Rankings Update: Week of 5/29

After losing their last four regular season series, the Maryland Terrapins limped into the Big Ten tournament. The Terps  (37-21, 15-9 Big Ten) lost their opening contest to Iowa, 9-8, but then defeated Purdue, Nebraska and Northwestern, staving off elimination three times to make it to the tournament semifinals. Needing just one win to make an appearance in the Big Ten championship game, the Terps fell 6-5 to Northwestern Sunday. The loss denied Maryland a chance to play for a Big Ten title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 

Losing in the Big Ten semifinals kept the Terps out of the rankings again this week, and despite a solid 34 RPI, a shakeup in other conference tournaments around the country leaves Maryland on the bubble for the NCAA Tournament. 

With the NCAA Tournament selection show coming up at 12 p.m. Monday, the Terps will soon find out their postseason fate. 

Baseball America: Unranked

RPI: 34

Rankings Update: Week of 5/22/17

The Maryland Terrapins (34-19, 15-9 Big Ten) started off the second half of their season very well, but have since struggled mightily. The Terps finished their regular season in High Point, North Carolina, dropping the first two games of the series, but finished with a win.

Maryland, after losing their fourth straight weekend series, remains out of the rankings across the board. They finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten regular season standings.

The Terps will begin postseason play this week as they take on the fifth-seeded Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday night. Iowa finished the season with the exact same overall and conference record as Maryland. The Hawkeyes won their last four weekend series though, while the Terps lost their last four. The winner of the game will take on either Nebraska or Purdue.

Big Ten: T-4

D1Baseaball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

RPI: 33


Rankings Update: Week of 5/15/17

After a strong start to the season and Big Ten play, the Maryland Terrapins (33-17, 15-9 Big Ten) have struggled of late, losing their last three weekend series. Over the weekend, they dropped two out of three to Northwestern at home – just their second and third losses in College Park this season. They currently sit fourth in the Big Ten, but with their regular season conference schedule over, their final position in the Big Ten standings will be decided by the rest of the conference next weekend while the Terps scoreboard watch from High Point, North Carolina.

Maryland entered the week ranked in just one national poll (Perfect Game, 25), but after a 2-2 week and with two home losses to Northwestern, the Terps have dropped out of all major rankings. They have also fallen to 36th in RPI, a drop of 12 spots since last week.

While the Terps can no longer influence their finish in the Big Ten standings, they will look to close out the regular season strong when they face off against High Point. The Panthers are not ranked in any national poll and sit 132th in RPI.

Big Ten: 4

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked

RPI: 36


Rankings Update: Week of 5/8/17

The Maryland Terrapins (31-15, 14-7 Big Ten), who dropped two of three to Illinois this past weekend, have now lost four of their last seven games after winning seven in a row prior to this rough patch.

The Terps, after losing another weekend series, have fallen to second in the Big Ten. They remain ranked in just one major poll at the very last spot, 25.

Maryland, who has not played at home since April 23, will finally return home to the “Bob” this week. The Terps will take on UMBC (18-19, 10-7 America East) on Tuesday. Maryland will face James Madison (21-22, 5-13 Colonial) the next day. They will stay at home to face Northwestern (19-27, 8-10 Big Ten) for a three-game weekend series.

The Retrievers have won seven of their last nine games, and are coming off a series split with Maine. James Madison is coming off a series where they were swept by William & Mary, a team Maryland has beaten twice this year.

Northwestern just finished taking two of three from conference-foe Purdue. The Wildcats have no mid-week games this week, so will have four days rest coming into the series in College Park.


Big Ten: 2

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: 25

RPI: 24

Rankings Update: Week of 5/1/17

The Maryland Terrapins (29-13, 13-5 Big Ten) came into this past week winners of seven straight, but dropped two of three games in Bloomington against the Indiana Hoosiers.

Maryland pushed themselves back into the rankings last week after a sweep of Michigan State and even though they went under .500 this past week, they remain ranked. The Terps are also still first in the Big Ten.

The Terps again this week will be playing away from College Park. They will make the short trip over to Aberdeen to face Towson (16-25, 4-11 Colonial) on Wednesday. Maryland will then go all the way out to Champaign to take on Illinois (18-23, 5-10 Big Ten) for a three-game set.

The Tigers started off the year 6-1, but soon after lost 11 of 12. They are coming off a weekend series against William & Mary, whom Maryland defeated twice this year. The Tribe defeated Towson in two of three games to take the series.

Illinois has been a streaky team this season, seven times having a winning or losing streak of at least three games. They are coming off a weekend series in Minnesota where they took the last two games to win the series.


Big Ten: 1

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: 23

Perfect Game: 22

RPI: 20

Rankings Update: Week of 4/24/17

Coming off a weekend sweep of Penn State, the Maryland Terrapins (28-11, 12-3 Big Ten) defeated William & Mary on Wednesday for the second time this season, and then came back home for another sweep; this time beating Michigan State.

The Terps have now won seven consecutive game and have catapulted themselves back into the rankings in most major polls. Maryland is also now first in the Big Ten and boasts an impressive 18-1 record at home this season.

