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.

Terps destroy Buckeyes to complete series sweep

Jason Savacool trotted to the pitcher’s mound in hopes to complete the sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes on a brisk Easter afternoon in College Park.

The sophomore right-hander ran into early trouble in the first inning as he gave up a single, a hit by pitch, and a walk. He was able to get through it though with a ground ball that he quickly tossed over to Maxwell Costes.

Luke Shliger, Matt Shaw, and Nick Lorusso all flew out in the first inning. Chris Alleyne started the day off as Shaw slotted into the two-hole and returned to the field in his shortstop position.

After Troy Schreffler walked and Bobby Zmarzlak was hit in the arm, Ian Petrutz moved them over and Kevin Keister drove them in with a rocket off the outfield wall, giving the Terps a 2-0 lead in the second.

Head Coach Rob Vaughn put Alleyne into center field in the third inning, moving Schreffler into right field.

The Buckeyes put runners on the corners with no outs in Kade Kern and Blayne Robinson in the fourth, but Savacool eased through it with no runs crossing the plate.

In the home half, Costes, Schreffler and Zmarzlak all reached base, prompting a pitching change for Ohio State. Griffan Smith replaced Jacob Gehring after the freshman had trouble against the potent Maryland order.

Keister grounded into a fielder’s choice and avoided the double play with a hustle down to first base, scoring Schreffler. Alleyne, in the nine-hole, then doubled home Zmarzlak and Keister, making it 5-0.

Savacool cruised through the fifth in just six pitches.

Production in the middle of the order continued as Costes doubled and Schreffler walked and Zmarzlak brought them both home with a double.

Keister and Alleyne both reached base safely after two mishaps from the Buckeye defense and Shliger bunted them over. Shaw then crashed a three-run homer barely over the right field wall to make it 10-0.

Ian Petrutz joined in on the action in the seventh as he rolled a ball into right field to score Schreffler. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Alleyne brought home Zmarzlak and Petrutz with another roller into right.

The Terps added on in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Shliger and an RBI single from Shaw, making it 15-0. 

Gavin Stellpflug came in to relieve Savacool after a masterful performance of seven innings, three hits, seven strikeouts, and no runs. Riley Langerman also replaced Shliger behind the plate.

Ohio State got on the board as Zach Dezenzo made his way around the bases on a couple wild pitches.

Ian Petrutz got his first home run as a Terrapin as the freshman dumped one over the wall in the eighth to add onto the lopsided score.

With a 15-run cushion, Matt Orlando came in to close it out. The junior right-hander was able to slam the door shut as Maryland took a 16-1 victory and completed the series sweep.

Maryland bats and relief pitching secure gutsy win against OSU

The baseball gods must love springtime in College Park because it was as beautiful of a day as it could get for the second game in a row when Maryland took on Ohio State at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan Ramsey toed the rubber for the Terps with a 7-0 record and 2.28 ERA on the season entering the day.

Marcus Ernst and Zach Dezenzo kicked off Ramsey’s afternoon with two singles and Trey Lipsey moved them up with a bunt. Ernst then scored off a Kade Kern fielder’s choice, putting the Buckeyes on the board early. Kevin Keister put an end to the damage with a beautiful play as he charged inward and fired to Maxwell Costes at first for the out.

Luke Shliger stepped to the plate with a cheer from the crowd as the home team came to bat after a clutch walk-off win the night before. On a 2-2 count, he was drilled in the back and trotted to first base. Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso then struck out swinging and Matt Shaw – who came back into the lineup in the designated hitter role – lined out to center.

Ramsey bounced back in the second frame after giving up a single, but notching two strikeouts in a quick session on the hill.

Just like last night, Alleyne put his athleticism on display, this time with a deep liner that he tracked down right in front of the batter’s eye in the third.

Brent Todys singled in the fourth and eventually scored after a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Jacob Orr, giving Ohio State a two-run lead.

Ohio State tacked on another run in the inning as Josh McAlister roped a ball into left, scoring Archer Brookman and making it a 3-0 ballgame.

Nick Robinson came in to relieve Ramsey with one out in the fifth. The junior southpaw finished his day with three runs on six hits and 81 pitches.

