Preseason Countdown No. 1: Baylor Series Preview

The wait is finally over. Tomorrow night, Maryland Baseball will take the field in Waco, Texas, to open up the 2022 season against Baylor. Maryland ended last season with a 30-18 record, losing in the NCAA regional round to East Carolina. While the season ended in heartbreak for the Terps, it brought a lot of hope and optimism that this program is about to take the next step in becoming a major threat in the Big Ten and all of college baseball.

In Head Coach Rob Vaughn’s fifth year at the helm of this Terps squad, he brings in a dangerous weekend rotation consisting of Nick Dean, Ryan Ramsey and Jason Savacool. D1baseball.com named Nick Dean preseason Big Ten pitcher of the year and he will be the Friday night starter for Maryland. Ramsey led the team with a 1.67 ERA out of the bullpen in 16 appearances last season. He will slot in as Maryland’s Saturday starter. Savacool had a bumpy end to his freshman season, but he still led the team with seven wins in 14 starts and will look to build upon this as Maryland’s Sunday starter.

Maryland’s lineup features a plethora of returning stars for Maryland in senior Maxwell Costes, sophomore Matt Shaw and fifth year senior Chris Alleyne. Costes was an all around threat at the plate for the Terps, slashing .310/.512/.483 in 2021. Shaw is coming off a fantastic freshman season in which he led the team with a .332 batting average and 61 hits in a year that earned Freshman All-American honors. Alleyne was awarded second team All-Big Ten honors last year for a season that saw him bat .306, pick up 55 hits and lead the conference with 22 stolen bases.

Baylor Bears (0-0)

Last Season

Baylor finished the 2021 campaign with a 31-20 record, going 11-13 in Big 12 conference games. A loss in the second round of the Big 12 tournament to Kansas Sate ended the Bears season as they did not receive a bid to play in the NCAA tournament. The biggest strength for this team year was its pitching staff, finishing with a 3.96 team ERA, good for 36th in the country. Many difference makers from last season will be returning this year for Baylor, giving an exciting challenge right off the bat for this Maryland lineup. At the plate, this team was led by four starters (Jered McKenzie, Andy Thomas, Jack Pineda, Tre Richardson) who played in all 51 games and hit over .300. All four except for Thomas will return to the Baylor lineup, producing a dangerous lineup for Maryland’s pitchers to deal with.

This Season

Baylor is projected to finish the 2021 season at fifth in the Big 12 according to big12sports.com. This would put them in the middle of the pack but just behind some very solid tournament teams from year ago like Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU. With a formidable pitching staff and three of their top four bats returning to the lineup, this Baylor team certainly has the ability to play above its current projection. In terms of recruiting, Baylor has the 51st-ranked recruiting class in the country this season, just ahead of Maryland and good for seventh in the Big 12.

Hitters to Watch

As mentioned before, Baylor returns three elite bats to its lineup this season, sophomore Jered McKenzie looking to be the most dangerous of them. In his freshman season he led the Bears in batting average (.383), OPS (1.079), runs (62) and hits (82). He received countless award and recognition for his performance last season and he enters this year on the Golden Spikes Award watch list. The middle infield duo of Jack Pineda and Tre Richardson also present sizable threats to this Maryland pitching staff. Both hit above .300 while putting up at least 60 hits and 30 RBI for the Bears last season.

Pitchers to Watch

Senior Tyler Thomas is coming off a season in which he made 11 starts posting a 2.49 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .202 batting average, both stats good for third-best in the Big 12. While junior Blake Helton didn’t have the flashy numbers Thomas did last season, he was still able to put up a solid year on the mound. In 13 starts he pitched 52 1/3 innings, striking out 40 and recording a 3.44 ERA.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchup

Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Sr. Tyler Thomas (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

This will be a big start for Nick Dean as he moves up to the Friday night starter position after last year’s number one Sean Burke was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He impressed last season when he was able to be on the mound, but a bout with mono at the start of the season and an injury at the end limited his availability. Dean will look to improve upon his 2.89 ERA and 1.09 WHIP that led all Maryland starters last season.

During a media session on Tuesday Coach Vaughn explained what it means to the team to have Dean healthy and ready to go to start this season.

