Weekend Preview: Indiana (23-19)

The Hoosiers are coming off two of their best seasons in school history, but are transitioning to a new coaching staff in 2015 – a transition that has not gone all that well. After reaching the College World Series for the first time in school history in 2013, Indiana earned a No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament last year, losing in the Regional final to Stanford. Despite returning five of their nine starters from last year, the Hoosiers are only 23-19 this year and on the verge of missing the Big Ten tournament.

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This year’s Hoosiers squad ranks eighth in the Big Ten hitting (.271) and sixth in pitching (3.45). Offensively, they are led by fifth year senior Scott Donley. Donley is a two-time First Team All-Big Ten performer and has been a big-time run producer over his three years with Indiana. He’s a career .342 hitter.

Outside of Donley, the Hoosiers use a balanced attack. Seven of their starters are batting at least .266. While they aren’t a power-hitting team, they are in the top half of the league in slugging (.381) and have hit a fair amount of home runs (22).

Statistically, their weakness is fielding, where they rank tenth in the league.

However, the pitching staff is solid. They recently got back long-time starter Kyle Hart from Tommy John surgery and return some experienced and effective relievers. Indiana has four reliable relief options in Ryan Halstead (3.03), Scott Effross (2.95), Evan Bell (3.02) and Thomas Belcher (2.75), any of whom could start Sunday’s game.

Pitching Matchups:

FRIDAY AT 6:30 PM

So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (10-0, 1.52) vs. R-So. RHP Jake Kelzer (3-3, 3.04)

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Shawaryn is looking to maintain his torrid streak on the mound. The righty is pitching the best baseball of his life and is making a claim to be the best pitcher in the nation. He enters Friday’s start on a streak of 20 consecutive scoreless innings and is running away with the strikeout crown in the Big Ten. Shawaryn is one of only two pitchers in the country with double-digit wins and looks to tie his own single-season wins record tonight.

Kezler is an interesting story because his was a rare two-sport college athlete. While redshirting from baseball in 2013, Kelzer was a key piece on Indiana’s swim team. A freestyle sprinter, Kelzer posted very competitive times in the Big Ten Championships but has since made the move to playing baseball exclusively. He was drafted by the Yankees as a draft-eligible redshirt freshman last year, when he struck out 44 batters in 31.2 innings. Kelzer also lettered in football in high school, which is less surprising than his swimming accolades, considering that Kelzer is 6-foot-8, 230 pounds.

SATURDAY AT 2 PM

R-Jr. Rob Galligan (2-2, 1.53) vs. R-Jr. LHP Kyle Hart (1-0, 2.16)

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Galligan’s first career start was a ringing success. How does a career-high 10 strikeouts over a career-high seven innings sound? He held the Boilermakers to just five hits and got the all-important win. He’ll follow up the career day against a tougher Indiana lineup Saturday.

Hart is one of the most accomplished pitchers in Indiana history but is coming back from Tommy John surgery. The redshirt junior underwent surgery after throwing 35 innings last year. Saturday will be Hart’s fourth start since returning. He’s done well so far – 13 strikeouts and one walk in eight innings, but he will likely only throw a few innings against Maryland. In his career, Hart is 17-8 with a 2.94 ERA over 211 innings.

SUNDAY AT 11 AM

Jr. LHP Jake Drossner (0-1, 3.41) vs. TBD

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Drossner will make his third Sunday start of the year in morning finale against Indiana. Drossner followed up a career day against Cal State Fullerton with a so-so outing at Purdue. He only allowed one earned run but failed to get through the fifth inning. Sunday’s start will be a telling test heading into the all-important Ohio State series next weekend.

Midweek Series Preview: Delaware (18-15, 7-8)

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The 20th-ranked Terps (30-13, 11-4) begin a home-and-home series with local rival Delaware on Tuesday – a series that will continue in Newark, Del. on Wednesday. The Blue Hens (18-15, 7-8), currently sixth in the Colonial Athletic Association, are coming off a weekend sweep of William & Mary after losing three out of their four prior games. Maryland, meanwhile, are also in the midst of a three-game win streak after sweeping Purdue over the weekend.

Terp fans might remember Blue Hen senior Greg Olenski, who transferred from Maryland after the 2013 season. Despite playing in just 23 games this year, the designated hitter is hitting a scorching .431 with .692 slugging and .519 on-base percentages – all marks that lead the team. Over his three years in College Park, Olenski played in 41 games, mostly as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter, with a .338 batting average.

Delaware’s other big bats are centerfielder Joe Giacchino, second baseman Zach Lopes, third baseman Diaz Nardo and right fielder Norm Donkin. Lopes and Giacchino are both hitting over .300 (.353 and .322, respectively) and are tied for the team-lead in hits (48). Nardo, meanwhile, leads the Blue Hens in RBI (28) with four homers thrown in. Donkin is tied with Lopes for the team-lead in runs scored (30) while stealing a team-high 11 bases this season.