“He’s been out around 100 pitches for a couple of consecutive starts and so we kind of knew coming in we didn’t want to give much over 80 today,” Head Coach Rob Vaughn said on Ramsey. “Just try to give him a little bit lighter weight, but at the same time you’re looking at it like ‘hey, we got a chance to win the series today against Ohio State.'”

The Terps got their first hit of the day in the bottom of the fifth as Troy Schreffler slid safely into second with a leadoff double. Bobby Zmarzlak then picked up right where he left off from last night with a two-run blast, slashing the Ohio State lead to 3-2.

“We’d like to come out here and play as hard as we can,” Schreffler said. “Sometimes it catches on a little bit later than we want to but being able to come out here and just keep barreling the ball, putting the ball in play, eventually it’s gonna find a hole and we’re gonna get it rolling.”

Later in the inning, Alleyne placed down a fantastic bunt that scored Keister and the fifth-year outfielder ended up safe at first with a throwing error. Next batter, Lorusso bunted home Shliger, giving Maryland a 4-3 lead.

Wyatt Loncar relieved Isaiah Coupet, who cruised through the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth.

“When a guy’s going like that, you’re just trying to get to the bullpen,” Vaughn said. “Loncar’s got good stuff, but we just we wanted anybody else and we were able to set that inning up and punch through.”

In the seventh, Zach Dezenzo crushed a two-run shot off Robinson to give the Buckeyes the lead again at 5-4. Nigel Belgrave came in to relieve Robinson.

Shliger came to bat in the bottom half and smoked a solo home run to tie up the game at five, prompting a loud applause from the packed stadium.

Vaughn stormed out of the dugout after home plate umpire Brian Marine did not allow an appeal to the third base umpire Eric Loveless on an Alleyne check swing.

The disruption was dissolved early as Lorusso smacked another solo home run for Maryland, giving them the lead at 6-5.

Belgrave stayed in the game for the ninth, looking to seal the deal. With two quick outs, Dezenzo launched a ball a few feet shy of the foul pole, nearly tying the game. But Belgrave was able to slam the door shut with a strikeout, helping Maryland earn another victory.

“I think we played great, we played a great ball game,” Belgrave said. “All I really had to do is throw strikes and trust the defense behind me and they did a great job with that.”

Maryland hits walkoff home run to cap off incredible night against OSU

Nick Dean toed the rubber as the sun began to dip in the cloudless sky on a beautiful Friday evening in College Park against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After Dean cruised through the first inning, Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso both reached base and Maxwell Costes drove in Alleyne off a slow ground ball. A couple more ground ball hits by Bobby Zmarzlak and Kevin Keister scored two more runs in the opening frame.

After an early mound visit for the Buckeyes, Jacob Orr struck out with the bases loaded to put an end to the first inning where every Terp came to bat.

When Dean took the mound for the second, Blayne Robinson and Mitchell Okuley hit balls out of the park on consecutive pitches, cutting the Maryland lead to 3-2.

“He [had] a clean first and two quick outs and then jack-jack real quick and they’re right back in that thing,” Vaughn said about Dean. “[He] gives us a chance to win.”

Marcus Ernst and Trey Lipsey both singled in the third and Kade Kern brought home Ernst with a double to the wall, tying the game at three. 

In the bottom half, Ian Petrutz recorded his second RBI of the season as he drove in Keister. Ohio State pitcher Nate Haberthier thought he had strike three earlier in the at bat but the home plate umpire felt otherwise.

The Terps turned a 4-6-3 double play as smooth as it could get in the fourth as Orr tossed the ball to Keister who fired over to Costes just in time to beat a sprinting Okuley.

Maryland bats came back hungry again in the fourth as Alleyne and Lorusso singled. Costes hit what should have been an out to shallow center, but Josh McAlister dropped the ball and Alleyne was off the races, giving his team a 5-3 as he athletically slid home safely.

A balk and a groundout later, Nate Karaffa came in to relieve Haberthier after 3.2 innings and five runs.

Without much action in the fifth, Robinson tripled as Alleyne nearly made a sensational catch along the wall, but couldn’t quite hang on. Robinson then scored and Okuley grounded into a fielder’s choice to cut the Maryland lead to 5-4.

