Preseason Countdown No. 2: Outfield Preview

Maryland will have plenty of production to replace in the outfield this season after losing two starters to the MLB Draft.

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year and consensus First Team All-American Chris Alleyne, and the Philadelphia Phillies selected Troy Schreffler Jr., a Third Team All-Big Ten selection last season.

Head Coach Rob Vaughn brought in a pair of transfers to an outfield that will have a much different look in 2023. Let’s take a look, beginning with the expected starters.

Senior – Bobby Zmarzlak

The lone returning starter in the outfield, Zmarzlak appeared in all 62 games last season and enjoyed a breakout year. The 6’5” slugger posted a .291 batting average and mashed 15 home runs while driving in 43 runs. 

The former Baltimore Orioles draft pick was named to the College Park Regional All-Tournament team last season, and D1Baseball included him in their preseason list of the top 150 outfielders in the country.

Zmarzlak was the everyday left fielder last season, so expect him to stay in that role while batting in the middle of the lineup.

Fifth Year – Matt Woods

A transfer from Bryant, Woods won NEC Player of the Year honors in 2022. He was a hitting machine in his senior season, batting .384 and slugging .635 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs. Woods joins Zmarzlak on D1Basbeall’s top 150 outfielders list.

Woods played center field at Bryant, but was the Terps’ right fielder in the fall. Regardless of what position he plays, he should provide a huge boost to an already deep Maryland lineup.

Sophomore – Elijah Lambros

Lambros enters his first season at Maryland after spending his freshman year at South Carolina, where he appeared in 36 games and made seven starts. The Fredericksburg native was the No. 1 outfielder in Virginia from the class of 2021, according to Perfect Game.

Lambros played all three outfield spots at South Carolina, and was the Terps’ center fielder in the fall.

Sophomore – Ian Petrutz

Petrutz is listed as an outfielder, but was Maryland’s primary designated hitter last season. After bursting onto the scene as a freshman, Petrutz should be a huge contributor to the lineup in 2023.

The New Jersey native appeared in 34 games last season, making 28 starts. He hit .324 with a 1.083 OPS, launching nine homers and driving in 35 runs in just 108 at-bats.

Junior – Logan Ott | Sophomore – Zach Martin | Freshman – Luke Zeisloft

Ott did not record a plate appearance last year after seeing limited action as a freshman. He strictly made pitching appearances as a sophomore, but Maryland still lists him as a two-way player.

Martin appeared in 18 games as a freshman, starting in eight of them. He recorded six hits, including a home run, and could be the fourth outfielder for the Terps this year.

Zeisloft is a product of Central Columbia High School in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. The freshman was the No. 8 outfielder in the state, according to Perfect Game.

Preseason Countdown No. 3: Infield Preview

Maryland baseball had a rock-solid infield last season.

Some of the core players from the 2022 campaign in Kevin Keister, Matt Shaw and Nick Lorusso are all back with the Terps for another go-around, and there are also a few collegiate rookies joining the squad.

But with Maxwell Costes signing with his hometown Baltimore Orioles as an undrafted free agent after the conclusion of last season, there is a gaping hole to fill at first base.

Overall, the Terps have plenty of talent around the diamond and these players should come up big for the team once again this season.

It’s time to take a look at the returning infielders first.

Junior – Matt Shaw

Shaw is set for his third season with Maryland in what should be a huge one for the Massachusetts native. After dominating as a freshman and sophomore, Shaw has become one of the faces of the Terps.

Last season he was part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and won the 2022 Cape Cod Baseball League MVP over the summer with the Bourne Braves.

Despite having the fifth-most plate appearances on the team last season, Shaw managed to finish with the second-most home runs and the third-most RBIs. He also accumulated 71 hits, 50 runs, and 148 total bases.

Junior – Kevin Keister

Just like Shaw, Keister returns to Maryland for his third season. There weren’t a whole lot of plate appearances for Keister during his freshman season, but the second baseman took a massive step forward as a sophomore.