First pitch for today’s game at Shipley Field in College Park is scheduled for 4 p.m. MBN will have the call, which you can listen to here, starting at 3:45.

PROBABLE PITCHING MATCHUPS

Tuesday, 4 p.m. in College Park, Md.

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Both teams have taken a committee approach to their midweek starters, trying out a variety of pitchers to see which ones strive in the role. Freshman Brian Shaffer has five starts on the year with a 5.17 ERA and a 2-0 record. The Terps’ right-hander, who threw six innings of one-run ball a week ago at VCU, will presumably get the nod from pitching coach Jim Belanger this time around.

As for the Blue Hens, they’re more unstable with their midweek starting pitching than Maryland. They’ve had five different pitchers make spot-starts outside of their weekend rotation, making their probables for this home-and-home series tough to predict. Despite compiling just 9.2 innings, freshman Colman Villa has started two games for Delaware this year, sporting a 3.72 ERA. Meanwhile left-handed sophomore Kevin Milley also has two starts on the season with a 4.84 ERA. Freshman Matt Hornich has three starts, but his ERA stands at 12.96 over just 8.1 innings.

Wednesday, 3 p.m. in Newark, Del.

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On Wednesday, we could see right-hander Taylor Bloom take the mound for the Terps. The freshman took a loss in his first career start last week against VCU, going four innings and allowing just two runs. Bloom has appeared out of the bullpen in nine other games this season with a 5.14 ERA.

Series Preview: Purdue…and how to follow

The 20th ranked Maryland Terrapins (27-13, 8-4) will look to stop their three game slide as they travel to West Lafayette, Indiana to face the Purdue Boilermakers (13-28, 1-11) who find themselves dead last in the Big Ten conference standings. While Maryland Baseball Network will not be making the trip to Purdue, here is how you can keep up with your Terps.

Watch (Games 1&2): BTN2go ($)
Listen: Purdue radio broadcast
Follow: MBN on twitter (@mdbaseballnet)

Game 1, Friday 4pm

Brett Haan (RHP) brett haan Purdue logo vs. testudo logoShawaryn HS  Mike Shawaryn (RHP) 

Mike Shawaryn looks to improve on his nation leading nine wins this season as he goes up against veteran right hander Brett Haan. With a victory, Shawaryn would become the winningest pitcher in Maryland history. The sophomore right hander has been brilliant all season. He ranks first in the Big Ten in wins, fourth in ERA (1.67), and first in strikeouts, by a margin of 20.

Haan is just 1-7 on the season with a 6.61 ERA. Like Shawaryn he is making his 11th start of the season, however he has only pitched 47 2/3 innings. His batting average against is .343, so clearly a guy who pitches to contact. Last season Haan began in the bullpen, but was moved into the Sunday starter’s spot for the final five series of the regular season.

 

Game 2, Friday, first pitch 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 1

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After taking over for the injured Tayler Stiles last Saturday, Rob Galligan has earned himself another go. Galligan was thrust into the toughest mental situation the Terps have faced this season, and stepped up to the challenge, earning his first win of the season. The left hander went six strong, allowing just one earned run, and striking out six. This season he boasts an ERA of 1.27 in 14 relief appearances.

Matt Frawley makes his 11th start of the season for Purdue. He is 1-7 on the year with a 4.91 ERA. The sophomore has struck out 24 and walked 16 over 47 2/3 innings pitched. In his start last week against Michigan, he allowed three earned over five innings, giving up five extra base hits.

 

 

Game 3, Sunday at noon 

Gavin Downs (RHP) gavin downs Purdue logo    vs.  testudo logo Drossner HS Jake Drossner (LHP)

After a tumultuous season, Jake Drossner finds himself back in the weekend rotation. After experiments with Ruse, Rios, and Mooney in the Sunday slot all returned less than favorable results, Drossner seemed to discover his command at just the right time. Last Sunday against Cal State Fullerton the junior tossed eight innings of scoreless ball, striking out six. Perhaps most notably, Drossner walked just one, a sign that the lefty who had struggled to get through four innings earlier this season has returned to form.

Gavin Downs will make his ninth start of the season. He is tied for the team lead with 19 appearances this spring. In 40 innings worked, the junior right hander has allowed 47 hits and 30 earned runs, including five opponent big flies.  However, he does have four of Purdue’s 13 wins on the season, which leads the team.

 

 

Boilermakers to watch:

 Kyle Wood

The redshirt junior from Orland Park, Illinois leads Purdue in nearly offensive category. He is batting .342 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI. He is also slugging .507, over a hundred points higher than any other starter. Wood is the prototypical power hitting first baseman, batting third in the Purdue lineup, and once in a while will make an appearance out of the bullpen as well.