Noah Mrotek took the hill for the Terps in the seventh with a one-run lead to face the heart of the Buckeye order. He would escape a jam with a big strike three call on Brent Todys.

Troy Schreffler kicked off the home seventh with a single and a stolen base. Zmarzlak advanced him to third on a fielder’s choice. No runs crossed the plate in the inning, though, as Schreffler was left on third.

Costes fielded a ground ball in the eighth and sharply tossed to Mrotek who covered the bag for the first out. The sophomore right-hander then drilled Okuley on the foot, who then advanced to second on a passed ball. Another pitch got away from Shliger and Okuley moved up to third.

That was enough for Mrotek, who was replaced by Sean Heine. A third passed ball allowed Okuley to score, tying the game at five. McAlister then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice from Ernst. A walk, a bean ball, and another walk gave Ohio State their first lead of the night.

David Falco pitched a smooth ninth inning, setting up the Terps to bat in a one-run situation in the bottom of the inning.

“We showed a ton of grit on Wednesday at James Madison,” Vaughn said. “And a ton of grit tonight, and the best teams I’ve ever coached, you don’t want to play from behind, but they’re not afraid to play from behind.”

Costes walked to lead things off. Schreffler followed with a single over McAlister’s head. Zmarzlak then hammered a ball over the wall in left center for a walkoff three-run homer. 

“That was the best feeling ever” Zmarzlak said with a smile on his face.

The scene was set perfectly for Bobby Z, as the team likes to call him, who capped off the night with an incredible comeback with a final score of 8-6.

Series Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Entering their third weekend of conference play this season after facing Penn State at home and Minnesota on the road, Maryland takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes for a three-game set in College Park.

The Terps took two of three in both Big Ten weekends so far. They also defeated James Madison on Tuesday, fueling a strong stretch of five wins in their last six games.

Throughout their last six games, Maryland bats have driven in 42 runs, including an 11-run onslaught last Friday against the Golden Gophers. The Terps scored eight times against James Madison on the road earlier this week, as well.

With the team returning home for the first time since April 5, the Terps look to continue their success against conference opponents.

Ohio State Buckeyes (11-18)

Last Season:

The Buckeyes finished last season with a winning record at 22-20, but ended up toward the middle of the Big Ten standings in a season that featured all conference games. They were very streaky throughout the course of the year and Maryland won four of five games against them. The two split a two-game set in Columbus last March and then the Terps swept the Buckeyes in a weekend series at home the following month.

This Season:

Ohio State got off to a strong start by defeating Marshall and Indiana State twice, the latter of whom Maryland demolished at the LeClair Classic earlier this season but then lost seven consecutive affairs to a plethora of teams. They have not been able to find their rhythm since then, as they have not won more than two games in a row since the opening weekend.

Hitters to Watch:

Ohio State has had a few hitters raking at the plate this year, including Marcus Ernst and Trey Lipsey. Ernst has a slash line of .380/.486/.472. The senior infielder is a machine for singles and has started every game so far this year. Lipsey proposes more of a power threat, slugging .517 on the season with four home runs. Buckeye bats have been relatively impressive and scoring runs has not been any issue for them by any means.

Pitchers to Watch:

Ethan Hammerberg has been a strong bullpen arm for the Buckeyes, sporting a 2.45 ERA in 14 appearances. The 6’5 right-hander has put up zeros most of the days he has come into the game, but has had implosions against Cincinnati, Nebraska, and Michigan State. Jake Johnson is also a reliever to keep an eye on. Hammerberg has been slightly better and Johnson has also had a few major slip-ups this season, but both pitchers provide the Buckeyes with support in the late innings.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups

Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (3-1, 3.63 ERA) vs. So. LHP Isaiah Coupet (2-3, 4.58 ERA) 

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Nick Dean cashed in six strong innings against Minnesota last weekend, earning his third win of the season. He gave up three runs including a home run, but recorded six strikeouts. Dean had very similar numbers the weekend before against Penn State and has been rock solid this year for the Terps.