Starting off the season on a great note helped Keister secure a spot in the infield in 2022, especially after being a main contributor during the series sweep against Siena in mid-March.

Keister’s numbers were impressive enough to make the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten, after sporting a .317 batting average and a .582 slugging percentage while driving in 44 runs.

Senior – Nick Lorusso

Lorusso’s first season as a member of the Terps was a strong one after he transferred from Villanova. Along with Shaw and Keister, Lorusso was part of the 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and was just about as reliable as one could get on the hot corner.

The third baseman hit to a .322 batting average and a .562 slugging percentage and got 70 RBIs, 15 home runs, and 83 hits.

Lorusso is also a pitching option, as the right-hander made eight appearances on the mound last season. Though Lorusso is a two-way option, his infield was tremendous last year.

Here are the rest of the returning infielders that provide key depth for the Terps. 

Senior – Matt Orlando | Senior – Michael Bouma | Sophomore – Jacob Orr

Matt Orlando joins Lorusso as another two-way player on this Maryland team. Though the right-hander didn’t get any plate appearances last season, he did get a combined 105 plate appearances the prior two seasons. 

Michael Bouma only went up to the plate 15 times last season. During the process, he got two hits and three runs. The Brookeville-native is entering his fourth season with the Terps.

Jacob Orr was a solid depth piece for Maryland during his freshman season. He hit .250 in 44 plate appearances while driving in 12 runs. Orr played in 21 games last season while starting in 11 of them.

Now for the transfers and first-year Terps.

Eddie Hacopian | Alex Irizarry | Caleb Estes | Simmi Whitehill | Jake Walman

Eddie Hacopian enters his first season in Maryland after spending his freshman year at Cypress College. As a Charger, Hacopian batted a monstrous .387 average.

Now for the freshmen.

Alex Irizarry was ranked the No. 4 shortstop in Connecticut by Perfect Game. He batted .434 in 2021 and led his alma mater East Catholic High School to an undefeated season with 25 wins.

Caleb Estes, from the close-by Severn, Maryland, was ranked the No. 3 shortstop in Maryland by Perfect Game. He is 6’3” and attended Archbishop Spalding High School.

Simmi Whitehill, a product of Bishop Shanahan High School and a Pennsylvania native, provides even more skill to the Terps middle infielder as he was ranked No. 6 in the category by Perfect Game in his home state.

Jake Walman can play both the catcher position and the infield. He resorts from Bourne, Massachusetts. With the ability to play multiple positions, Walman provides Maryland with various options.

Preseason Countdown No. 4: Bullpen Preview

Coming into the 2023 season, the Terps bullpen will look to build another productive year. This bullpen comes into the season with more experience than last year’s group, with six of the pitchers having at least one season in College Park under their belt. 

This group is headlined by David Falco, who recently received a top 20 ranking amongst relief pitchers. With more familiarity and an established leader, there will be high expectations for the Terps. Here is a look at the pitchers in the bullpen for the 2023 Maryland Terrapins.

Redshirt Junior RHP David Falco Jr.

Falco took a major leap in the 2022 season, putting up an ERA of 2.84 in 19 appearances. He also picked up 31 strikeouts over 31.2 innings pitched. Falco enters the season as the 17th ranked relief pitcher on

The redshirt junior has delivered in big moments. In last year’s College Park Regional against Wake Forest, Falco struck out seven over 3.1 innings. David Falco will be relied on heavily as one of the longest-tenured players in Maryland’s bullpen.

Redshirt Sophomore RHP Nigel Belgrave

After battling injury in 2021, Belgrave bounced back in 2022 as a redshirt freshman where he struck out 25 batters across 18 innings and collected three saves.

Over the summer, Belgrave played 11 games for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod League. In those appearances for the Braves, Belgrave allowed just five runs.

Sophomore LHP Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson had a productive freshman year in 2022, where he made 17 appearances including 4 starts. In those games, Johnson collected a 4.12 ERA and held opposing batters to a .183 average. Johnson will look to build off this as he heads into his second year at Maryland.