 

Joe Eichmann

The senior right hander has been the best reliever out of the Boilermaker pen this season. The 6’4 Eichmann has made a team high 19 appearances, striking out 17 in 25 2/3 innings. His ERA of 3.16 is second best on the Boilermaker squad to Mike Kornacker, Purdue’s more reliable mid-week starter.

Weekend Series Preview: Cal State Fullerton (19-16, 6-3)

The Cal State Fullerton Titans make the trip to College Park for the first time in program history. While the Titans are known for dominating collegiate baseball, they’ve regressed this season and have struggled, and are in danger of not making the postseason for the first time in 23 years.

The Titans lost four of their first five games, but bounced back with eight straight wins, featuring sweeps of Baylor and Texas Tech, until they were swept themselves by Indiana. In late March, the Titans split a midweek series with Nebraska, bringing thei record against the Big Ten to 1-4 on the season.

However, despite their down year, the Titans still find themselves in second place in the Big West, trailing only UC Irvine, who they play next week.

Much of the struggle for Cal St. can be attributed to the offense. As a team, they’ve hit just .259, with a strikeout to walk ratio of 282 : 147. They’re lacking power as well, as the Titans have sent only 11 balls over the fence.

David Olmero-Barrera has one bright spot in the lineup. The junior from La Canada, CA, has hit .302 with four home runs, one shy of the Josh Estill’s team lead. Omlero-Barrera leads the team in RBI’s, with 27, and has hit five triples as well.

The Terps scored three runs in the ninth inning to top Liberty 6-4 in a midweek matchup. Last weekend, the Terps came out on the short end of a 2-1 loss to Big Ten Conference leading Iowa to drop their second Big Ten series of the season.

Brandon Lowe continues to swing the hottest bat in the conference. The second baseman has started all 35 of the Terps games and leads the team in hits (50), home runs (9), slugging percentage (.674) and walks (26). He’s also tied for the team lead in batting average with LaMonte Wade (.370), who returned last weekend from a hand injury.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUPS

FRI AT 7 PM

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So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (8-0, 1.89) vs. Jr. RHP Thomas Eshelman (3-4, 2.34)

Eight starts. Eight wins. Hard to say much more about Mike Shawaryn. The right-hander cruised to his eighth victory of the season against Iowa last Friday, throwing a season-high 128 pitches over eight innings, striking out nine. He continues to lead the Big Ten in both wins (8) and strikeouts (69). The Shawaryn’s 19 career wins are the most by any sophomore in the country, and, with a win tonight, Shawaryn would move into a tie the school record of career wins with John Rayne.

His last time out, Eshelman took a tough loss, as the Titans fell to UC Davis 3-2. The junior tossed eight innings, yielding three runs and striking out two. Eshelman, a native of Carlsbad, CA, has lasted at least six innings in each of his nine starts this season, throwing one complete game shutout against Texas Tech on March 6. He also leads the team in strikeouts, with 61.

SAT AT 2 PM

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So. LHP Tayler Stiles (3-3, 3.23) vs. Jr. RHP Justin Garza (3-2, 3.00)

Stiles has cemented himself as the Saturday starter for John Szefc’s squad, despite losing his last start. The sophomore gave up two runs in six innings last Saturday to the Hawkeyes, striking out four. In his last two starts, the sophomore has struck out 12 and has an ERA of 2.30.

Garza was shaky in his last start, giving up five runs in five innings against UC Davis last Saturday. However, the junior got the win due to some offensive help—as the Titans went on to win 10-6. Garza, a native of Ontario, CA, is one of the shorter members of the team at 5′ 11″, and the shortest pitcher.

SUN AT 1 PM

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TBD vs. Fr. LHP Josh Gavin (5-1, 4.53)

Coaches John Szefc and Jim Belanger have yet to find a consistent third starter for the Terps. Kevin Mooney got the ball last week in his third start of the season, but was pulled after just 1.1 IP. Willie Rios, Jake Drossner, Brian Shaffer and Bobby Ruse have had chances to cement the role as well.

Josh Gavin has been a freshman bright spot for the Titans. He was drafted 39th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers, but elected to attend college. Since then, he’s started nine games—winning 5, while striking out 32, good enough for third on the team. The southpaw has held opponents to just one run in two of his last three starts.

Weekend Series Preview: Iowa (21-8)

by John Vittas

The Terps continue the meaty stretch of their schedule this weekend as they welcome the Iowa Hawkeyes to town. Iowa is ranked in four of the five major polls and provides another difficult test. They are an experienced team on-the-rise that has yet to lose a Big Ten game. Their 6-0 start is the best in school history.

