Rankings Update: Week of 3/20/17

The Terps (12-6) have hit their stride. Though they were one hit by #11 North Carolina on Tuesday, Maryland bounced back by sweeping the Princeton Tigers at home this weekend. Having won 11 of their last 12, the Terrapins are about as hot as any team in the NCAA.

This 3-1 week wasn’t enough to put the Terps back into the national rankings, however. Their last appearance on any list was the week of 2/27/17/.

Maryland will head to Wilmington this week for a two game set against the Seahawks (8-9) before coming home to play their first Big Ten series against #18 Michigan (15-4).

Michigan remains the only team in the Big Ten to be ranked nationally.

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll: Unranked

Rankings Update: Week of 3/13/17

The Maryland Terrapins (9-5) are rolling. Wins against William & Mary and Saint Josephs followed by a weekend sweep of Bryant University makes it eight straight victories for the Terps.

This 5-0 week wasn’t enough to put Maryland back in the rankings however, as they’ve been completely unranked since the week of 2/27/17.

This week, the Terps will visit Chapel Hill, North Carolina to take on the No. 11 Tar Heels (12-4) before coming home for a three game weekend series against Princeton (2-6).

With the Terrapins remaining unranked, Michigan is once again the only Big Ten team to be ranked nationally, appearing at No. 21 on D1Baseball and No. 24 on Baseball America.

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Unranked

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll: Unranked

Rankings Update: Week of 2/27/17

The Terrapins (1-5) continue to slide this week after getting swept by LSU in Baton Rouge. After going into the week unranked in every poll except for Perfect Game (23), the Terps’ struggles against the Tigers have dropped them from all top-25 rankings.

Maryland will look for redemption this week with a Wednesday home opener against James Madison University (6-1) and a weekend in North Carolina for the USA Baseball-Irish Classic. There, they will play Notre Dame (1-6), No. 6 NC State (4-2), and Dayton (2-4).

With Maryland dropping out of the rankings, there is not a single Big Ten team that is nationally ranked.

D1Baseball.com: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Perfect Game: Dropped Out

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll: Received Votes

Rankings Update: Week of 2/20/17

The Terrapins (1-2) entered the weekend ranked in the top-25 in three of the major polls: D1Baseball (22), Baseball America (24), and Perfect Game (23). After dropping its first two contests of the season and finishing the Clearwater Tournament with a 1-2 record, Maryland has dropped out of two of those three polls. The Terps are, however, still ranked in the Perfect Game poll, but fell from No. 23 to No. 25.

LSU, the Terps’ opponent this weekend, moved up in the D1Baseball poll from No. 12 to No. 5, held at No. 4 in the Baseball America poll, and stayed at No. 2 in the Perfect Game poll after going 3-0 this past weekend against Army.

Maryland is still the only Big Ten team to be ranked or receive votes. The various polls can be found linked below:

D1Baseball.com: Dropped Out

Baseball America: Dropped Out

Perfect Game: No. 25

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches’ Poll: Received Votes

 

Preseason Countdown: Tyler Blohm, #21

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 21 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #21, Tyler Blohm.

LHP Tyler Blohm
LHP Tyler Blohm

Position: Pitcher

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 6’3” / 180

Hometown: Millersville, Md.

Previous School: Archbishop Spalding High School

2016 Spring Stats (High School): 66 IP, 9-0, 0.74 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 103 K

2016 Summer Stats (Baltimore Redbirds, Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League): 26 IP, 1-0, 2.07 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 26 K

About Tyler: One of the most decorated high school players in the state, Tyler Blohm comes to Maryland after an impressive senior season at Archbishop Spalding in which he had an ERA and WHIP under 1.00. Along with fellow Terp Barrett Smith, Blohm led Spalding to a third straight MIAA A Conference title in 2016 and racked up numerous individual awards, including Maryland Gatorade Player of the Year,  Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year, Capital Gazette Communications Baseball Player of the Year and first-team Washington Post All-Metro. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 17th round of the 2016 MLB Draft, but did not sign, electing to pitch for Maryland instead. Over the summer, Blohm pitched for the Cal Ripken League’s Baltimore Redbirds alongside Marty Costes, Mike Rescigno, Hunter Parsons, and Andrew Miller, and again excelled, posting a 2.07 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 26 innings. The lefty hurler, who features a low-90s fastball as well as a plus curveball and a changeup, will join a strong Terps rotation that includes Parsons, Brian Shaffer and Taylor Bloom.