“He’s been phenomenal this preseason,” said Vaughn. “Whether he goes eight scoreless or gives up six in the second he’s just going to keep doing his thing. That’s what makes him so good.”

On the other side, Baylor will be sending senior Tyler Thomas to the mound on Friday night. Thomas had a fantastic season in 2021 where he was top three in the Big 12 in both ERA (2.49) and opposing batting average (.202). He will provide an instant challenge on opening day for Maryland’s lineup.

Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Jr. Blake Helton (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Ryan Ramsey will make his first regular season start as a Terp in game two of the series on Saturday. Ramsey was terrific last season coming out of the bullpen for Maryland, posting a 1.67 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, a K/BB ratio of 43/12 and an opponent batting average .176 in 37 2/3 innings pitched. He now joins this formidable Maryland weekend rotation as the middle man following Nick Dean. Ramsey will look to build upon his one start in 2021 in where he pitched eight innings in the NCAA regionals versus Charlotte, giving up just one run and three hits.

Ramsey explained that with an expectation of more innings, he has been working on implementing new pitches to his arsenal.

“[I’ve been] working with a lot of off speed stuff,” he said. “Last year in relief I just had a fastball and curve ball for most of the season. [I’ve been] working mechanically with a change up and slider.”

Baylor’s Saturday starter will be junior Blake Helton who is coming off a solid 2021 season. In 13 games started he had a 3.44 ERA, striking out 40 batters in 52 1/3 innings pitched. Blake provides a solid number 2 starter option for Baylor behind Thomas as the team opens its season.

Sunday, 2 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Sr. Jake Jackson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Jason Savacool will take the mound on Sunday afternoon to begin his second season as a starter for Maryland. It was a bit of a shaky season for Savacool last year as he gave up just nine runs in his first four starts, but then skyrocketing his ERA with a few tough outings to wrap up the season. Still though, he did lead the team in wins and has an immensely large upside talentwise. He will get his first chance of the season to showcase that talent on Sunday.

For Baylor, it will be fifth year senior Jake Jackson making the start on Sunday. Jackson came to Waco prior to this season as a graduate transfer from Nevada. He had a lot of success in the 2021 season, leading the team in both wins (5) and innings pitched (74 1/3), making 13 starts for the Wolfpack. While he did have a 5.45 ERA, his 44/15 strikeout to walk is very impressive.

Preseason Countdown No. 2: Top Series in ’22

Maryland’s biggest test in terms of opponent rankings won’t come in conference. The Terps travel to Dallas Baptist, d1baseball.com’s No. 22 ranked team in the country, for a weekend series beginning March 25. They’ll also face No. 12 East Carolina March 6, a rematch of last season’s regional tournament. In conference, they miss Nebraska from their Big Ten West slate, the conference’s only ranked team in most polls. 

The series Maryland’s players are looking forward to most, however, is Michigan at home from May 13 through May 15. 

“Playing them at home… that’s what I’m excited for most,” senior relief pitcher Sean Heine said.

D1baseball.com projected the Wolverines to finish third in the conference, behind Maryland and Nebraska. Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has Michigan at No.30 in their preseason top-50. 

Maryland took the overall season series last season, winning three of their five matchups. The first meeting came in early April with Michigan at No. 25. They split a two-game series. 

Less than two months later, in Maryland’s penultimate regular season series, the Terps took two of three from No. 24 Michigan in Ann Arbor. Maryland entered the series winners of 11 of its last 12 games, with the series win over a ranked conference foe confirming its winning streak was legitimate. 

This season, Maryland gets Michigan in College Park. Again, it will be the Terps’ second-to-last series of the regular season. 

Maryland will also see Michigan for one game in early March as part of the Keith Leclair Classic, a weekend where the Terps will also see Indiana State and East Carolina. 

“It’s going to be a bear of a schedule,” Rob Vaughn said.

Preseason Countdown No. 3: Outfield Preview

Rounding out the preview of Maryland’s roster, the outfield presents arguably the strongest group of players on Head Coach Rob Vaughn’s squad.

With Fifth-Year Chris Alleyne headlining a group loaded with rising, young talent, much of the outfield will likely be found in the heart of the lineup, and the Terps look to have as much depth in the field as they ever had.

Meet the outfield.