Iowa logoThe Hawkeyes are very similar to last week’s opponent, Nebraska, but a little more balanced. They rank sixth in hitting (.276), fourth in pitching (2.80) and second in defense (.980). Their bullpen isn’t as dominant as the Huskers’, but Iowa’s starting pitching is just as impressive.

Hawkeyes starters are 11-3 with a 2.39 ERA this season. In their six Big Ten wins, their weekend starters have only allowed 10 runs over 42 innings (2.14 ERA). They’ve played their best baseball on the weekends and haven’t lost a series all season.

Their contests have been won and lost in the early stages of the game. Iowa is 18-1 when leading after six innings, and 0-6 when trailing after eight. They’ve jumped on teams early, outscoring their opponents 25-7 in the first inning.

Iowa has thrived on the road this year, having played 22 of their first 29 games away from Iowa City. That success is due in large part to their experienced roster. Four of their starting position players have over 100 career starts, including catalyst Eric Toole.

Toole has started 161 games for the Hawkeyes and has started every game in the leadoff spot and centerfield this season. As you might expect, Toole leads the conference in stolen bases and is top-7 in hits, average and on-base-percentage. He’s batting .458 in Big Ten play and carries a 28-game streak of reaching base into this weekend’s series.

Joel Booker has started every game in right field this season and Jake Mangler has done the same at second base. Mangler is batting .340 with runners in scoring position, and Booker is hitting .317 in such situations.

STARTING PITCHING MATCHUPS

FRI AT 6 PM

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So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (7-0, 2.00) vs. Jr. RHP Tyler Peyton (4-2, 2.17)

There’s not much more you can say about Shawaryn. He’s a winner. Sunday marked the halfway point of the 2015 season, and the righty from New Jersey is two wins away from the school record…as a sophomore. If he gets the win Friday, he’ll move past Charles Devereux into second place all-time, and one away from Devereux’s teammate, John Rayne, who holds the school record. Shawaryn continues to lead the Big Ten in strikeouts and wins.

Tyler Peyton is an excellent two-way player, and has raised his pitching numbers considerably this year. He ranks sixth in the league in strikeouts (42), 11th in ERA (2.17) and 12th in innings pitched (45.2). Peyton tossed 14 straight scoreless innings to start his Big Ten season, which included a complete game shutout against a ranked Indiana team two weeks ago. He followed it up with eight innings of one-run ball against Purdue last weekend. He also went 4-for-9 as a hitter in those two games.

SAT AT 2 PM

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So. LHP Tayler Stiles (3-2, 3.27) vs. Jr. RHP Blake Hickman (4-1, 3.13)

Stiles returned to the weekend rotation last Saturday and was outstanding. He struck out eight over seven innings and allowed only one run on six hits in a win against Nebraska. Head Coach John Szefc said the improvement of Stiles’ changeup has neutralized right handed bats and made him a much more effective pitcher.

Blake Hickman was drafted by the Cubs out of high school and had been a two-way player for Iowa until this year. The transition to the mound exclusively has gone well, as the Chicago native has completed six innings in five of his last six starts. Hickman is holding opponents to a .212 average, a mark that is good for seventh in the Big Ten.

SUN AT NOON

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Jr. RHP Kevin Mooney (0-0, 1.64) vs. Jr. RHP Calvin Mathews (3-0, 1.25)

Mooney will be making his third start of the season and his second as the Sunday starter. The long-time closer had his worst outing of the season against Nebraska last week. He only lasted three innings while allowing four walks and five runs (2 earned). His fastball command was not where it normally is, and he’ll look to correct things against the Hawkeyes.

Calvin Mathews has not pitched as deep as the other two Iowa starters, but he has been the most effective. His 1.25 ERA ranks third in the conference, and his .227 opponents’ average is top ten. A former Friday night starter, Mathews has only given up four earned runs in seven starts and hasn’t allowed more than five hits in any game this season. The bad news for the junior is that he has yet to pitch past the sixth inning as he continues to recover from a shoulder injury.

Weekend Series Preview: No. 18 Nebraska (23-7)

Nebraska is the best team Maryland has seen this season (barring one game with UCF) and will provide the first and maybe the toughest test of 2015. This weekend’s series pits the Big Ten’s top offense (Maryland) against the conferences best pitching staff (Nebraska) – something has to give.

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Nebraska is as hot as it gets – winners of 15 of their last 16 games – including a three-game sweep of a ranked Texas team last weekend.

Their pitching staff is lights out. Nebraska’s weekend starters have a combined ERA hovering around 2.60 and their bullpen is even better. Maryland will not survive if they fall behind this weekend. With rain expected in an already-pitching-friendly College Park, the Terps will have to grind out wins in competitive, low-scoring games.

Nebraska reached the NCAA Tournament as the lone at-large Big Ten team last year. They finished third in their Regional, defeating Binghamton and falling to Cal State Fullerton twice. The Huskers posted a final record of 41-21, reaching their first NCAA Tournament since 2008.