Senior RHP Matt Orlando

Senior Matt Orlando has spent his past couple of seasons transitioning from infield to relief pitcher. In his first college pitching season in 2022, Orlando made 12 appearances where he struck out 11 batters and posted a 5.56 ERA.

Junior LHP Tommy Kane

Tommy Kane will be making his Maryland debut this season after spending his freshman and sophomore at Rowan College. The transfer made 6 starts for Rowan in 10 appearances where he posted a 6.46 ERA.

Sophomore LHP Michael Walsh

Walsh saw limited action during his freshman year in College Park. In just 7.1 innings pitched during 8 appearances, Walsh collected 10 strikeouts and walked just as many while allowing a 14.73 ERA. With the possibility of an expanded role this season, it will be interesting to see if Walsh can make a leap.

Sophomore LHP Travis Garnett

The 6’6″ sophomore missed his entire freshman season due to injury. Garnett did get some playing time over the summer, where he started two games for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts. Garnett entered college as the number five recruit in Maryland in Perfect Game’s rankings.

The Freshmen

Rob Vaughn will have a handful of freshman pitchers to work into the mix throughout the season. 

One of those players, Thomas Rogers, was the third-ranked right-handed pitcher in Massachusetts, according to Perfect Game. The 6’6″ pitcher throws an 88 mph fastball and is a top-500 recruit in the country. 

Fellow righty, Joey Colucci from Purcellville, Virginia, did not have a state or national ranking coming out of high school but will look to make an impact this season. 

Left-handed pitcher Andrew Brock comes to College Park as the 16th-ranked LHP in Ohio. Similar to Rogers, Brock throws an 88 mph fastball, according to Perfect Game.

Preseason Countdown No. 5: Starters Preview

After a season of magnificent starting pitching for the Terps, Rob Vaughn’s 2023 squad has lofty expectations to fulfill. However, the departure of 2022 First Team All-Big Ten pitcher Ryan Ramsey to the 2022 MLB Draft leaves a major hole to fill.

But with Ramsey’s departure, the other parts of last year’s dominant big three starting rotation in Jason Savacool and Nick Dean remain, and with a roster oozing with new and seasoned talent, there are others who could jump into the rotation. So with five days left till the team’s season opener, let’s look at those who could make up Maryland’s starting rotation in 2023.

Junior RHP Jason Savacool

2022 was the year that Jason Savacool made the leap to stardom with a 2.93 ERA in 107.2 IP. Savacool, a 2022 First Team All-Big Ten and 2022 D1Baseball Second Team All-American, will come into the year with the No. 1 spot in the starting rotation and has been named a D1 Baseball 2023 preseason All American.

Savacool was also invited to try out for the 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which is a highly selective list of the 48-50 top college draft prospects in the country. Being part of this prospect list means that Savacool could have a high spot in the 2023 MLB draft up for grabs this year.

Senior RHP Nick Dean

Going into the season, the No. 2 spot in the starting rotation is reserved for Nick Dean. Although his ERA took a slight regression from 2021, Nick Dean still had a 4.57 ERA last year while pitching just over 29 more innings than the year prior at 82.2.

The 6’3 180 lbs 2022 Third Team All-Big Ten member and senior is likely going to be pitching for a chance to hear his name in the 2023 MLB draft. According to Prospects Live, Dean was 457 out of 500 on their ranked prospect list after the College Park Region, and writer Jared Perkins described Dean’s changeup as “incredibly filthy” but added that his “lack of velocity” may have made Dean a lower pick in 2022. 

Fifth Year RHP Kenny Lippman

Vaughn described Lippman’s potential in the starting rotation as one as a “swingman” for the Terps. The 6’4 Lippman is unique as not only is he a fifth year transfer, he is a transfer from Denison, a D3 school.

