Maryland offense powers past Indiana State, puts Terps back in win column

After suffering their first defeat of the season against Michigan, No. 21 Maryland looked to get back in the win column Saturday against Indiana State in Greenville, North Carolina.

The Terps got off to a quick start on the basepaths. Luke Shliger, coming a double short of the cycle in yesterday’s affair, greeted Sycamore starting pitcher Jack Parisi with a single on the first pitch of the game. Chris Alleyne then recorded a single himself and Nick Lorusso walked on four pitches, but no runs crossed the plate.

Maryland starting pitcher Ryan Ramsey kicked off his third start of the season with a seven-pitch inning against a tough Indiana State top three in Jordan Schaffer, Grant Magill, and Josue Urdaneta.

The second inning would contrast, as Ramsey gave up a solo home run to designated hitter Luis Hernandez, giving Indiana State an early 1-0 lead. Center fielder Sean Ross then doubled to score left fielder Aaron Beck to tally another run.

Alleyne countered in the third inning with a solo home run, his first long ball of the season. In the bottom half, Schaffer stole second base after being hit by a pitch. Magill then singled to put runners on the corners and Urdaneta singled to make it a 3-1 ballgame.

In the same inning, Maryland turned a 6-4-3 double play, but a runner crossed the plate in the process for the fourth Sycamore run of the day. Ramsey then struck out Beck to end an arduous inning for the junior pitcher.

Troy Schreffler Jr. and Jacob Orr both singled after Maxwell Costes got hit by the pitch to load the bases with one out for the Terps in the fourth. Riley Langerman kept the merry-go-round in motion with a single, scoring Costes. 

Shliger then hit a sacrifice fly to score Schreffler. Alleyne recorded his third hit of the afternoon as he singled home Orr to tie the game at four.

“We’re extremely confident in the guy that’s up there hitting to do his job and get on base and then pass it on to the next guy,” Schreffler said. “I have full trust in the guys behind me and the guys in front of me and I think as a team that’s really good for us.”

The Terps resumed their bombardment in the fifth as Schreffler poked one just over the outfield wall for a two-run home run. Maryland took a 6-4 lead entering the midway point of the game.

With Jose Cabrera pitching in the sixth, Shliger and Shaw both reached base, but the Terps left them hanging. Ramsey sent the Sycamores down in the bottom half to continue finding his groove.

Lane Miller came in to relieve Cabrera in the seventh after Bobby Zmarzlak notched his first hit of the weekend. Miller put aside Costes, but enabled Schreffler to reach base on a fielder’s choice. Langerman struck out to end the inning after that.

After allowing two one-out base runners in the bottom of the seventh, Matt Orlando came in to relieve Ramsey. Ramsey finished his day after 103 pitches, seven hits, four runs, four walks and four strikeouts.

“The best thing [Ramsey] has done in his three starts this year is he has gotten better as the games have gone on,” Head Coach Rob Vaughn said.

Orlando walked first baseman Diego Gines to juice the bases and walked left fielder Aaron Beck right after to force in a run, making it 6-5 Maryland. Third baseman Randall Diaz later hit a hotshot right at Jacob Orr who put the inning to bed.

Shliger singled to start the eighth and Alleyne followed with a double. Matt Shaw brought them both in with a two-run single. That was enough for Indiana State to call on Raine Richter to succeed Miller.

Heading into the final frame, Schreffler and Zach Martin both got on base via walks. Martin, who is celebrating his birthday today, served as a pinch hitter for Langerman. Schreffler then scored off a Shliger single through the right side, making it 9-5 Terps.

Maryland was not done yet in the ninth. Alleyne hit a sacrifice fly to center field, enabling Martin to score. Shliger came home a few pitches later on a wild pitch. Matt Shaw put the icing on the cake with a solo home run.

“There’s no pressure really on anybody, I think everybody can take over a game, whether it’s Bubba and Luke at the top or Nick, Bob, Max and Troy behind,” Shaw said. “I think all of us work well together.”

Ryan Van Buren came in to close it out for the Terps. He gave up one run as his defense turned a double play, but was able to close the door, giving Maryland a 12-6 victory over Indiana State.

“They really compete with two strikes, they’re pretty gritty,” Vaughn said about Indiana State. “So for [Ramsey] to go up and just continue to get better and get us deep into the game to where we only had to go Orlando [and] Van Buren to finish that thing was huge for us today.”

Maryland suffers first loss of season against Michigan

On a beautiful Friday afternoon in Greenville, North Carolina, No. 21 Maryland took on the Michigan Wolverines to kick off the Keith LeClair Classic.

The Terps put Michigan starter Cameron Weston to work early in the first inning. Luke Shliger swiped third base to raise his stolen base count to six in the early season, but Maryland stayed off the scoreboard.

With Maxwell Costes reaching on an error and Jacob Orr snapping a single in the second inning, Shliger sliced a ball into left field that found its way over the fence for a three-run home run, his second long shot of the season.