Historically, Nebraska is a been a hotbed for pro talent. Seven Cornhuskers are expected to break Spring Training as Major Leaguers and several more populate the Minor Leagues.

ErstadHead Coach Darin Erstad enters his fourth season in Lincoln. Known for his offensive prowess as a part of the 2002 World Series Champion Anaheim Angels, Erstad has built a national power at Nebraska. An alum of the school, Erstad was a former No. 1 overall pick and a two-time MLB All Star.

Nebraska features a left-handed heavy lineup, led by sophomore centerfielder Ryan Boldt. Boldt leads the team with a .339 average and five stolen bases. The Huskers have four other starters batting above .300. However, they are starved for power, only hitting six home runs as a team all year.

They’ll beat you with pitching defense – the Huskers rank first in the Big Ten in both ERA (2.30) and fielding percentage (.983).

Maryland Notes: The Terps are undefeated at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium this season (7-0) – Kevin Mooney is the seventh Terps pitcher to start a game in 2015 – Mike Shawaryn is now 17-4 to begin his college career – that 17-win plateau puts him in a tie for third place in school history and three wins off the school’s all-time mark

Pitching Matchups

SATURDAY AT NOON

So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (6-0, 2.11) vs. Sr. RHP Chance Sinclair (4-3, 3.45)

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Shawaryn continues to dominate. Fresh off 7.1 innings of one-run ball against Michigan, the New Jersey righty continues to lead the Big Ten in strikeouts and wins. With the rest of the rotation in constant flux, Maryland needs Game 1 on Saturday with Shawaryn on the mound.

While Shawaryn hasn’t lost in 2015, Nebraska ace Chance Sinclair hasn’t lost a Big Ten game in his career – he’s 7-0 in his 9 career Big Ten starts. Sinclair was First Team All-Big Ten and Third Team All-American last year after going 9-1 with a 2.15 ERA over 100 innings. He was the first Cornhusker since 2008 to eclipse triple digits in innings. He’s a former JUCO transfer and does not strike out many, but pitches deep into games and eats innings.

SATURDAY AT 3:30PM

So. LHP Tayler Stiles (2-2, 3.81) vs. Sr. LHP Kyle Kubat (4-0, 1.33)

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Stiles returns to the weekend rotation after an incredible run in the Terps’ bullpen. He is coming off of a seven-inning outing against Michigan where he held the Wolverines to two hits. Stiles also showed the ability to get out of key jams and had become one of the most important arms in the Maryland bullpen. After a tough start to the season in the weekend rotation, Stiles and the Terps are hoping he straightened things out in the bullpen and that Take 2 in the rotation goes better.

Kubat has been the best pitcher for Nebraska this season. The Waterloo, Neb. native is looking for career win No. 20 Saturday, and is coming off consecutive nine-strikeout outings (career highs). A former Freshman All-American, Kubat ranks top 10 in the Big Ten in ERA (1.88), wins (4) and opponents’ batting average (.211), and is tied for second with 47.1 innings pitched. He’s also gained a reputation as a big-game pitcher, which Saturday certainly qualifies as. Kubat has brought home multiple postseason accolades.

SUNDAY AT NOON

Jr. RHP Kevin Mooney (8 IP, 0.00) vs. So. RHP Derek Burkamper (4-1, 2.87)

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Mooney, Maryland’s all-time saves leader, left his heralded spot as the team’s closer on Wednesday. The right-hander threw 39 pitches in two scoreless innings of work to help beat JMU. Mooney has yet to allow a run in eight innings of work in 2015 and has the stuff to beat anyone – which is why the Terps’ coaching staff is turning to him to serve as the band-aid to a battered weekend rotation.

Burkamper was drafted by the Red Sox out of high school and is in his first year in the weekend rotation. The 6-foot-2 inch righty from Iowa is coming off an excellent outing against Texas. He reached the ninth inning, allowing only two runs and five hits. He did not walk a batter as Nebraska won 6-2. It was the longest outing of Burkamper’s career.

Series Preview: Michigan (12-11)

The Wolverines open up their home Big Ten schedule with an unfamiliar opponent, as they host the Terps in the first game between the two schools since 1957. What will be familiar for Maryland however, will be the head coach on the stoop of the opposing dugout, Erik Bakich, who was at the helm in College Park from 2010-2012.

 

Erik Bakich helped turn around the Maryland program and paved the way for John Szefc to take the Terps to their first super-regional last season

Michigan is coming off an 8-3 mid-week victory over Bowling Green, but were swept by Nebraska on the road last weekend to open Big Ten play. The Terps are coming off a mid-week defeat to James Madison 8-6, as the Terps were unable to dig themselves out of an 8-0 hole, despite a worthy comeback effort. The loss snapped Maryland’s ten game winning streak.