Chris Alleyne, Fifth Year

Alleyne will be returning to Maryland for his fifth year after a summer of big decisions. He very well could have gone pro, but Alleyne opted to return for one more run with the Terps after finishing last year with second-team All Big Ten honors.

Alleyne earned that honor with the best season of his career. In 45 games, he hit for a .306 batting average, and he reached career-highs in SLG (.561), home runs (8), hits (55), and stolen bases (22).

Leading the way in terms of veteran experience, Alleyne will certainly have a monumental impact on the Terps’ overall season as the likely leadoff man.

Bobby Zmarzlak, Junior

After enjoying a successful first full season with Maryland — slashing .286/.398/.536 — Zmarzlak looks to carry the biggest bat out of any Maryland outfielder.

Having a share of fourth in the Terps’ home run standings with seven, Zmarzlak took his talents to the Alexandria Aces over the summer and picked up five long balls in just 16 games. Not to mention, he accumulated a .732 slugging percentage with Alexandria.

Troy Schreffler, Junior

Out of anybody on the Terps — not just outfielders — Troy Schreffler could be a favorite for most-improved heading into the season. Last season wasn’t anything to write home about, as Schreffler amounted a .275/.341/.350 slash line with four extra-base hits in 26 games.

However, a summer with the NECBL’s Keene Swamp Bats offered a very positive glimpse at what Schreffler has improved on.

In 33 games with Keene, Schreffler collected 20 extra-base hits including six home runs and three triples. While his biggest struggle was still his ability to get on base, he hit for a .336 batting average — a vast improvement over his 2021 season number.

Ian Petrutz, Freshman

Ian Petrutz is proof that the Terps’ biggest strength is their outfield depth. Behind the forces of Alleyne, Zmarzlak, and Schreffler comes the No. 2 ranked outfield recruit of New Jersey. In his senior season at Bishop Eustace, Petrutz slashed .449/.531/.652 with three home runs and 15 stolen bases.

Petrutz also came into Maryland as the No. 22 overall recruit in New Jersey and the No. 152 overall outfield recruit in the country. It’s safe to say that Maryland’s outfield pipeline is in good hands.

Zach Martin, Freshman

The Middletown, Maryland, native rounds out the Terps’ outfield as the No. 2 outfield recruit from Maryland, and the No. 6 overall recruit in the state.

In an exhibition against Virginia last October, Martin offered a glimpse at what he’ll bring to the Terps this season hitting a big home run and showing off his wheels — scoring a game-tying (and game-ending) run on a Virginia error.

Preseason Countdown No. 4: Infield Preview

With the Terps losing a plethora of infielders including Austin Chavis, Tommy Gardiner and Benjamin Cowles, Head coach Rob Vaughn and his staff are entering the season with a diverse class of nine infielders.


Meet the infield.


FR INF Jacob Orr
A shortstop during his high school career, Orr was ranked the No. 2 shortstop in Maryland and the No. 10 overall recruit. Orr is from Frederick, Maryland and played his high school baseball at Thomas Johnson.

SR INF Maxwell Costes
Costes is entering his fourth year at Maryland. The Terps starting first basemen, Costes was excellent in 2021 as he had a .310 batting average with .512 on base percentage. Costes started 110 games during his time at Maryland and has 24 home runs and 94 RBI over that span.

SO INF Matt Shaw
Shaw’s freshman season was a successful one as the Terps second basemen finished with a .332 batting average, seven home runs and 30 RBI. Shaw’s freshman season earned him a spot on the 2021 Big Ten All-Freshman team and was named a 2021 collegiate baseball freshman All-American.

SO INF Kevin Keister
Keister played in 17 games during the 2021 season, starting in 12 of them. Keister had a batting average of .098 during his first year with a .245 on base percentage. While he mostly saw time at second base last year, Keister came to College Park as the second-ranked shortstop prospect in Delaware, according to Perfect Game.

JR INF Matt Orlando
Orlando has spent time at first base and third base during his collegiate career. Orlando has a lifetime .181 batting average across 32 games. In 2021, Orlando saw his on base percentage increase from .270 to .307 while also raising his slugging percentage from .212 to .292.

