Terps drop series finale against PSU

Maryland clinched the series win earlier today in the first game of Saturday’s double header but were not able to complete the sweep in a 10-7 loss to the Nittany Lions in Game 2.

Both offenses put on a hitting clinic in the evening game as the Terps tallied 11 hits and Penn State had 13. The difference in the game came by the walk. Terps pitchers allowed six bases on balls while the Nittany Lions staff only allowed two.

The Terps jumped ahead in the top of the first inning after two straight hits off PSU starter Bailey Dees from AJ Lee and Randy Bednar. Taylor Wright bunted them over to move the runners over to second and third base. Penn State then nabbed Lee at home from a fielder’s choice off the bat of Max Costes. Caleb Walls then lined a single to right field to score Bednar and give Maryland a 1-0 lead.

Penn State tied it up in the bottom of the 1st inning and took the lead in the third which was a huge inning for the Nittany Lions. They scored 5 runs on 5 hits. All of the runs driven in were off Penn State singles from Ryan Ford, Ryan Sloniger, Mac Hippenhammer, and Conlin Hughes.

Terps starter Trevor LaBonte was pulled after the second Penn State run came across but was responsible for the three runners left on base when Drew Wilden came into the game, which he all let score. This ended LaBonte’s day with 2 innings pitched, 5 earned runs, 3 hits, and 3 walks.

In the 4th inning, Justin Vought led off the inning with a hit by pitch, Michael Pineiro singled, and Ben Cowles reached on a throwing error from pitcher Mason Mellott to load the bases.

Chris Alleyne was then hit by a pitch to score a run. The next batter, Lee, grounded a ball to the shortstop who flipped to second base for one out, but second baseman Kremer through it past the first baseman which allowed Lee to be safe at first. Pineiro and Cowles scored on the play to make it 6-4 Nittany Lions.

Penn State tacked on another run in the bottom of the 4th off of a double play from Kremer which scored Jordan Bowersox to make it 7-4.

The Terps pesky offense scratched across two more runs in the 5th off a Pineiro 2 RBI single which was set up by a sacrifice bunt by Vought that moved Wall and Costes to second and third base, respectively. That pulled the score to 7-6.

But Maryland pitching just could not hold these Nittany Lion bats quiet after Sean Fisher came in for Mark DiLuia in the bottom of the 5th inning. Derek Orndorff drove a Fisher delivering to right center field for a 2 RBI double to make it 9-6.

Maryland’s final run came in the sixth off of a Wright single that drove in Lee.

Hippenhammer led the way offensively for the Nittany Lions, going 3 for 5 with a triple and two runs scored. Kyle Virbitsky came into pitch for Penn State in the 7th, going 3 strong innings, allowing 0 runs despite 3 hits and 2 walks.

For the Terps, Pineiro was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI in the loss, which moved Maryland to 22-22 on the season.

Maryland’s next game will be Wednesday, May 1 at Villanova. First pitch will be at 3:30 p.m.

Terps drop third straight midweek game in 9-5 loss to George Mason

The Terp’s offense could not get the bats going early on Wednesday against George Mason starting pitcher freshman Patrick Halligan in a 9-5 loss to the Patriots. Maryland is now 18-19 on the season.

Halligan came into the best start of his season with a 7.76 ERA and a .331 opponent’s batting average but managed to carve up the Maryland offense that scored 32 runs over the weekend against Northeastern. Halligan went 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, two hits, two walks, and two earned runs in what was the longest outing of his career. Halligan is now 3-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 6.81.

George Mason jumped on Terps starter Drew Wilden in the first inning from a bases loaded, two-RBI single from Aaron Yurko that scored Tim Quinn and Bailey Klein. Then in the third, Klein blasted an opposite field home run to add to his productive day and give George Mason a 3-0 lead.

Mark DiLuia came into pitch in the fourth inning to relieve Wilden and quickly let up a double from Yurko, single from Greg Popatak, and RBI single from Daniel Brooks to put the Patriots up 4-0. A walk and hit-by-pitch from Logan Driscoll made the score 5-0.

The Patriots added on two more runs in the sixth inning off Sean Fisher via RBI from Alejandro Aponte and Klein to make it 7-0.