Isaiah Coupet has not been very consistent this season to say the least. The sophomore dominated against Marshall, UNCW, and Nebraska, but has severely struggled against Texas State, Campbell, West Virginia, and Purdue. His last start came on April 1 against Nebraska where he fired seven innings of one-run ball.

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (7-0, 2.28 ERA) vs. So. RHP Nate Haberthier (0-3, 6.29 ERA)

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Ryan Ramsey earned another win last weekend at Minnesota and lowered his ERA on the season, making his 2022 campaign even more impressive. The southpaw has only given up five runs over his last five starts and has pitched 32 innings over that span. It is safe to say Ramsey has really found his groove this year and leads Maryland pitchers in the win department.

Nate Haberthier is coming off a start where he gave up three runs to Michigan State in an offensive explosion for his Buckeyes The sophomore has not been able to make it deep into games, as the furthest he has gone came against West Virginia in early March (5 2/3 innings pitched).

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (5-2, 2.68 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP Wyatt Loncar (1-3, 5.40 ERA)

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Jason Savacool pitched seven innings against Minnesota last weekend and continues the trend of pitching deep into games. The sophomore right-hander has pitched either seven or eight innings in all but one games started so far this season. He recorded seven strikeouts against the Golden Gophers and gave up three runs.

Wyatt Loncar put up an effective performance last weekend against Michigan State, hurling five innings and giving up only one run in the process. That was one of his best games of the season though, having struggles in numerous games earlier in the season. The 6″6 junior has been inconsistent in both innings pitched and runs allowed.

Maryland fends off VCU in dramatic back and forth game

Maryland baseball returned to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium today to face the Virginia Commonwealth Rams to kick off a midweek home and home series.

Ryan Van Buren began his first of the season with two quick outs and nearly a third until third baseman Tyler Locklear reached base on an error. He was able to record the third out with no issue, though, sending the Terps to bat.

Chris Alleyne wasted no time in the first inning as he blasted a solo home run over the batter’s eye. Two hitters later, Nick Lorusso did the same, going even further with his long ball.

Virginia Commonwealth starting pitcher Campbell Ellis’ troubles from the first inning lingered into the second as Troy Schreffler Jr. poked a double into right field and Sean Lane reached base on a walk. Ellis had a pitch count of 43 after two innings.

Van Buren gave up the first VCU hit of the day after 2 ⅔ innings as Michael Haydak ripped a double over Bobby Zmarzlak’s head. AJ Mathis then brought him home with a hit himself and Locklear smoked a two-run shot to give the Rams a 3-2 lead.

Alleyne countered in the bottom half of the inning with his second home run of the day, this time from the other side of the plate. 

Andrew Johnson came in to relieve Van Buren after 49 pitches. Johnson gave up a solo home run to Connor Hujsak on the first pitch to allow the Rams to take the lead again. He then hit the next batter Devan Barnett.

Barnett stole second base and Johnson threw three straight balls to Marcus O’Malley, prompting Luke Shliger to come out for a visit. O’Malley walked on the next pitch.

Johnson walked Scottie O’Bryan to load the bases. Barnett slid home safely off a sacrifice fly from Haydak to extend the Rams’ lead to 5-3. Johnson was able to fan Mathis to finally conclude the inning.

In the bottom of the fourth, Zmarzlak cranked a solo home run over the wall in left center, bringing Maryland to within one run.

Schreffler and Lane popped consecutive base hits after the Zmarzlak long ball. For Lane, it was his first hit in a Maryland uniform. Jacob Orr moved both teammates into scoring position with a beautifully placed bunt.

Shliger rolled a ball along the first base line to score Schreffler, tying the game at five a piece. Maryland was unable to deal any more damage in the inning.

The next inning, Virginia Commonwealth gained the lead right back as Devan Barnett singled home Logan Amiss. Barnett advanced to second base after a Johnson wild pitch.

Matt Orlando arrived at the mound to pitch the sixth. O’Bryan walked and stole second base. He then made his way to third after Schreffler dropped a pop fly in right field.

Maryland walked the red-hot Locklear to make the bases full, but Lorusso fielded a ground ball to end the inning with zero VCU runs.

The Rams elected Edwin Serrano to pitch the bottom of the sixth with the middle of the Maryland order coming to bat. 