During his senior year at Denison, Lippman made 16 appearances and 8 starts, compiling a 1.56 ERA in 63.1 IP. The 2022 D3 First Team All-American was named the NCAC Tournament MVP after breaking the Denison single-game strikeout record with 14 strikeouts in the championship game. 

Junior RHP Nate Haberthier

The Ohio State transfer was described by Vaughn as having made “really good adjustments” and “in the mix” for a potential spot in the starting rotation.

As a sophomore as a Buckeye, the 6’5, 245-pound Haberthier had a 6.75 ERA in 70.2 IP while starting 13 games. Although the ERA wasn’t perfect and Haberthier had an 0-6 record, he pitched in a competitive Big Ten and his previous starting experience along with Vaughn’s endorsement may help his chances.

Junior LHP Logan Ott

Although he may not be the biggest pitcher on Maryland’s roster, Ott has proven that he can start for a high-level team in Maryland. In 2022, Ott compiled a 5.68 ERA after 50.2 IP and 14 appearances while also starting in 8 of those appearances.

Ott proved himself to be a valuable asset to the team on many occasions last year, and if he can slightly up his game this year, he could have a strong chance at becoming the third piece of the weekend rotation.

Sophomore RHP Ryan Van Buren

When asked about who would be in the mix this year for a starting role, Vaughn says that Van Buren has “taken a massive step forward from last year.” At first glance at Van Buren’s numbers from last year, a 9.97 ERA in 21.2 IP, one could definitely see why that “massive step” may have been much needed. 

However, Van Buren could very well put himself in the running as a midweek starter, as a big second-year jump wouldn’t be unheard of, especially if Vaughn sees promise in him.

Freshman LHP Kyle McCoy

Described by Vaughn as “tough” and a kid who “competes” and has “a chance to be pretty special,” the New Jersey southpaw had a 0.98 ERA in 35.2 IP with 63 strikeouts for Hunterdon Central High School.

McCoy’s team finished with a 25-5 record and he finished last season as a Skyland Conference all-star while leading his team to the Group 4 sectional finals. Perfect Game ranks McCoy as the 17th best pitcher in the nation and the fifth best player in New Jersey while describing his off-speed arsenal as “show[ing] depth and the deception.”

Freshman RHP Eliakim Stowe

The Poughkeepsie righty was a key component of his high school team that made their first playoff appearance in team history and had an 11-5 record after going 4-8 the year prior. The 6’3 Stowe also has a fastball that can go up to 95 mph along with a slider and changeup in his arsenal.

Stowe is also ranked fourth among New York pitchers and 8th overall in the state according to Perfect Game

Freshman RHP Wagner Morrisette

The 2022 All-State South Carolina pitcher led The Burlington School to a 22-6 record and a ​​NCISAA Class 2-A state title with a 6-1 record and 0.95 ERA in 37 IP while also hitting .385 behind the plate. Morrisette has a fastball that tops out at 95 mph. 

In late April Morrissette became a target of MLB scouts for the 2022 MLB Draft after striking out a top rated UNC commit 3 times in one game.

Preseason Countdown No. 6: Top Series of 2023

As the only Big Ten team ranked inside D1Baseball’s preseason top 25, Maryland is the heavy favorite to win their second consecutive conference title. Their toughest challenges this season will likely come from a rigorous non-conference slate.

Maryland will travel to Oxford, Mississippi for a weekend series beginning Feb. 24 against defending national champion Ole Miss. The Rebels are ranked fourth in the D1Baseball’s preseason poll and are led by star shortstop Jacob Gonzalez, who many sites project to be one of the first players selected in the 2023 MLB Draft.

The Terps will be tested again when they head north to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic from March 3-5. They will open the weekend with another matchup against No. 4 Ole Miss, immediately followed by another formidable SEC opponent in No. 10 Vanderbilt.

Four weeks later, Maryland will travel to Iowa City for a weekend series with the Hawkeyes, who D1Baseball projects will finish third in the Big Ten. Iowa made it to a regional last season but was not on Maryland’s schedule.