JR INF Drew Grace
A transfer from Kentucky, Grace appeared in 28 games for the Wildcats. Grace had a .160 batting average with 7 RBI across 28 games in Lexington. Perfect Game rated Grace as the No. 64 shortstop in his high school class.

FR INF Sean Lane
From New York, Lane was rated as the best first basemen in his class from the state of New York by Perfect Game. The 6 foot 4 freshman was named to the 2021 Perfect Game preseason All-American team.

JR INF Nick Lorusso
Lorusso joins the Maryland team after spending time at Villanova University. Lorusso had a .294 batting average with five home runs and 49 RBI in 88 games. He was named Big East Freshman of the Year and second team All-Big East will at Villanova.

JR INF Michael Bouma
Bouma has two seasons under his belt in College Park. He has appeared in 8 games in his career with a .400 batting average in five at-bats. Bouma has seen time at first base as a defensive replacement as well.

Preseason Countdown No. 5: Bullpen Preview

If there is one word to describe the Maryland bullpen heading into the 2022 season, it would be young. Of the 13 relief arms on this team, eight will be playing their first year of college baseball.

Especially early on, this will be a season of finding out where every piece fits into the puzzle that is the Terps bullpen, but it will also be a great opportunity to see some exciting young talent that will hopefully be key contributors in College Park for the next few seasons. With that said, here is a look at the 2022 Maryland bullpen.

Senior RHP Sean Heine

Heine was a stalwart of the Maryland bullpen last season, making a team 16 relief appearances in 2021. He was used primarily in a long reliever role, only going less than an inning four times. During these appearances he posted a 6.29 ERA, picking up 15 strikeouts and allowing 11 walks in 24.1 innings pitched.

As the only senior on this pitching staff, Heine aims to bring a level of senior leadership to this Terps squad that is looking to take its game to the next level. As he described at media day, Heine wants to ensure that this team does not make the same mistakes that the 2021 squad did.

Redshirt Junior RHP Will Glock

Glock enters this season possibly as the biggest question mark in the bullpen for coach Rob Vaughn. He has not pitched since his Freshman year in 2019 due to recovery from Tommy John surgery. He put up very impressive numbers in that season, posting a 2.38 ERA, striking out 18 and walking 11 in 11 1/3 innings pitched, but such a long gap in playing time leaves a lot of question marks heading into this season.

Redshirt Sophomore RHP David Falco

After redshirting the COVID-shortened 2020 season, Falco pitched in 14 games for the Terps out of the bullpen in 2021. In 18 innings of work he had 5.50 ERA, getting 20 strikeouts, allowing nine walks and picking up his first collegiate save along the way.

Despite having only played in one season of college baseball, Falco enters this season as one of the longest tenured arms on this team. With so many new faces entering the Maryland bullpen this year, it will be imperative for players like Falco to set a standard of success pitching late in games, especially at the beginning of the season.

Sophomore RHP Nigel Belgrave

Belgrave did not play his Freshman season last year due to an injury, but he has a lot of talent and can be a key contributor to this Maryland talent. In 2020 he was the 11th-ranked RHP in Maine and the 18th-ranked player in the state overall.

Sophomore RHP Gavin Stellpflug

Stellpflug was very limited out of the bullpen in his first season at College Park, not making his first appearance until March 13 of the 2021 season against Rutgers. He made four appearances where he gave up five runs off four hits and five walks in 2 2/3 innings of work.

Over the summer Stellpflug made nine appearances for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. There he posted a 4.50 ERA, striking out 17 and issuing 5 free passes. Stellpflug will look to build off his improvements this summer as heads into his second season at Maryland.

Sophomore LHP Logan Ott

Ott served as a duel-threat player for Maryland last season, putting up numbers on the mound and at the plate. He made one start and two relief appearances in 2021 where he gave up eight runs, striking out six and walking three in 9 1/3 innings of work.

The Freshmen

Maryland has a lot of talent coming from its young arms heading into this season. Here a few of them that have a chance to contribute early out of the bullpen.

Coming in as the seventh-ranked recruit in Maryland, LHP Andrew Johnson has one of the most successful high school track records of this incoming Freshman class. In his senior season at Glenelg he allowed only nine hits and tallied 67 strikeouts in just 27 1/3 innings pitched on his way to being named Howard County player of the year.