 Probable Starters:

Saturday at 12pm

So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (5-0, 2.27) vs. So. LHP Brett Adcock (2-3, 5 . 4 0)

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Shawaryn hardly broke stride entering conference play. He tossed eight innings against Minnesota allowing just one unearned run and striking out 6 to extend his conference leading win total to five. Shawaryn also leads the conference with 47 strikeouts, ten better than the second place mark. Not only is Shawaryn keeping teams off the scoreboard, he’s keeping them off the basepaths as well, boasting a .191 opponent average, and giving up just six walks in 39 2/3 innings pitched.

 Adcock has been inconsistent this season. He was named Big Ten pitcher of the week March 2, after striking out 11 over seven shutout innings in two-hit win over Siena. His following start against Coastal Carrolina he struck out seven in 5 2/3 and did not give up an earned run. However, in the conference opener against Nebraska, Adcock struggled. He gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits, and was pulled in the second inning. Adcock relies on deception from the left side, and leads the conference with 14 batters called out on strikes.

Saturday at 3:30pm

Fr. LHP Willie Rios (1-0, 6.28) vs. Fr. RHP Ryan Nutof (1-2, 3 . 5 8)

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Rios is coming off a tough outing against Minnesota, in which he allowed seven hits and seven earned runs over just two innings pitched. The freshman has been hurt this season by leaving too many pitches over the plate, as he has conceded 18 hits through 14 1/3 innings pitched. His lone victory came against Princeton two weeks ago, when he went six scoreless innings, striking out five.

As a freshman, Nutof has been a workhorse for the Wolverines. He has pitched a team high 32 2/3 innings, striking out 26, but a lack of run support has kept his win total lower than his numbers would dictate. In his last start against Nebraska he struck out seven, but allowed five earned runs, in 5.2 innings pitched.

Sunday at 12pm

Sr. RHP Bobby Ruse (4-0, 4.09) vs. Fr. RHP  Jayce Vancena (0-1,  3 . 4 4)

 

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Since making the move to the starting rotation Ruse has earned a win and a no decision, with the Terps winning both games he started. He didn’t go as deep as he would have liked in his start last week against Minnesota, giving up three in four innings of work. However Ruse continues to do what the coaching staff has asked of him; give his team a chance to win regardless of when he comes in the game. Ruse is currently tied for second in the conference with four victories.

Vancena has been a solid arm in the Sunday slot for the Wolverines. In his first career start against Davidson, he allowed just one earned run over 5.1 innings pitched. The 6-5 freshman, received a no decision in the series finale against Nebraska, giving up one earned run in 4 2/3 innings, striking out four.

Wolverines to Watch:

Jacbob Cronenworth, Junior, first basemen/ relief pitcher 

Batting leadoff, he’s the fist guy you see in the batters box, and his duel role as a closer makes him the final guy you might see on the mound. Cronenworth has a .312 average with 29 hits on the season and has scored 25 runs, good for second in the conference. He is also tied with Brandon Lowe for walks, with 16, good for second in the Big Ten. On the mound he posts a 2.79 ERA in six appearances and has earned three saves on the season. He has struck out 11 in 9 2/3 innings of work.

Jackson Glines, Senior, center fielder

Glines was named Big Ten player of the week March 2, after batting .611 in the weekend prior. On the season he leads Michigan in mnay offensive categories with a slash line of  .453/.533/.549 and has 40 total bases batting in the two hole. His average and on base percentage both lead the Big Ten, and he is second in hits to Brandon Lowe with 34. He has also yet to make an error, patrolling center field.

Cody Bruder, junior, left fielder

Bruder is batting .330 on the year with 6 doubles and 21 driven in. His RBI mark is tied with Nick Cieri for fifth in the conference. He transferred from Orange Coast College, where he was named an Empire Conference first team selection as a sophomore last season.

Weekend Series Preview: Minnesota (7-10)

The Terps take a seven game winning streak into Big Ten play Saturday after 61 years in the ACC. They’ll begin their history in the Big Ten against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Gophers

Minnesota (7-10) has yet to play a home game. They’re coming off a split of a two-game set with Richmond, a team who Maryland beat 8-3. The Golden Gophers allowed 25 runs in the two games against the Spiders.

Maryland’s offense is operating at an all-time high. The Terps have averaged 10.6 runs per game over their current winning streak. For more stats and figures on the 2015 Terps, check out the game notes.

Pitching Matchups

SATURDAY AT 1 PM

So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (4-0, 2.84) vs. Sr. RHP Ben Meyer (0-2, 4.56)

702981 Shawaryn HS vs. Meyer Gophers

The first battle of Big Ten aces in 2015 will be a good one.