With Zmarzlak leading off the inning with a bean ball and Schreffler reaching base on balls, Drew Grace came to the plate with pinch hitting duties. Grace was unsuccessful on the bunt attempt with two strikes and he walked back to the dugout in frustration.

Luke Shliger extended his hit streak to four games as he dumped one into left field to score Zmarzlak and Schreffler to give Maryland a 7-6 lead.

Sean Heine took the mound for the Terps in the seventh. The senior right-hander hurled a clean inning and fired up the stadium after striking out Nic Ericcson for the third out.

Maxwell Costes hit a ball a mile high that had the crowd dead silent as they were waiting for it to land, but Hujsak dropped it and allowed fans to cheer jubilantly as the Maryland first baseman reached base.

Schreffler ripped one off the second base bag and into center field to score Costes and to extend the Maryland lead to 8-6.

Two-way player Nick Lorusso moved from third base to pitcher in the ninth as he looked to get the Terps back in the win column. 

Lorusso hit Locklear with the pitch and then walked Hujsak. Head Coach Rob Vaughn decided to throw Will Glock on the hill to close it out after Lorusso put runners on the corners with only one out.

Glock fanned Barnett on three pitches, but walked Ericsson to load the bases. With the lights shining down on the field and the fans rowdy, Glock got O’Malley to dribble a ball to Costes to step on first base to end it.

With the win, Maryland advances to 10-2 on the season and will travel to Richmond, Virginia to play Virginia Commonwealth in the second half of the home and home on Wednesday.

Midweek Preview: VCU Rams

After losing their first two games of the season in the LeClair Classic last weekend, No. 21 Maryland looks to get back on track as they face the VCU Rams in a brief home and home series. The Terps will host the Rams at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Tuesday and will play in Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday. 

Luke Shliger had a dynamic weekend as he recorded eight hits and swiped a couple bags. The sophomore slugger raised his stat line to .295/.421/.523 on the season and continues to shine in the leadoff spot to a potent Maryland batting order.

“I think it’s back to the drawing board having good at-bats, playing as a team. I think we got a little individual [last] weekend,” Shliger said about the team’s rough last few games. “We had chances to cash in and I think it’s just being selfless today against VCU.”

Jacob Orr had an impressive weekend, as well. Though he has not served as an everyday player, he has five hits in five games and played a key role in the bottom of the order in Greenville, North Carolina.

“I think we faced a little bit of adversity [last] weekend,” Orr said. They didn’t go the way we wanted [them] to, but we got some good experience from it facing adversity and I think it’ll help us in the long run.”

Maryland’s three aces — Nick Dean, Ryan Ramsey, and Jason Savacool — had a tougher time last weekend than they did against Baylor and Campbell, but were still able to keep their team in each ballgame. Logan Ott has started Maryland’s two midweek games this season, so he is expected to get the ball against Virginia Commonwealth. Reliever Will Glock saw plenty of action over the weekend and maintains a 2.45 ERA on the year.

Virginia Commonwealth Rams (3-7)

Last Season

The Rams concluded last season at the very top of the Atlantic 10 standings with a 38-16 overall record. They went 13-3 in their conference and defeated Saint Joseph’s, Rhode Island, and Dayton to win the Atlantic 10 Tournament. In the NCAA Regional, the Rams beat the Campbell Fighting Campbells in the first game, a ballclub that Maryland swept earlier this season. However, the Rams got blown out by Campbell afterward as well as Mississippi State to end their season. The Rams had a combined slash line of .290/.414/.474 and had a plethora of hitters that swung the bat well all season.

This Season

The Rams are having a rough go of it to start their 2022 campaign, as they have lost five of their last six games and are yet to win back-to-back affairs. The only teams they have beaten so far include Lafayette, Longwood, and Princeton – all of whom are severely struggling. The team has incredibly poor offensive statistics so far, while the pitching has been somewhat serviceable. Virginia Commonwealth has only scored six runs in their last five games and they have been shut out twice in the process.

Hitters to Watch

Virginia Commonwealth has a few players that are playing exceptional baseball, despite the lack of support around them. Logan Amiss has 11 hits in 34 at-bats and has reached base in every game. Tyler Locklear provides more of a power threat as he has four long shots to his name. The two have played in every game for the Rams and are leading the team in almost every offensive statistic.