LHP Travis Garnett’s physical stature standing at 6 foot 6 already makes him one of the most intriguing new faces on this Maryland team, but his ability on the mound confirms why he is touted as the fourth best recruit in the Big Ten by Perfect Game. At the 2020 Perfect Game national showcase his fastball topped out at 93 miles per hour. Garnett will look to improve even further in his time with the Terps.

In March 2021 RHP Matt Cunningham would not have even qualified for this bullpen preview as he was a shortstop recruit committed to Mount St. Mary’s. His senior season more than proved his worth as pitcher though, tossing three complete games for Linganore High School including a perfect game where he struck out 14 on just 71 pitches.

RHP Ryan Van Buren is coming off a senior season in which he posted a 3.55 ERA with 29 strikeouts where he held opponents to a .229 batting average. The Abington native was ranked as the number 12 right-hander in Pennsylvania and the 22nd-ranked player overall in the state.

A class of 2020 graduate, RHP Ethan Ledig did not possess a state or national ranking coming out of high school and had his senior season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He can be utilized as a two-way player, both pitching and playing shortstop at Leonardtown High School.

Another 2020 graduate, RHP Lloyd Richards III had limited work in his COVID-shortened senior season, giving up two earned runs in the five innings of his only start.

Michael Walsh was ranked as the ninth best LHP and 65th overall in Virginia after his senior season at Riverside High School. Walsh led his team to a regional finals appearance and was named first team all region in 2021.

Recipient of an all-Anne Arundel county selection by the Capital Gazzette and an all-MIAA conference nod in his 2021 senior season at Archbishop Spalding, Noah Mrotek was ranked as the fourth best RHP recruit in Maryland and 12th overall in the state.

Preseason Countdown No. 6: Starting Pitchers Preview

Approaching year five of the Rob Vaughn era, Maryland figures to have as strong of a starting rotation as it’s had under the head coach. It’s easily the biggest strength of the roster. 

“Those three are going to carry us,” senior reliever Sean Heine said. 

One of those three, and the headliner of the group, is d1baseball.com’s preseason Big Ten pitcher of the year Nick Dean. The right hander led last season’s starting rotation with a 2.87 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP as a sophomore. 

Now as a junior, he’ll be in line to start Friday nights, taking over for Sean Burke who held the role last season. 

Sophomore Ryan Ramsey led all qualified pitchers with a 1.67 ERA last season as a freshman. He mostly entered out of the bullpen in a multiple inning role, but now slides into the rotation spot left by Burke. 

His 2021 season was headlined by an eight inning, one earned run outing in the regional that sent Maryland to the regional championship. It’s a game that he and the team are hoping propels him into his first season as a full-time starter. 

It was an up and down freshman season for Jason Savacool 2021. Two of his first three starts were complete games and he allowed just nine earned runs across his first four games. 

From there, his ERA ballooned, allowing four or more runs in his next four starts. He capped off his freshman season with a 2 2/3 inning, six run outing against Michigan and a 3 1/3 inning, eight run performance in Maryland’s first game of its regional tournament. By season’s end, Savacool led all Maryland pitchers in innings. 

“We put him in a big spot last year,” Vaughn said. “That ain’t an easy spot as a freshman.” 

In the offseason, Savacool was scheduled to play in the Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League, but he and the Maryland staff decided it would be best if he didn’t. 

Entering his sophomore season, he and the staff are focused on maintaining his body to be able to withstand a long season and keep fatigue from crippling his season. Savacool began working out four days a week and staying on campus over the summer with the team’s strength coach Nathan Garza. 

“I thought a big thing he needed to do was really get his body right, get a little more physical to be able to hold up through the courses of a rigorous season,” Vaughn said. “He came back in the fall and his body was just different. I’m fired up.” 

With the return of midweek non-conference games to the schedule, it allows Vaughn to give younger pitchers an opportunity they wouldn’t otherwise get during an in-conference weekend series. He highlighted freshmen Andrew Johnson and Ryan Van Buren as possible candidates to start in those matchups. 

“We’re going to be able to develop some of those young arms to slide into weekend rotation in the future,” Vaughn said. 

Vaughn is entering his fifth season as head coach with something he’s never had before.  Most programs struggle to put together a group of three solid starting pitching options, therefore turning Sunday into a bullpen game of sorts. This season, Vaughn doesn’t see that problem arising. 