Shawaryn is the reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week after an 11 strikeout performance that saw the Terps’ righty shutout the Princeton Tigers over seven innings of work. He leads the Big Ten in strikeouts by a wide margin and is holding opponents to a .189 batting average.

Meyer was one of the best pitchers in the conference in 2014, finishing sixth in ERA (2.39), fifth in strikeouts (67) and fourth in innings pitched (98). He’s as seasoned as they come and should be one of the best starting pitchers the Terps have seen this season.

SATURDAY AT 4:30 PM

Fr. LHP Willie Rios (1-0, 2.19) vs. Jr. LHP Dalton Sawyer (3-2, 3.54)

702981 Rios vs. Sawyer Gophers

Rios was terrific in his last start against Princeton, allowing only four hits over six innings while shutting out the Tigers. He could’ve pitched deeper but was pulled after 72 pitches. The freshman showed he can be economical by keeping the ball down in the zone and forcing batters to pound pitches into the slow Shipley Field turf.

Sawyer is transitioning into the starting rotation this year after posting a 2.62 ERA as the team’s closer last year. He is considered a major prospect and is pitching well at the moment. Scouts will certainly be paying close attention to the Rios-Sawyer Saturday matchup.

SUNDAY AT NOON

Sr. RHP Bobby Ruse (4-0, 3.50) vs. So. RHP Tim Shannon (1-1, 3.86)

702981 Ruse HS vs. Shannon Gophers

Ruse makes his second start of the season after leaving the bullpen last weekend. Bobby struck out eight Princeton hitters in five innings on Monday as he looks to pin down the Sunday starter role with another strong outing.

Shannon is in his first year with the program after transferring in. His control has been excellent, having walked only two batters over his first 21 innings. He’ll be the third Minnesota starting pitcher to toe the rubber at at least 6-foot-5 this weekend.

Scouting the Gophers

This is the first ever meeting between Maryland and Minnesota.

John AndersonThe Gophers have been a long-time powerhouse in the Big Ten. Head coach John Anderson is in his 34th season in Minneapolis and has taken Minnesota to 17 NCAA Tournaments. He’s had 32 winning seasons and has captured 16 Big Ten titles and six Coach of the Year awards. Anderson has more wins than any other Big Ten coach (1,151) and has produced 90 pro draft picks, including 18 Major Leaguers.

Strengths: experience, rotation

Offensively, Minnesota returned five of their top eight hitters from last season, including their top four bats. Connor Shaefbauer led the team in hitting last year and returns for his third year at second base.

Matt Fiedler has had a breakout sophomore campaign, ranking second in the conference in hitting with an average of .422. He’s slugging at .609 and has been dominant on the mound, allowing only one hit through six innings this season.

Dan Motl, Tony Skjefte, Jordan Smith and Michael Handel all started last year as well and will be in the lineup this weekend against the Terps.

The rotation for the Gophers is as steady as there is. The ace, Ben Meyer has had an ERA in the twos throughout his career. Dalton Sawyer has only allowed 19 hits in 28 innings this seasons and Tim Shannon has only walked two batters through 21 innings and has a sub-4 ERA. They are all capable of pitching deep into games, and will likely need to.

Weaknesses: offensive firepower, bullpen

Despite an experienced and united lineup, the Gophers have not been hitting this year. Their team slash line of .242 / .313 / .344 is well off the Terps pace of .305 / .411 / .467. Fiedler is the only Gopher batting above .258.

In the bullpen, Minnesota has five relievers with double-digit ERAs. Excluding their weekend rotation, 10 of their remaining 13 arms have ERAs north of six. The Terps will look to rally late in games again this weekend.

Series Preview: Elon (8-9)

Fresh off a sweep against Princeton, No. 14 Maryland (12-4) heads to Elon to take on the newest member of the CAA for a two-game midweek set. The Terps will look to build on their five game winning streak before heading home to open Big Ten play on Friday.

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Pitching Matchups

TUESDAY AT 4 PM

702981 Shaffer vs. Bakker Elon

Fr. RHP Brian Shaffer (1-0, 7.20) vs. Sr. RHP Lucas Bakker (2-3, 9.00)

Shaffer is making his first appearance in 9 days, when he was roughed up by UNC Wilmington. The freshman lasted just three innings, giving up four earned runs on seven hits to the hard-hitting team. A move to the midweek could get the Shaffer back on track, but Elon will be a test.

Bakker has been an outstanding college pitcher throughout his career, but has hit a major road block in 2015. After leading the team in wins, innings and strikeouts last year, the Australian has been knocked around to the tune of a .347 opponents batting average in 2015.

WEDNESDAY AT 4 PM

702981 Drossner HS vs. Elon

Jr. LHP Jake Drossner (0-0, 4.50) vs. TBD

The Terps have won both of Drossner’s starts, but Pennsylvania lefty has been unable to get through the fourth inning in either of them. Maryland will need him to pitch deeper against an Elon lineup that poses matchup problems from top to bottom.