Maryland starting pitcher Nick Dean plowed through the Michigan batting order in the first and second innings, allowing one base runner and notching three punchouts. The third frame posed a greater threat as Michigan loaded the bases, but Dean was able to work his way out of the jam scoreless.

In the fourth inning, Maryland was not quick enough to turn a double play after a single by left fielder Tito Flores. However, they successfully turned two on the very next batter to provide Dean with a fast inning. Michigan would counter in the bottom half by turning a double play themselves off an Orr ground ball.


Reaching the halfway point of the game, Dean continued to pick up right where he left off. After five innings of work, the junior limited Michigan to two hits, setting up Maryland for the bottom of the fifth.

With a single in the first inning, a home run in the second, and a triple in the fifth, Shliger put Clark-LeClair Stadium on cycle watch. Chris Alleyne would allow him to score after grounding out to second base.

“I was just trying to get a barrel out there because the [players] behind us can kind of change the game in one swing. So I wasn’t really thinking about it,” Shliger said after coming just short of the cycle.

Michigan thought an inside pitch hit designated hitter Matt Frey in the top of the sixth, but after the play went under review, the pitch was ruled a ball. Frey would loop one into center field for a double two pitches later. The next batter Jimmy Obertop was hit by the pitch – for real this time – initiating a mound visit from Maryland Assistant Coach Mike Morrison.

Dean finally gave up his first run of the season after Flores doubled, scoring Obertop. Head Coach Rob Vaughn prompted reliever Will Glock to replace Dean as a result. Glock would allow a run-scoring fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to 4-2.

Dean finished his third start of the season after 5 1/3 innings with four hits, two earned runs, three walks, and four strikeouts. He finally conceded his first run of the year after 19 1/3 innings pitched.

“[We had] a four-run lead in the sixth and you feel pretty good about where you’re at with Nick Dean on the mound,” Vaughn said. “We just didn’t quite finish, and it’s good, we need to face some adversity.”

Michigan reliever Walker Cleveland replaced Weston after Weston gave up four runs through five frames. Cleveland hit Costes, the first batter he faced, and gave up a double to Orr. Noah Rennard came in for Cleveland that same inning to face Sean Lane, who served as a pinch hitter for Kevin Keister.

In the top of the seventh inning, Riley Bertram hit a two-run shot after a Jack Van Remortel walk to even up the ballgame at four a piece. Glock got the next two Wolverines to fly out and one other to ground out. The heart of the Maryland order went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half.

Coming off the bench was Joey Velasquez who toppled a three-run blast off the foul pole to give Michigan a 7-4 lead in his first plate appearance of the season. The home run capped off seven unanswered runs for Michigan.

“We’ve had some bounces that have gone our way and that’s what you have when you win eight straight, but they hit a three-run jack off the foul pole today,” Vaughn said. “I think the reality is whether things are good, bad or indifferent, we have to do a great job of evaluating.”

Andrew Johnson took the mound in the ninth for the Terps. Despite a first base error, Maryland got through the frame unscathed, and would have one final chance to mount a comeback in the bottom of the ninth.

Willie Weiss came in to pitch the ninth for Michigan and got the save, allowing the Wolverines to defeat the Terrapins by a final score of 7-4.

“Today’s game has zero bearing on tomorrow unless we let it so we got to do a good job and I’m not worried about this group coming with a really good mindset and being ready to go tomorrow,” Vaughn said.

Weekend Preview: Michigan, Indiana State, East Carolina

Cruising into the weekend with a spotless 8-0 record, No. 21 Maryland will face three different teams in Greenville, North Carolina. Matchups include Michigan (6-3) on Friday, Indiana State (5-2) on Saturday, and East Carolina (3-5) on Sunday. The games are part of the LeClair Classic and will be played at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

The Terps rattled off a season-high 14 runs in their destruction of Delaware on Tuesday. Troy Schreffler Jr. continued his blazing start with his first home run of the season and had a four-hit day. Nick Lorusso pitched the seventh and eighth innings while also managing to get two hits. Maxwell Costes smashed a two-run shot to eventually blow the game wide open.

While the offense is coming off a monstrous couple games, the pitching has held up its end, as well. Logan Ott got three strikeouts, one walk, and three earned runs through 4.2 innings in his start against the Blue Hens while Will Glock slammed the door shut. Maryland was able to limit Delaware to four runs as they capped off a blowout at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

Maryland’s three studs are expected to pitch this weekend in Nick Dean, Ryan Ramsey, and Jason Savacool. The three have given up a combined six earned runs and have fanned 40 batters in 42 innings of dominant baseball. All three starters have a 2-0 record after getting wins against Baylor and Campbell.

Michigan Wolverines (6-3)

Last Season

The Wolverines finished the 2021 season one game behind the Terps with a 27-17 record. The most at-bats they faced of any team was Maryland, so the two have plenty of experience facing each other from last season’s all-Big Ten play. Michigan had the upper edge over Maryland, taking the season series 3-2.