Pitchers to Watch

Chase Hungate has been the best Rams pitcher by far, boasting a 0.75 ERA through 12 innings pitched. Campbell Ellis put up zeros through seven frames against Rider and Longwood, but later struggled against Ole Miss and Lafayette. He has not seen the mound since March 4, so there is a strong chance the Terps will face him at some point in the series. The Rams do not have the best depth compared to other teams the Terps have faced – especially when matched up against teams like Michigan, Indiana State, and East Carolina – the three teams Maryland played in the LeClair Classic.

Maryland Pitchers

Starting pitching matchups are to be decided for Tuesday and Wednesday, but Logan Ott has taken the hill against UMBC and Delaware this season. Against the Golden Retrievers, he threw four innings of two-run ball. He gave up three runs through 4 2/3 innings against the Blue Hens the following week. His numbers have been consistent throughout, allowing six hits, one walk, and three strikeouts in both games. The Terps are yet to play two midweek games in the same week this season, so no other starting pitcher on the team has gotten a chance to toe the rubber in these types of matchups.

Maryland falls to East Carolina to close out LeClair Classic

Entering the final day of the Keith LeClair Classic with one win and one loss, No. 21 Maryland took on the East Carolina Pirates on Sunday in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Pirates eliminated the Terps last June in the NCAA tournament, and today marked their first meeting since.

Just like the previous game against Indiana State, Luke Shliger started the afternoon with a single on the very first pitch. Chris Alleyne then singled and Matt Shaw drove in Shliger on an infield ground ball.

In the bottom of the first, East Carolina leadoff hitter Bryson Worrell singled, but Jason Savacool picked him off at first base. The sophomore pitcher resumed where he left off from his last two starts with a nine-pitch inning.

Shliger continued to drastically raise his batting average this weekend with another single in the second inning and picked up his seventh stolen base of the season afterward.

Savacool ran into some trouble in the second with third baseman Alec Makarewicz and right fielder Carter Cunningham recorded back-to-back singles. They both advanced to scoring position and shortstop Zach Agnos brought one home on a bunt to tie the game at one.

Bobby Zmarzlak grounded into a double play in the third inning to give the Pirates a quick turnaround.

Worrell rocked a two-run homer into the right field seats to give ECU their first lead of the day. Then, after a Lane Hoover walk, a Jacob Jenkins-Cowart single, and a Makarewicz double, Cunningham flew out to center field and Alleyne threw out Makarewicz at third base.

Maryland was able to bring one run back as Maxwell Costes blasted a home run to make it a 5-2 game.

East Carolina starting pitcher Jake Hunter’s day was finished after 49 pitches through three innings. Sophomore right-hander Danny Beal was given the nod to replace Hunter.

With Troy Schreffler Jr. singling through the left side, Drew Grace struck out as Pirates catcher Justin Wilcoxen gunned down Schreffler at second base for a strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.

In the bottom half of the inning, Maryland turned two themselves to allow for a fast fourth inning.

Savacool finally retired the first batter of the inning for the first time in the fifth frame, but gave up a double to Hoover right after. Hoover then tagged up on a fly ball to center field, and after Matt Shaw misplaced the throw, Hoover was able to score and give the Pirates a four-run lead.

Nick Lorusso and Zmarzlak recorded consecutive singles in the top of the sixth with no outs, prompting East Carolina to bring in Skylar Brooks for relief. Jacob Orr then brought home Lorusso with a single.

In the seventh, Maryland loaded the bases without getting any hits, causing East Carolina to elect Ryder Giles to take the mound. However, for the third time in the game, the Pirates escaped a bases loaded jam with a Schreffler pop up to second base.

Savacool finished his day after seven innings of six-run ball. He allowed nine hits and two walks and notched five strikeouts. Five of his six runs were earned.

In the ninth, the Terps went down in order and fell to the Pirates by a final score of 6-3. The East Carolina win was their fifth straight, putting them above the .500 mark for the first time this season. This is only the second Maryland loss of the season, as they are now 9-2.