Rutgers is projected to be the runner-up in the Big Ten, according to D1Baseball. Maryland will host the Scarlet Knights from Apr. 7-9. The Terps took two of three from Rutgers in Piscataway last season.

Preseason Countdown No. 7: Top Summer Performers

As the cold days of winter give way to a new season of baseball for the Dirty Terps, we look back to warmer times and some standout performances from Terps in their respective summer leagues.

There was no better player in the Cape Cod Baseball League than Matt Shaw. The junior from Massachusetts was named the 2022 Cape Cod League MVP and helped lead the Bourne Braves to a 23-14 record, the best in the league, and their second championship in franchise history. 

Shaw was a statistical monster. He led the league in batting average and finished top five in hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBI’s, and OBP. “He’s a special player,” said Braves head coach Scott Landers, “He comes to play everyday, and he wants to get better.” 

Shaw, ever the workhorse, stayed humble, “I think it’s just about sticking with an approach… Just sitting on the right pitches, and having a plan up at the plate every at-bat.” This plan helped Shaw become the first player in the CCBL since 2011 to hit for the cycle when he did so in an 8-1 win vs Hyannis.

What seems normal to Shaw is remarkable to others. “What’s really stood out to me about him is the routines he brings every single day,” said Braves coach Kevin Kelley, “A lot of kids his age don’t really have that routine when he comes to the ballpark, but he knows exactly how to prepare himself.”

All of Shaw’s hard work seemed to pan out as he went three for five with a home run and two RBI’s in the title-clinching game for the Braves.

Joining Shaw in Bourne was Nigel Belgrave, the right-handed pitcher from the Terps bullpen. In his first three outings of the season for the Braves, Belgrave allowed just one hit. Early on in a game against the Orleans Firebirds, he retired six batters in a row, four by way of strikeout, to end the game

Working mainly as a relief pitcher/closer, Belgrave appeared in 11 games, the most of any pitcher on the team. In those 11 games, he recorded 14.1 innings pitched with 10 Ks earning him a 3.14 ERA. His 3-0 record and three saves ranked first and second on the team, respectively.

Luke Shliger, Maryland’s slashing catcher, also played in the Cape for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox. Shliger was named a starter for the east division in the CCBL All-Star Game. His .273 batting average and .299 OBP were both top five on the Red Sox.

Locally, several Terps competed in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League including Andrew Johnson and Sean Lane. Johnson and Lane both played for the Bethesda Big Train who had a league best 26-10 record. 

In seven appearances, Johnson pitched 12.2 innings accumulating a 2-1 record, a 3.55 ERA and a team best 19.18 K/9 ratio. Lane saw the most action of the two appearing in 31 games where he logged 19 hits. His 22 RBIs and 24 BBs were both second best on the team.

Other league champions include Ian Petrutz and Ryan Van Buren who played for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.

In six appearances, Van Buren had a 2.70 ERA with 7 Ks. Petrutz had a solid regular season. Playing 31 games, he batted .277 with 13 RBIs, 20 BBs and nine stolen bases. The playoffs were where he really exploded, boosting his batting average to .571 with one home run and three RBIs, one of which came in a 5-3 win to send Amsterdam to the championship series.

The sole Terp playing in the Futures Baseball League, Zach Martin became an FBL champion after 25 games where he batted .256 with 19 RBIs.

Coming off great summer league performances, head coach Rob Vaughn is certainly hoping that his stars can carry over their fair weather success into the cold months of February when the Terps will once again be a top-25 team.

Preseason Countdown No. 8: Best Series of 2022

Maryland baseball had one of its best seasons ever as a program in 2022, including setting the single-season program wins record and shattering the home run record as well with 137.

Nearing the end of their season, Maryland was still a couple of games back of Rutgers for the lead spot in the Big Ten. The Terps were already having a fantastic season and achieved their 37th win of the season in the first game of the series, a new regular season record.

