Rankings Update: Week of 5/16

The Maryland Terrapins (26-24, 11-10 Big 10, 73 RPI) dropped two of three games at home to Rutgers (25-26, 8-13 Big 10, 72 RPI) last weekend. The Terps head to East Lansing, Michigan, for the final three games of the regular season against Michigan State (33-15, 12-9 Big 10, 66 RPI) beginning Thursday afternoon.

The Spartans hold sixth place in the Big 10 standings, sitting just one game ahead of the seventh place Terps.

The Terps are just 1.5 games behind fifth place Michigan (34-16, 12-8 Big 10, 29 RPI), who were swept by fourth place Ohio State (35-16-1, 13-8 Big 10, 76 RPI) last weekend. Michigan will play at ninth place Illinois (26-22, 10-11 Big 10, 58 RPI) this weekend.

The Terps hold the tie-breaker over eighth place Penn State (27-25, 11-10 Big 10, 112 RPI) because of a series win in late April. The Nittany Lions host 10th place Iowa (24-24, 10-11 Big 10, 96 RPI) this weekend.

With a strong series at Michigan State and help from Minnesota (33-15, 15-5 Big 10, 41 RPI), Indiana (31-18, 15-6 Big 10, 95 RPI) and Illinois, the Terps could climb as high as third place in the Big 10. With a poor series, the team could finish as low as 11th place.

First place Minnesota hosts Ohio State, second place Indiana will play at third place Nebraska (33-18, 13-8 Big 10, 54 RPI), and Illinois hosts Michigan.

Minnesota was the only Big 10 team to receive rankings in any polls. The Golden Gophers were ranked 24 by D1 Baseball’s Top 25 and USA Today’s Coaches Poll, 26 by Collegiate Baseball, and 21 by Baseball America.

The Big 10 Tournament begins Wednesday, May 25 in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Big 10 Conference: 7

RPI: 73

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

 

Rankings Update: Week of 5/9

Maryland (25-21, 10-8 Big 10) dropped two of three games to Illinois in College Park, Maryland last weekend, but will look to bounce back against West Virginia (27-19, 11-9 Big 12) Tuesday night and make up ground in the Big 10 standings against Rutgers (23-25, 6-12 Big 10) this weekend.

West Virginia is ranked 95 in RPI, while Rutgers is ranked 79 in RPI.

The Terps sit in eighth place in the Big 10 as the conference tournament in Omaha, Nebraska approaches (May 25-29). The team has a realistic shot of finishing fourth place in the conference standings if they end the regular season strong against Rutgers and Michigan State (31-12, 11-6).

The Terps travel to East Lansing, Michigan from May 19-21 to play the final three games of the regular season against Michigan State. The Spartans are ranked 50 in RPI, but received votes in USA Today’s Coaches Poll and in Baseball America’s top-25 poll.

 

Big 10 Conference: 8

RPI: 57

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

 

 

Rankings Update: Week of 5/3

Maryland was able to take two out of three on the road against the Penn State Nittany Lions to improve their record to 24-19 on the season and 9-6 in Big Ten play. Maryland also traveled to James Madison and avenged a loss from earlier in the season while battling through thunder and lightning that caused a two hour delay. The Terps beat the Dukes 19-12 in extra innings in a game that lasted 6 hours and 31 minutes.

This week, Maryland finishes off their five game road stretch in a midweek stint against Towson (17-28, 7-8 CAA) before coming home to play a three game series against Illinois (21-19, 7-8 Big Ten).

Winning the series against PSU, kept Maryland’s standing at 6th best in the conference. However, this series against Illinois is pivotal down the stretch because Illinois can leapfrog Maryland if the Fighting Illini sweep the Terrapins or they finish the weekend with a tied record in conference if Illinois takes two of three.

Maryland was able to improve their RPI rating 12 spots from last week. Neither of their upcoming opponents are ranked and have RPI ratings significantly lower than Maryland’s (Towson 223, Illinois 91) .

Big 10 Conference: 6th

RPI: 47

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Rankings Update: Week of 4/25

The Terrapins (21-18, 7-5 Big 10) enter the week following a series win over the Purdue Boilermakers in College Park, Maryland. The Terps dropped Friday’s series opener, but rebounded to win the next two games over the weekend.

This week, the Terps travel south to Harrisonburg, Virginia for a Tuesday night matchup against James Madison (17-23, 7-8 CAA) and a trip to University Park, Pennsylvania this weekend to play Penn State (24-17, 9-6 Big 10).

The Terps remain unranked and dropped 22 spots in RPI in the latest polls. Neither of this week’s opponents are ranked. James Madison is number 193 in RPI, while Penn State is number 93.

Big 10 conference standings leaders Minnesota and Michigan are the only Big 10 teams to be ranked in any top-25 poll. Michigan State received votes in multiple polls.

 

Big 10 conference standings: Tied-6th

RPI: 59

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Rankings Update: Week of 4/18

The Terrapins fell three spots this week to number seven in the Big 10, after giving up two of three weekend games to the third place Minnesota Golden Gophers. However, the Terps remain over .500, with a 5-4 record in the Big 10 and a 19-17 record overall.

There are no mid-week games scheduled this week, so the Terps will have a break before they welcome Purdue to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium for a three-game series starting Friday. The Boilermakers are in last place in the Big 10, with a 1-11 conference record. They are 5-27 overall.

The Terps moved up 2 spots in the RPI rankings, from 39 to 37. They are still unranked in all the other polls, and did not receive any votes. Purdue is also unranked, and is number 266 in RPI.

Big 10 conference standings: 7

RPI: 37

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

Rankings Update: Week of 4/11

The Maryland Terrapins (18-15, 4-2 Big Ten) are tied for fourth place in the Big Ten Conference and sitting three games above .500 for the first time this season following a three-game sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes (19-11, 2-4 Big Ten) in College Park, Maryland. With dynamic pitching and limited, but clutch hitting, the Terps won all three nail-biters at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium over the weekend.

This week, the Terps head south to Richmond, Virginia for a mid-week matchup with the Richmond Spiders (17-14, 4-5 Atlantic 10) and northwest to Minneapolis, Minnesota for a weekend conference series with the Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-10, 4-1 Big Ten), who are second in the Big Ten Conference standings.

The Terps climbed 20 spots in the RPI rankings this week and are currently positioned at 49. The team did not receive votes in any top-25 polls. Minnesota is ranked 20 and Richmond is ranked 203 in RPI. Both opponents remain unranked in all other polls.

 

Big 10 Conference standings: T-4

RPI: 49

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked

 

 

Rankings Update: Week of 4/3

After dropping two of three over the weekend to High Point to fall back to .500 on the season, the Terrapins (14-14) remain unranked. Their Friday loss snapped a modest three-game winning streak that included a midweek home-and-home series sweep of VCU. Maryland has not been ranked yet this season.

This week, the Terps travel to Lynchburg Tuesday to play Liberty for the second time this year; Maryland won the first matchup, 10-9. They return home Wednesday to face off against the James Madison Dukes for the first time this season before hosting Ohio State (19-7-1) this weekend in their first home conference series of the year.

Maryland did not receive votes in any polls, and none of the teams they will face this upcoming week are ranked. Ohio State received votes in the NCBWA poll. Michigan (25 D1 Baseball, 21 NCBWA) is the only ranked Big Ten team, although Michigan State and Nebraska received votes in both polls.

 

NCBWA: Unranked

USA Today’s Coaches Poll: Unranked

D1 Baseball’s Top 25: Unranked

Collegiate Baseball: Unranked

Baseball America: Unranked