Scouting the Phoenix

The good part: Elon is batting .311 this year, with six of their starters batting over .340.

The bad part: Their pitching staff is giving up 11 runs per game.

Expect a lot of runs the next two days, as the Phoenix allowed 41 runs to East Carolina over the weekend. So far this year, they’ve given up 11 runs or more in eight different games. Factor in that the Terps scored 33 runs in three games against Princeton this weekend, and Maryland’s lineup should be eager to get back on the field Tuesday.

Offensively, Elon is led by senior Casey Jones, who batted .418 last year to win the SoCon batting title and finish fourth in the country in hitting. He was top six nationally in AVG, OBP and SLG and won the Southern Conference Player of the Year Award. He’s off to a .348 start this season and has much more help, as four other Elon hitters have a higher average so far.

Chris King and Nick Zammarelli are the main power threats for Elon. Zammarelli already has four home runs and 26 RBIs, while King is at three and 24 respectively. Joey Tomko (.410), Ryan Cooper (.375), Quinn Bower (.361) and Austin Leeney (.353) are all off to great starts to help fuel the high-octane Phoenix offense.

Historically, Elon has been a mid-major powerhouse, having posted 17 winning seasons in head coach Mike Kennedy’s 18 years. They’ve recorded 51 wins over ACC teams during that span and captured six Southern Conference titles. The most recent one came in 2013, when they finished as runner ups in the Charlottesville Regional.

Weekend Series Preview: Princeton

The Princeton Tigers (1-6) visit College Park this weekend for a three-game series which will include a Saturday trip to Harford CC due to impending rain.

The Tigers won 14 games each of the past two seasons, meaning anything less than a sweep will be a disappointment for the 16th-ranked Terrapins (9-4).

Princeton old school

They’re led by junior infielder Danny Hoy, who hit three home runs in one day against UNC Greensboro last weekend. Hoy is off to a .357 start with a team-high 11 RBIs. He batted .285 with good power last year.

Peter Owens leads the team in hitting with a .478 average through seven games and key returner Billy Arendt is batting .370 with six RBI. Sophomore Zack Belski is the other name to remember. He’s slugging at a .462 clip to begin the year after posting a .280 season as a true freshman season last year.

Head coach Scott Bradley is in his 18th season at Princeton and has taken the Tigers to six NCAA tournaments. He is the younger brother of former USA National Soccer team head coach Bob Bradley. Scott played nine seasons in Major League Baseball, and served as an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners for much of the late 1980s.

MBN will broadcast each of the three games this weekend, with Terps Pre-Game Live beginning at 2:30pm on Friday here.

Pitching Matchups

FRIDAY AT 3 PM

So. RHP Mike Shawaryn (3-0, 3.65) vs. So. RHP Chad Powers (0-2, 4.00)

702981 Shawaryn HS vs. Powers Princeton logo

Shawaryn is coming off his worst start of the season. He allowed six earned runs and seven hits over 4.1 innings against the Seahawks, teeing up three home runs in the process. His peripheral numbers are still outstanding. He’s struck out 30 batters in 24.2 innings and is only allowing opponents to hit at a .176 clip against him.

Chad Powers, the ace of this staff, has had two vastly different outings this season. In his first start of the year against LSU, Powers was very good, only allowing two hits in five strong innings. Unfortunately, his team made errors behind him so he allowed three runs, only one earned, and was handed the loss. In his second outing, Powers ran into trouble, giving up seven runs in four innings of work.

SATURDAY AT 7 PM at BEL AIR

Fr. LHP Willie Rios (0-0, 4.26) vs. So. LHP Keelan Smithers (1-1, 7.71)

702981 Rios vs. Smithers Princeton logo

Rios looked impressive in his first college start against UNC Wilmington, but his defense betrayed him as the Terps committed six errors in an 11-9 loss. The Connecticut native is looking for things to settle down as he gets the start in Bel Air under the lights.

Keelan Smithers has the singular win for this Princeton ball club. However, it was not a product of his pitching. He has lasted only three and four innings in his initial two outings, and has given up five runs in both. He pitches to contact, and has only struck out three of the 41 batters he has faced.

SUNDAY AT 2 PM

Sr. RHP Bobby Ruse (3-0-, 4.15) vs. TBD

702981 Ruse HS vs. Princeton logo

Ruse comes out of the bullpen to make his first start of 2015. He’s vulchered three wins out of the bullpen so far, striking out 14 batters in 13 innings. Ruse started four games last year and is accustomed to transitioning in and out of the bullpen. With the weekend rotation coming off a difficult series against UNC Wilmington, Ruse is looked to to be a steadying senior presence against Princeton.