“We’re going to run out three starters on the weekend that I think give us a chance to win every single game,” he said. “To be able to run those guys out there on a weekend series, holy cow. I haven’t had that through the whole weekend. Sunday was always kind of a revolving door. I really think we have three No. 1s. As good a top three as we’ve had here.”

Preseason Countdown No. 7: Freshman Class Preview

Maryland Baseball enters this season with the 55th-ranked recruiting class in the country, good for third in the Big Ten according to Perfect Game. This year will see 13 new players joining the Terps squad on the diamond.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2022 Freshman class:

IF Jacob Orr – Frederick, Md. (Governor Thomas Johnson High School)

Orr has been committed to Maryland since 2018 before playing a single game of high school baseball. Coming out of high school he was 10th ranked recruit in Maryland, being named to the Brooks Robinson senior all-star game. 

In his senior season at Thomas Johnson, Orr finished with a .455 batting average, going for eight extra-base hits and driving in 15 runs. The highlight of his season came on defense when he turned an unassisted triple play in a game versus Linganore High School.

LHP Andrew Johnson – Mount Airy, Md. (Glenelg High School)

To say that Johnson impressed in his senior season at Glenelg would be an understatement. In 27 1/3 innings, the seventh-ranked player in Maryland struck out 67 batters, posting a 1.08 ERA and allowing only nine hits. His most dominating performances came in May 2021 when he had two 18-strikeout performances in a two week period. Johnson’s performance last season earned the honor of Howard County player of the year for 2021.

RHP Matt Cunningham – Mount Airy, Md. (Linganore High School)

Originally committed to Mt. Saint Mary’s as a shortstop, Cunningham converted to pitcher prior to his senior season at Linganore. The results were nothing short of extraordinary as he threw three complete games for the Lances and culminated his stellar season with a perfect game in the West regional semifinal, fanning 14 and throwing just 71 pitches.

Cunningham was named starting pitcher for the North in the senior all star game where he gave up two runs in two innings pitched, striking out three.

OF Zach Martin – Middletown, Md. (Middletown High School)

The second-ranked outfielder in Maryland and 47th-ranked in the country, Martin’s final high school season was capped off by being selected to the Brooks Robinson Senior All Star Game where he hit leadoff. In the game he drew a walk and scored a run. Martin has experience both in the outfield and on the mound.

Martin has already begun producing for the Terps, hitting a home run in a Maryland Fall game versus Virginia back in October.

RHP Noah Mrotek – Bowie, Md. (Archbishop Spalding High School)

Mrotek ended his senior season of high school baseball with numerous honors including an all-county selection by the Capital Gazette, an all-MIAA team nod and a spot on the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches preseason all-state team. 

Mrotek was the fourth-ranked right hander in Maryland and 12th-ranked overall in the state. He has experience both as a pitcher and an outfielder.

C Steve Thomas – Unionville, Pa. (Unionville High School)

Thomas ended last season as the top-ranked catcher in Pennsylvania, but he was a true dual threat player in high school. At the plate he posted a .323 batting average while driving in 17 runs. From the mound he had a 2.38 ERA and struck out 29 batters. Thomas’s efforts in the 2021 season earned him second team all league honors.

OF Ian Petrutz – Mantua, N.J. (Bishop Eustace Prep)

The number two-ranked outfielder in New Jersey and 22nd-ranked overall in the state, Petrutz was a force to be reckoned with in the Bishop Eustace lineup, batting .449 with three home runs, 12 RBI and 15 stolen bases in his senior season. He was a big part of the team’s journey to winning the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic, hitting a go-ahead home run in the quarterfinals and picking up an RBI base hit in the championship game.

LHP Michael Walsh – Leesburg, Va. (Riverside High School)

Walsh was the ninth-ranked left hander in Virginia and the 65th-ranked overall in the state coming out of high school. His performance this past season earned first team all region honors as Walsh led Riverside to a regional finals appearance. Walsh has previous experience both on the mound and in the outfield.

IF Sean Lane – Long Island, N.Y. (St. Dominic High School)

Coming out of high school Lane was the top-ranked first baseman from New York and the 26th-ranked player overall in the state. Lane has experience at both corner infield positions.

