the night of April 29 when the southpaw fired the second perfect game in school history and the first since 1959.

Aside from that memorable night at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, Ramsey still has a lot to his name after concluding his third season at Maryland. He was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week twice and finished this season on the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten.

Generally toeing the rubber on the Saturday matchups during the weekend series’, Ramsey posted a 3.22 ERA and went 11-1 in 92.1 innings of work. 

Nick Dean – Right-Handed Pitcher

Kicking off his season with two starts of shutout ball, Dean helped his ballclub get in the winning groove early. He would go on to finish the season with a 6-2 record. Taking up the majority of the Friday starts, Dean capped off his 2022 season with a 4.57 ERA.

A member of the 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten, Dean threw 82.2 innings while striking out 80 batters. In the 15 games that he pitched in, Maryland ended up winning 11 of them.

Though Dean struggled a bit more toward the end of the season, the Pennsylvania native proved to be a key piece for the Maryland pitching staff the whole year.

Maxwell Costes – Infield

A member of the 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten and the 2022 NCAA College Park Regional All-Tournament Team, Costes’ bat came up big all throughout the season as the senior crushed baseballs in the heart of the Terps’ batting order.

Costes currently stands second in school history in home runs with 40, smashing 16 of them this season. He is also second in walks (116) and third in RBIs (145) in school history. The first baseman finished his senior season with a .296 batting average and 226 plate appearances.

Head Coach Rob Vaughn signs contract extension through June 2027

Maryland Baseball Head Coach Rob Vaughn agreed to a contract extension through June 2027, per an announcement Monday afternoon from the team.

Vaughn earned the extension after his club finished the year with the most regular season wins in school history with a 48-14 record, accounting for a .774 win percentage. 

A season in which the 34-year-old skipper won the Big Ten Coach of the Year, he led the Terps to an 18-5 record in conference matchups and their first conference title since 1971.

Several players earned honors under Vaughn’s leadership this season including six All-Big Ten First Team (Kevin Keister, Nick Lorusso, Chris Alleyne, Ryan Ramsey, Jason Savacool, Matt Shaw), one All-Big Ten Second Team (Luke Shliger) and three All-Big Ten Third Team (Troy Schreffler Jr., Nick Dean, Maxwell Costes). Alleyne also finished as Big Ten Player of the Year.

Maryland hosted the first-ever College Park Regional this season in which they battled Long Island University, Wake Forest, and UConn at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

Vaughn has been a part of the Maryland coaching staff since 2013 and since becoming head coach in 2018, he has a record of 141-96 (.680 win percentage). 

The most recent players to get drafted by Major League Baseball under Vaughn are RHP Sean Burke (Round 3, Chicago White Sox) and SS Benjamin Cowles (Round 10, New York Yankees). Several more players are expected to be selected in the 2022 MLB Draft next month.

With Vaughn staying in College Park for five more seasons, the program looks to build off its historic 2022 campaign.