Rutgers was ranked 21st in the country at the time and looking near dominant as they stood alone atop the Big Ten.  New Jersey was set to be the home for their three-game series, with Maryland knowing they needed at least two of three for a chance to win the conference.

In a boat race, the Terps won the first game of the doubleheader, 16-8. After scoring five runs in the first two innings, Maryland never turned their backs and continued to add on runs, batting through the lineup six times. This was also Ryan Ramsey’s first start since his perfect game where he went six innings giving up only four hits and improving his record to 9-0.

The Scarlet Knights took the loss personally and clobbered the Terps in the second game of the series, hitting seven home runs. This loss put Maryland 2.5 games back from the conference lead and applied even more pressure to a team knowing they needed a win. Luckily, the Terps would have junior stud Nick Dean on the mound for the rubber match the following day.

Dean came out of the gates hot and continued to roll through Rutgers batters, ending the day with nine strikeouts on six innings pitched while giving up just two runs. Maryland had control over Rutgers the entire game, taking a 2-1 lead in the top of the third and never giving the Scarlet Knights a second chance.

Maryland played the windy environment well, hitting four solo bombs and a fifth home run that came in the ninth by outfielder Chris Alleyne. His three-run shot put the Scarlet Knights away and allowed the Terps to win 9-4.

The crucial road series wins put the Terps just 2.5 games from the 1st place spot in the Big Ten. Their remaining schedule saw Michigan, James Madison, and Purdue, all of whom they beat, ending the season on an eight-game win streak. Maryland finished their year at the top of the Big Ten, beating out Rutgers by one conference win. Had they taken two of the series games, the Terps may have found themselves in a much tougher situation heading into the Big Ten Tournament.

Preseason Countdown No. 9: Best Win of 2022

Maryland baseball was two wins away from reaching their first NCAA Super Regional since 2015 when they had to face off against Big East Champions UConn. Although falling to the Huskies in three games, the Terps still played their best baseball of the year on the night of June 5th.

UConn was a powerhouse during the 2022 season, achieving 50 wins by the end of the year. Maryland had similar success, finishing at the top of their conference and earning the number one seed for the Big 10 Tournament. Their first matchup between the two saw UConn come out on top 10-5, a loss that put the Terps in a do-or-die situation. Facing elimination, Maryland beat down Wake Forest the next morning, this time on the right side of a 10-5 finish. Just 24 hours after losing to UConn, Maryland was forced to meet them again, but now with pitcher Nick Robinson who was making just his second start of the season.

Shortstop Matt Shaw got Maryland off to a hot start in the bottom of the first with a single to center, scoring Nick Lorusso. The next at-bat Troy Schreffler Jr. homered to left center, giving the Terps an early 3-0 lead. Nobody was able to cross the plate for the next four innings until the bottom of the fifth when Lorusso hit a leadoff home run to left-center, giving the Terps a 4-0 lead.

Robinson pitched one of his best games of the season, throwing five scoreless innings to go along with four hits and a season-high five strikeouts. Having never pitched more than three innings and with only 16 appearances on the year, Robinson kept Maryland’s hopes alive and allowed the team to take a commanding lead halfway through the game.

UConn was unable to find a run through five innings but jumped on Maryland and tied the game with a four-run explosion in the top of the sixth. The Terps were forced to use their bullpen with Nigel Belgrave and Will Glock, each giving up two earned runs and combined for just one out. To finish out the sixth and complete the seventh, Maryland turned to freshman Michael Walsh, who allowed zero hits and just two baserunners in his appearance.

Already with one RBI on the day, Shaw got his second with a single through the second base hole and an errant throw by the Huskies’ first baseman that followed. The scoring didn’t stop there as Maxwell Costes singled to right field, scoring Shaw and giving Maryland a 6-4 lead. However, their lead was short-lived as UConn scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning to tie it up.

Maryland’s depleted bullpen called for starter Ryan Ramsey to make his first relief appearance in which he shined, pitching two and a third and giving up just one hit while striking out three. To start the eleventh inning was freshman Andrew Johnson. Johnson did exactly what Maryland hoped for and pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a baserunner and striking out another.