Lane has already found ways to make a positive impact on this Terps squad, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs in a Maryland Fall game versus Navy.

LHP Travis Garnett – Pasadena, Md. (Indian Creek School)

Coming out of high school Garnett was the number five player in the state of Maryland and the 17th-ranked left hander in the entire country. He is also ranked as the fourth best recruit in all of the Big Ten according to Perfect Game. He has experience at both pitcher and first base.

There were talks that he may be drafted into the MLB right out of high school with his name included in different mock drafts, but ultimately he now finds himself in College Park ready to contribute for this Terps pitching staff.

RHP Ryan Van Buren – Abington, Pa. (Abington Senior High School)

Van Buren was the 12th-ranked right hander in Pennsylvania and 22nd-overall in the state coming out of high school.

In his senior season Van Buren posted a 3.55 ERA with 29 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .224 in 21 2/3 innings pitched. His efforts were rewarded by being named most valuable male athlete at Abington Senior High School in 2021.

RHP Lloyd Richards III – Houston, Texas (Shadow Creek High School)

The 179th-ranked RHP in Texas, Richards found success on both the mound and at the plate. He gave up two earned runs in five innings in his only start of the COVID-shortened 2020 season. In his last full season in 2019, Richards hit .316, hit one home run and drove in six runs.

Richards is no stranger to playing baseball on the national stage. He represented the Southwest region in the 2015 Little League World Series. In the Southwest regional tournament he went five for seven, giving Richards the best batting average in the country for all regional tournaments.

RHP Ethan Ledig – Leonardtown, Md. (Leonardtown High School)

Ledig had his senior season at Leonardtown cut short in 2020 due to the COVID pandemic, but he still managed to get the school record for complete games thrown, tossing nine in three seasons. Though he does not currently possess a state or national ranking, Ledig has proven himself to be a dual-threat player, effectively getting batters out on the mound and coming up with key hits on days he was playing shortstop.

Preseason Countdown No. 8: Top Summer Performers

After the 2021 season came to an unfortunate end, many Terps took their bats and gloves to the many collegiate summer baseball leagues around the country to get in extra reps before the 2022 season.

Most of those who played summer ball in 2021 competed in local, Maryland-based leagues like the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League (CPCBL), or leagues up in New England like the Cape Cod Baseball League (CCBL) and New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL).

There was a handful of standout performers among summer league Terps last season, and with many of them being core members of the team, their summer performances offer a great glimpse at what’s to come in 2022.

Bobby Zmarzlak – Alexandria Aces (CRCBL)

Although Bobby Zmarzlak had just 56 at-bats with the Alexandria Aces, he put together the best stat line out of any Terp last summer. The junior slashed .375/.485/.732 in the 16 games he played, and ripped five home runs.

Zmarzlak’s best performance came July 17, when he reached base all five times he stepped to the plate. Out of the four hits he collected that day, half of them were doubles and another came via the long ball.

Matt Shaw – Amsterdam Mohawks (PGCBL)

Matt Shaw played in over double the games that Zmarzlak played in during his time with the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League’s Amsterdam Mohawks. In 35 regular season games, he nearly matched Zmarzlak’s slash line with his own line of .369/.458/.689.

Shaw also hit nine home runs — the most of any Terp last summer — and swiped 14 bases.

In one three-game stretch between July 21-23, Shaw combined for 10 hits — including four doubles and two home runs — and totaled eight RBI. Out of 16 plate appearances, Shaw failed to reach base on just five occasions.

Troy Schreffler – Keene Swamp Bats (NECBL)

While Troy Schreffler didn’t best his peers in on-base percentage or in his ability to draw walks, he quite literally stuffed his stat sheet across the board.

In 33 games, Schreffler was an extra-base hitting machine, picking up 11 doubles, three triples, and six home runs with the Swamp Bats. He added six stolen bases to his summer resume all while hitting an exceptional .336.

Schreffler’s only flaw came in his plate discipline, as he struck out seven times the amount he walked (42/6). But despite that flaw, he proved to be very deadly with the bat when he makes contact.

Ryan Ramsey – Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (NECBL)

Out of all the pitchers to play summer ball, Ryan Ramsey walked away with definitively the best performance. In six appearances for the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks (five starts), Ramsey pitched 24 innings to the tune of a 1.87 earned run average.