Preseason Countdown: Madison Nickens, #23

Maryland Baseball Network is counting down to Opening Day! Today marks 23 days until the start of the 2017 season, so here’s a look at #23, Madison Nickens.

madison-nickens
OF Madison Nickens

MADISON NICKENS | 23

Position: Outfield

Bats/Throws: L/L

Height/Weight: 6’2” / 210

Hometown: Gonzales, La.

Previous School: LSU-Eunice

2016 Spring Stats: .260 (54-for-208), 6 2B, 8 HR, 28 RBI, 40 R, .362 OBP, .428 SLG

2016 Summer Stats (Mat-Su Miners, Alaska Baseball League): .146 (6-for-41), 4 R, 3 RBI, 6 BB

About Madison: After transferring from LSU-Eunice, Madison Nickens put together a strong season in his first year with the Terps. The outfielder led the team in runs scored (40) and stolen bases (8) while finishing second in home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.428) and fourth in total bases (88). He started 54 of the team’s 57 games and saw playing time in all three outfield spots, as well as at DH. He started the season as the leadoff hitter and was immediately a catalyst, reaching base in the first 13 games of the season, but moved lower in the order as the season progressed. He fell into a slump over the summer, hitting under .200 in limited action for the Mat-Su Miners of the Alaska League, but the versatility, speed and power he showed last spring will make him a reliable piece in John Szefc’s lineup this season.

Terps ranked in Top-25 in three preseason polls

The Maryland Terrapins were listed in the Top-25 of three preseason rankings ahead of the 2017 season.

The Terps were ranked No. 22 by D1 Baseball, No. 23 by Perfect Game and No. 24 by Baseball America. It is the first time Maryland is ranked in the Top-25 since the end of the 2015 season (Terps were not ranked in Top-25 in 2016).

After a trip to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals last season, D1Baseball’s Aaron Fitt believes Maryland has the “star power, depth, balance and experience to make a deep run” in 2017.

“[Maryland’s] lineup returns six everyday regulars and two other players who started about half the team’s games last year,” Fitt wrote, “making this an experienced group that should turn in plenty of quality at-bats.”

Related: D1Baseball’s Aaron Fitt joins the Maryland Baseball Podcast

All three rankings have Maryland as the only Big Ten Conference team in the top-25, putting the Terps in the early conversation as conference favorite in 2017. Maryland, after missing NCAA Tournament play last year, looks to return this spring and build on back-to-back Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2015.

Shortstop Kevin Smith was named D1Baseball’s 2016 Summer Breakout Prospect after a stellar summer with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League. Smith was also named the No. 10 junior prospect in the country by Perfect Game, a few weeks after being named a Preseason First-Team All-American by the same publication.

Smith wasn’t the only Terp to receive prospect accolades. RHP Mike Rescigno was named the top prospect in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League after a strong summer with the Baltimore Redbirds. This past week, Rescigno was named No. 1 senior prospect in the country by Perfect Game. He figures to be a key late-inning option for the Terps this season.

Senior Nick Cieri, who was ranked 25th on Perfect Game’s top senior draft prospect list, returns to the lineup while Nick Dunn, who hit .300 in 2016, looks to build on a stellar rookie season.

terps-in-rankings

Additionally, starters RHP Brian Shaffer and RHP Taylor Bloom each pitched over 100 innings with a sub-2.60 ERA in 2016, and both with more starts than walks. RHP Hunter Parsons, who emerged late last season as a strong starting option, also looks to be a big part of the 2017 rotation after garnering Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Pitcher of the Year honors this past summer.

Maryland opens it’s season in the Clearwater Tournament on Feb. 17 against Ball St. Every game this season can be listened to live on the Maryland Baseball Network.