The Terps finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning. After a Zach Doss walk, a Caleb Walls single and a George Mason pitching change to Mason Posey, Michael Pineiro drove them in on a two-RBI single to right field. AJ Lee followed it up with an RBI single for himself, scoring Ben Cowles, who reached on a walk earlier in the inning, to make it 7-3.

Maryland closer John Murphy came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning to try to hold the deficit but failed to do so, letting up two runs on a hit an error, a HBP, and two walks.

Maryland threatened and even put some runs on the board in the top of the ninth after a Cowles HBP, a Lee double, a Randy Bednar sac fly to centerfield and Taylor Wright singled to make it 9-5.

For George Mason, Bailey Klein was 2-for-3 with with a home run and three runs scored while Aaron Yurko was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Michael Pineiro led the Terps offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI on the day. Lee and Wright also had two hits for Maryland.

The Maryland pitching staff let up eight walks and nine hits on the day. Of the nine runs scored by George Mason, four were unearned. The Maryland defense also committed two errors.

The Terps next matchup will be a weekend series starting this Friday against Ohio State in College Park. First pitch on Friday will be at 6:30 p.m.

Game Preview: George Mason Patriots

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Maryland baseball (18-18) lost 14-1 on Tuesday against James Madison but will look to put that showing in the past when the Terps take on George Mason on the road Wednesday in another midweek game.

George Mason took down Maryland 8-5 in the last matchup, which was in 2017 since last year’s game was cancelled and not rescheduled. The two sides will not play each other again for the rest of this season. The Patriots are 2-14 in their last 16 games. Their last series win came against Manhattan College in early March.

Maryland will look to improve on its 4-1 record in road midweek games this year. Overall, the Terps have performed better on the road than at home with an 11-7 record away from College Park.

Before Tuesday, the Terps bats had been hot as of late. Despite only the one run against James Madison, they’ve still plated 50 runs in their last 6 games. The now three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Maxwell Costes is slashing .280/.411/.500 on the season. He leads all eligible Maryland hitters in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Randy Bednar is also having a successful season at the dish, leading the Terps with 39 hits, seven home runs, and 33 RBI. Freshman Andrew Vail is having himself a solid season out of the bullpen, leading all Maryland pitchers with an 1.86 ERA in 12 appearances.

George Mason Patriots (13-21, 1-8 A10)

Last Season

George Mason was 29-27 last season, making it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship but lost to No. 1 seed Saint Louis. They posted a 16-8 record in conference play which earned them the No. 2 seed in the A10 Tournament.

This Season

George Mason comes into Wednesday’s game with a 13-21 record but have defended its home turf well with a 9-6 record in Fairfax. On the road, the Patriots are an abysmal 1-15. They are last in the conference standings with a 1-8 record.

Hitters to Watch

Junior Logan Driscoll leads the Patriots in every major offensive category with a .339 batting average and eight home runs. He is also getting on base at an outrageous clip with a .475 OBP. Sophomore Cam Reckling has also stood out at the plate for the Patriots, batting .282 with 37 hits.

Pitchers to Watch

James Beasley, a reliever, leads the Patriots with a 3.31 ERA and an 0.93 WHIP in 10 appearances. None of the Patriot starting pitchers are posting quality numbers this year with ace Brian Marconi leading the rotation with a 5.03 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched.

Maryland beats Delaware 11-6 for a second time this season

Though it took Maryland’s offense a few innings to warm up Wednesday against Delaware, once the Terps took the lead they stayed ahead, defeating the Blue Hens 11-6 in Newark, Delaware, for Maryland’s 10th win of the season.

The Blue Hens jumped out to an early one-run lead in the first inning, extending their lead in the second on a leadoff solo homer from Jack Goan and an RBI single from Erik Bowren.

The Terp’s offense––on a hot streak as of late–– showed out in the fourth inning. Maryland pounced on Delaware pitchers Joey Haass and Jack Dubecq, putting up  four runs to take the lead. After a leadoff walk from sophomore Tommy Gardiner, senior Caleb Walls drove an RBI triple to the right-center field wall to put the Terps on the board.

Then, Randy Bednar drove in Walls with a single to left, and with two outs in the inning, Benjamin Cowles knocked a two-RBI double down the left-field line to score Bednar and Maxwell Costes to make the score 4-3.