With bases loaded in the bottom of the eleventh, Lorusso stepped up to the plate. Already accomplishing his 26th multi-hit game of the season, Lorusso was looking to walk off the Terps for their fifth time in the season. On a 1-2 count with one out, he singled off the right field wall to give Maryland their 48th win of the year. After using six pitchers and over four hours of baseball, the Terps won their most crucial game of the season and became one step closer to the Super Regional.

Preseason Countdown No. 10: 2022 Pitching MVP

It was a Friday night in late April. Maryland was beating Northwestern 13-0 with two outs in the ninth inning with Ryan Ramsey on the mound. Not a single Wildcat had reached base. The Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium crowd anticipated what could be next.

A sharp ground ball to Nick Lorusso prompted the third baseman to fire over to first, completing the final out. Ramsey threw his arms in the air and was greeted by his battery mate Luke Shliger. The left-handed pitcher had just thrown the first Maryland perfect game since 1959.

That night highlights the best of the team’s pitching performances from last season, and Ramsey has earned Maryland Baseball Network’s most valuable pitcher award for the Terps in 2022. 

With a pitching staff that boasted the three-headed monster of Ramsey, Nick Dean, and Jason Savacool, as well as a robust bullpen, the Terps had reliable pitching. But it’s Ramsey who takes home the team Cy Young Award of last season.

In addition to his night of perfection, the southpaw finished the year with a 3.22 ERA and a team-high 11 wins. He made 15 starts with 92.1 innings pitched, racked up 90 strikeouts, and only allowed 63 hits and 6 home runs to opposing hitters.

The New Jersey-native nearly tripled his workload in innings pitched from the prior season and remained a steady force in the Maryland starting rotation last year.

Ramsey ultimately earned himself a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft as the Kansas City Royals selected him in the 13th round with the 385th overall pick.

With Ramsey no longer with the team, Maryland will look to build off its pitching success and continue to provide favorable numbers entering the new season.

Preseason Countdown No. 11: 2022 Offensive MVP

There was no shortage of offense last season for Maryland baseball. In fact, the team boasted a lineup filled top to bottom with potent hitters.

After their 2022 campaign, the Terps had six players with a batting average above .300, nine players with an OPS above .920, eight players with at least 60 hits, and the list goes on. The team is coming off their best season in program history after all.

With the incredible production that the team had last year, it’s a challenge to pick just one offensive MVP. So, it would be beneficial to provide a couple of honorable mentions: Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw.

Shliger was one of the best catchers in college baseball last season. He led Maryland in batting average and hits as he paved the way at the top of the order. Shaw provided consistent numbers. The shortstop finished last season with 22 home runs and 67 RBIs.

Now it’s time for the main character.

It’s only right to name Chris Alleyne as the offensive MVP of last season. After coming back to Maryland for his fifth year, the outfielder led the Terps in home runs, stolen bases, RBIs, total bases, and slugging.

It felt like every game it was Bubba who anyone could rely on to get the job done no matter what situation was presented in front of him. The Philadelphia native always displayed poise and confidence, all on top of his great veteran presence.

Alleyne is a player who takes advantage of any opportunity against opponents as he mentioned to “put a crooked number up there every inning, whether it’s getting guys over on bunts, stealing bases, just trying to get at least one every inning,” the switch-hitter said after a game last March in which he also homered from both sides of the plate.

He ended up winning the 2022 Big Ten Player of the Year, was a semifinalist for the 2022 Golden Spikes Award (which is handed out annually to the best amateur player in the country), and was a member of plenty of first-team awards last season.

Alleyne’s performances on the field ultimately earned him a selection in the 2022 MLB Draft, as the Los Angeles Dodgers called his name in the 19th round with the 585th overall pick.

Though Alleyne is no longer with Maryland, the team will look to sustain the success that they had last season and continue to provide exceptional offense.