This Season

Michigan has had a potent offense so far this year. In 326 combined plate appearances, the team has 96 hits, 27 doubles, and 11 home runs. They have come out on top in five of their last six games entering the weekend.

Hitters to Watch

The Wolverines have six players hitting over .300 and five of them have an OPS over .900. Elliott Clark and Joe Stewart lead the team in these categories, as well as home runs, while Ted Burton and Matt Frey trail right behind them.

Pitchers to Watch

Cameron Weston is scheduled to take the mound against the Terps. He has a 4.50 ERA and has allowed 15 hits through 10 innings so far this season, but his numbers were much better last season where posted a 2.81 ERA through 83.1 innings. The 6-2 junior pitched against Texas Tech and Seton Hall in February, getting a no decision in the former and the win in the latter.

Indiana State Sycamores (5-2)

Last Season

Indiana State finished in second place in the Missouri Valley Conference last season after going 31-21. The Sycamores did not face the Terrapins at all, nor any of the other Big Ten teams. After a strong regular season, they would eventually fall to the No. 2 Georgia Tech twice to exit the NCAA Tournament.

This Season

The Sycamores are riding a three-game winning streak into this weekend with two blowout victories against Minnesota and one against Merrimack. They have gotten a fair share of Big Ten play so far with not only two games against Minnesota, but also two against Ohio State in which they lost both.

Hitters to Watch

Jordan Schaffer has been leading the way for the Indiana State offense. The redshirt senior has a slash line of .414/.528/.586 so far and has 12 hits in 29 plate appearances. He is also on a 19-game hitting streak dating back to last season. Diego Gines, redshirt sophomore, has also been consistently getting on base with 11 hits and five walks in 27 at-bats.

Pitchers to Watch

Matt Jachec has been one of the best pitchers for Indiana State, notching a 1.35 ERA in 13.1 innings pitched. He also has an impressive 13 strikeouts and no walks to his name in his two wins. Aside from Jachec, pitching has somewhat struggled – every other pitcher that has tossed at least six innings has an ERA well over the 4.00 mark.

East Carolina Pirates (3-5)

Last Season

East Carolina had a terrific 2021 season as they boasted a 44-17 record. Their 20-8 performance in the American Athletic Conference allowed them to secure a first place finish. They beat Maryland in the Greenville Regional last June by a final score of 9-6, but would eventually lose to Vandervilt twice in the Nashville Super Regional.

This Season

Unlike last season’s record, the Pirates have gotten the short end of the stick so far, entering the weekend with a 3-5 record. They got swept by Bryant University to kick off the year, but are 3-2 since then. They defeated Campbell 10-3, a team that Maryland swept in a three-game set and outscored 16-3.

Hitters to Watch

The Pirates have quite a few players that are clicking offensively in Lane Hoover, Justin Wilcoxen, Cowart Jenkins, and Alec Makarewicz. All of whom have above-average batting averages, on-base percentages, and slugging percentages. The team as a whole is coming off 17 runs in their last two games.

Pitchers to Watch

Josh Grosz has been lighting it up in the bullpen with 12 strikeouts and a 1.12 ERA in eight innings of work. He has only given up four hits in 28 batters faced. Jake Hunter has started both Sunday matchups for East Carolina this season, so if he goes again this Sunday, the Terps can expect a strong starting pitcher. He has given up only one run in 7.1 innings in his two starts, but has not gotten a win yet this year.

Probable Starting pitching matchups:

Friday, 12:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (2-0, 0.00 ERA) vs Jr. RHP Cameron Weston (1-0, 4.50 ERA)

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Nick Dean has delivered seven shutout frames against Baylor and Campbell, giving up just seven hits across those 14 innings. Dean has yet to give up a run this season and opposing hitters are only faring a .146 batting average against him.

Cameron Weston has not been particularly fantastic in his first two starts. He gave up three earned runs to Texas Tech and two to Seton Hall, but was able to sneak out wins in both of tose games. He has five walks and 13 strikeouts in ten innings of work so far this year.

Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (2-0, 2.08 ERA) vs TBD

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Ryan Ramsey pitched very effectively in his first start to the season against Baylor, but was even more impressive the following week against Campbell. Through his two starts, the New Jersey native has allowed just nine hits and three earned runs in 13 innings.

Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (2-0, 1.80 ERA) vs Fr. RHP Jake Hunter (0-0, 1.23 ERA)

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Jason Savacool dominated against Baylor to begin his sophomore season by easing through eight innings of three-run ball (two earned). He continued his incredible performance against Campbell as he gave up his four hits and earned his second victory of the season.

Jake Hunter has been very serviceable for East Carolina in his two starts. He has a 1.23 ERA in a combined 7.1 innings and has given up four hits in those two games. He did not receive a win or loss in either of his starts, though the team won one of them and lost the other.