On top of that, he struck out 38 batters while walking seven.

Ramsey’s incredible summer earned him a spot in the NECBL All-Star Game, where the sophomore started on the mound for the South.

Following the July 18 All-Star Game, Ramsey pitched two of his best games of the summer — two consecutive 10-strikeout performances to cap off his time as a Shark.

As Ramsey looks to have an important role in Maryland’s rotation in 2022, his stellar performance as a starter over the summer seem to offer a lot of excitement for what’s to come.

Preseason Countdown No. 9: Meet the newcomers — Transfers

The Terps and Head Coach Rob Vaughn may have lost some of their best players this offseason — Benjamin Cowles, Justin Vought, and Randy Bednar to name a few. But a new year means a new wave of transfers who could very well replace the impact that those players had.

With three players transferring to the University of Maryland over the offseason — all juniors or older — the Terps come into the 2022 season with a fresh batch of experience.

Meet the newcomers:

GR RHP Nick Robinson — University of Rhode Island

Graduate student Nick Robinson is joining Maryland’s pitching staff after spending his first five college years at the University of Rhode Island. Robinson’s older brother, Alex, pitched at Maryland from 2013-2015 before the Minnesota Twins drafted him.

Robinson stands at 6-foot-5 and posted a 0.84 ERA in the 2021 season in 10 2/3 innings pitched. Robinson has experience as a starter and reliever, having appeared in 44 games and starting in 14 of them. In 2019, Robinson made 10 starts in 14 games for the Rams. He pitched 61 2/3 innings that season and finished with a 6.13 ERA.

JR INF Nick Lorusso — Villanova University

Former Villanova University infielder Nick Lorusso is joining Maryland for his junior season. Lorusso played three seasons at Villanova where he had a .294 batting average with five home runs and 49 RBI in 88 games. In 2019, he was named Big East Freshman of the year and second team All-Big East. Lorusso made the Big East All-Academic team three times and the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll four times.

JR INF Drew Grace — University of Kentucky

A Pennsylvania native, Grace spent his last two years at the University of Kentucky where he played in 28 games for the Wildcats. In seven starts, Grace had a .160 batting average with seven RBI and a perfect fielding percentage. Grace made SEC first-year academic honor roll during his time in Lexington, Kentucky. In 2019, Perfect Game rated Grace as the No. 64 shortstop in the nation before committing to Kentucky.

Preseason Countdown No. 10: Top Series of ’21

Maryland’s 2021 season was a tale of two halves. 

Through its first 22 games of the regular season, the Terps sat at 10-12, two games below .500. They allowed seven or more runs nine times and lost by margins of 11 and nine. The season appeared over before it could begin. 

Then, a switch flipped. Over its last 22 games, Maryland went 18-4. The Terps won every remaining weekend series including three sweeps. In its biggest test, Maryland took two of three from No. 24 Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

The winning stretch catapulted Maryland to a 28-16 finish and into second place in the Big Ten standings. 

Considering this, the top series of 2021 is the home series sweep of Ohio State April 16 through 18, the metaphorical switch that flipped Maryland’s season for the better. 

Maryland kicked the series off with a 10-6 drubbing of the Buckeyes on Friday night in a game that wasn’t as close as the box score reads. Sean Burke allowed just one earned run in six innings of work with nine strikeouts. 

The Terps broke the game open and never looked back with a seven-run bottom of the sixth with the game tied at two, topped off with a three-RBI double from Chris Alleyne. 

Game two was a more closely contested affair. After an eight inning, two earned run outing from Nick Dean, Maryland led 4-2 in the top of the ninth inning. With no outs, Ohio State scored on a bases-loaded walk and a run-scoring double play to even the score at four. The Terps countered in similar fashion, scoring the winning run on a bases-loaded Luke Shliger walk to win 5-4 in 10 innings. 

With the series already decided, Maryland entered Sunday afternoon hunting for a sweep. After both teams scored four runs in the third inning, Maryland tacked on two more in the fourth. An Alleyne score on a wild pitch and Ben Cowles two-run home run gave the Terps a five-run lead in the sixth inning, a lead that never got smaller.