Both offenses went cold for a few innings, until Maryland loaded the bases in the top of the eighth. With two outs, the two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Costes smashed a grand slam to left field, extending the Terps’ lead to 8-3.

Delaware pulled a little closer in the bottom of the eighth, capitalizing on a few walks and Maryland errors to put up a three-run rally.

But in the bottom of the ninth, after a wild pitch from Delaware pitcher C.J. Schaible allowed Sebastian Holte-Mancera to cross the plate, Chris Alleyne stepped in th ebox with one runner on and blasted his third home run of the season, giving Maryland an 11-6 lead.

Terrapin head coach Rob Vaughn heavily utilized his bullpen against Delaware again this week, starting sophomore Drew Wilden, but taking him out in the second inning with one out, after he gave up five hits and three runs.The lefty struck out three in his 1.1-inning outing. Freshman Will Glock entered for 1.2 innings, giving up  one hit but walking three.

Juniors Tuck Tucker and Elliot Zoellner gave up only one hit combined, pitching two innings each. Nick Turnbull came in for Zoellner in the eighth, giving up three unearned runs in the inning. Freshman Daniel O’Connor came in for the ninth inning to give Maryland their 10th win of the young season.

Maryland will be challenged by No. 17 East Carolina this weekend for a three-game series in College Park.

 

Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens

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After taking two of three from Stetson over the weekend, Maryland ((9-5) will look to keep the offense rolling on the road Wednesday as it takes on Delaware (1-13) for the second time this season. 

Last Tuesday, Maryland came back to beat the Blue Hens, 11-6, in College Park. Terps catcher Justin Vought went 3-for-5 in the win and head coach Rob Vaughn used the game as an opportunity for a bullpen day, using seven relievers.

Maryland’s offense had its way with Stetson pitching all weekend, scoring 22 runs in the three-game series. Center fielder Chris Alleyne had six hits, while Max Costes and Taylor Wright both tallied five hits over the weekend. Before being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, Costes accumulated 6 RBIs, including his second homer of the season. Costes currently leads all Maryland starters with a .538 slugging percentage.

Alleyne also had a big series, hitting his first two home runs of the year in Sunday’s 8-4 win. He also contributed two doubles and 5 RBIs over the course of the series.

It was an all-around impressive pitching performance for the Terps in Friday’s 7-0 win. Starting pitcher, Hunter Parsons, allowed only six hits, one walk, while recording 10 strikeouts. The bullpen, consisting of Nick Turnbull, Andrew Vail, Mark DiLuia and John Murphy let up no hits and only 2 walks in the game.

Delaware Blue Hens (1-13, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

Delaware finished off 2018 with a 31-27 record, going 13-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They were eliminated by Northeastern in the CAA tournament to end the season. The Blue Hens lost two key players from last year’s winning season to the MLB Draft. One of them being Nick Patten, who was their main source of offense. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates while starting pitcher Kyle Hinton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

This Season

Delaware is 1-13 on the season, but look to gain momentum from Sunday’s win over Fairfield, which was their first win of the season. Two weekends ago, the Blue Hens were dominated by New Mexico State in a four-game series, letting up 54 runs in four losses over three days.

Hitters to Watch

Sophomore Zack Miller leads the Blue Hens with a .326 batting average and 15 hits on the season. He’s also tallied a homer and 6 RBIs, while posting a .435 slugging percentage.

Another important contributor is Jordan Hutchins, who leads the team in doubles with four, home runs with two, and RBIs with nine. Hutchins is currently slugging .440 on the season.

Relievers to Watch

After losing a lot of their bullpen production from last season, the Blue Hens have yet to find much relief pitching consistency. Jack Dubecq and Justin Tomovich have been bright spots for Delaware’s ‘pen. Dubecq has posted a 2.35 ERA with 7 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s also held his opponents to a .222 batting average so far this season.

Despite only throwing four innings so far, Tomovich has been solid. He has a 2.25 ERA and has recorded three strikeouts, holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. ET

TBA vs. TBA

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Sophomore left-hander Drew Wilden has started in both of Maryland’s midweek games this season. He only lasted four outs last week against Delaware, still working his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

Delaware’s only midweek game of the season was the one against Maryland. The Blue Hens threw freshman right-hander Joey Silan, who allowed five runs in five innings.