Maryland will have to do a lot of traveling this week as they try to continue their recent success. They will travel to Harrisonburg, Virginia to take on James Madison on Tuesday, and then head out Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Indiana Hoosiers for a three-game set.

James Madison (18-21, 3-12 Colonial) also faced William & Mary last week, but fared considerably worse than Maryland. The Dukes got swept, extending their losing streak to seven games coming into the game against Maryland.

Indiana (21-16-2, 8-6-1 Big Ten) is coming off a big weekend where they took two of three in Ann Arbor from a ranked Michigan team. The Hoosiers fell to Butler earlier in the week though, so they came out with an even 2-2 record.

Rankings Breakdown (click links for full rankings):

Big Ten: 1

D1Baseball.com: 22

Baseball America: 21

Perfect Game: 19

RPI: 27

Rankings Update: Week of 4/17/17

After coming back to defeat West Virginia and falling to George Mason, the Maryland Terrapins (24-11, 9-3 Big Ten) swept Penn State at home in an exciting series, to improve to 15-1 on the season in College Park.

The Terps, who fell out of the rankings last week due to a series loss against Nebraska, remain unranked in the three major polls. Maryland is second in the Big Ten, only trailing Minnesota.

Maryland has four games this week, including the second game of the season of the William & Mary (18-19, 4-5 Colonial). In the first matchup, Maryland defeated the Tribe 9-8 at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

After making the trek up to Virginia Wednesday, Maryland will come back home to take on conference-foe Michigan State (20-12, 5-4 Big Ten). The Spartans are coming off a series win against Ohio State.


Big Ten: 2

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked

RPI: 34

Rankings Update: Week of 4/10/17

Following a midweek come-from-behind victory over Richmond, the Maryland Terrapins (20-10, 6-3 Big Ten) lost their first series since February when they dropped a the rubber game of a three-game set against Nebraska over the weekend.

Maryland, which cracked the top 25 rankings last week following a sweep over Big Ten rival Rutgers, has dropped out of the top 25 in D1Baseball and Baseball America’s poll and remains unranked in Perfect Game’s ranking.

The Terps have a busy week as they are scheduled to play five games over a six day span. Maryland will open this week’s play with a home meeting with former ACC rival West Virginia before it takes the short trip to Fairfax, Virginia to take on George Mason.

The Mountaineers (19-11, 6-3 Big 12) recently had their six-game winning streak snapped with a loss on Sunday to Kansas while George Mason (12-20, 3-3 A-10) has lost five of its last seven.

Then, over the weekend, the Terps will host a three-game series with Penn State (11-19, 1-5 Big Ten), which has lost eight of its last 10 games.

Big Ten: T-3

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked

RPI: 32

Rankings Update: Week of 4/3/17

The Terps (18-8, 5-1 Big Ten) had themselves another successful week, taking care of business in Piscataway, Nj., sweeping Rutgers (10-17, 0-3 Big Ten) in the three-game series. Maryland has won 17 of its last 20 since their 1-5 start, including six of their last seven. The Terps currently sit tied for second place in the Big Ten behind Minnesota (18-8, 6-0 Big Ten).

Maryland is tied in the Big Ten Standings with the Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-10-1, 2-0-1), the Terps’ opponent this coming weekend out in Lincoln, Neb.

The 3-0 week was enough to put the Terps back into the rankings for the first time since the first week. They currently rank No. 25 in Baseball America’s Top 25 and No. 24 in D1 Baseball’s Top 25. However they remain unranked on Perfect Game.

Of Maryland’s previous opponents, two find themselves in the top five (Louisville, UNC), and LSU checks in at No. 13. Michigan (No. 18) is the only other Big Ten team to be ranked. N.C. State, which was No. 6 in the nation when the Terps beat the Wolfpack in Cary, Nc., is still unranked.

This week, The Terps will play a game against Richmond (11-15) at home on Tuesday and then head to Lincoln Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers (15-10-1, 2-0-1 Big Ten).

Big Ten: T-2

D1Baseball.com: No. 24

Baseball America: No. 25

Perfect Game: Unranked

RPI: 48



Rankings Update: Week of 3/27/17

After winning 11 of its last 12 games heading into this past week, Maryland (15-8) yielded a winning record for the fourth-straight week. The Terps split a two-game midweek series with UNC Wilmington before opening up Big Ten play at home against Michigan. Maryland won the first two games to clinch the series victory, but were unable to complete another weekend sweep.

The 3-2 week and first series win in Big Ten competition was not enough to put the Terps back in any of the national rankings. Maryland’s last appearance in the Top 25 was a month ago during the week of Feb. 27.

Despite dropping the series to Maryland, Michigan remains the only Big Ten team ranked by any media outlet.

Maryland heads to Philadelphia Wednesday for its second game of the season against Saint Joseph’s (5-11), who the Terps beat 11-5 in College Park on March 8. Maryland then plays Rutgers (10-3) this weekend for its first Big Ten road series.

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked