Series Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

Maryland enters its weekend matchup with Illinois desperate for a series win. The Terps suffered three consecutive series losses, including back-to-back sweeps from the East Carolina Pirates and the Creighton Bluejays.

A midweek loss to William & Mary on Tuesday sent Maryland below .500 for the first time since February, a sign of the Terps’ struggles both at the plate and on the mound.

While the team is capable of reaching base, Maryland has struggled to plate runs of late. In their 8-1 loss to the Tribe on Wednesday, the Terps’ only run came from a Justin Vought solo homer in the fourth.

Senior Taylor Wright leads Maryland’s offense with a team-high 12 doubles and .301 batting average. The third baseman, with a .301 average, is the only Terp batting over .270. Center fielder Chris Alleyne has the second-highest average at .267.

Head coach Rob Vaughn has been the first to say that offense is more than batting average. But, for the Terps, the “quality at-bats” the second-year coach stresses aren’t as apparent. The team holds a .350 OBP, as every player but Wright has a sub-.400 OBP.

Both Maxwell Costes and Caleb Walls sit on the cusp of the .400 OBP mark, with .390 and .398, respectively. Costes started the year hot, but has struggled of late, and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Tribe on Wednesday. Even so, the freshman leads the Big Ten with 10 hit-by-pitches, and has the ability to provide the Terps with a baserunner.

Maryland’s bullpen has also struggled in recent weeks, as there are now only two relievers with sub-2.00 ERAs: right-hander Mike Vasturia (0.00) and left-hander Andrew Vail (1.42). Additionally, the Terps may be without freshman Will Glock (2.38 ERA) and junior Elliot Zoellner (6.14 ERA), after Glock left Sunday’s match with an apparent arm injury and Zoellner left Wednesday’s game with finger discomfort.

Illinois Fighting Illini (19-8, 0-3 Big Ten)

Last Season

Illinois finished fourth in the Big Ten with a 15-9 conference record, before Purdue knocked it out of the conference tournament. When the Terps faced the Fighting Illini in College Park, Illinois won the series 2-1 after Maryland forced a rubber match with a Saturday victory.

This season

Now, the Fighting Illini enter the weekend on a two-game win streak, after defeating No. 19 Coastal Carolina in a two-game midweek matchup. After reaching a No. 25 ranking last week, Illinois dropped out of the top-25 after suffering a midweek loss to Indiana State and a weekend sweep at the hands of Iowa.

Hitters to watch

Illinois boasts five players batting above .300, though one, Zac Taylor, has not played since early March. Whether Taylor makes an appearance at the plate against the Terps, the Fighting Illini still have a battery of strong hitters. Junior Michael Massey leads the team with 35 hits, while senior Grant Van Scoy has the highest OBP (.446) of Illinois’ consistent starters.

Relievers to watch

The Fighting Illini have two relievers with sub-2.00 ERAs: Garrett Acton (0.00 ERA) and Ryan Schmitt (1.69 ERA). The pair have a combined 24 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Friday, 7:00 p.m. ET

Sr. RHP Hunter Parsons ( 4-2, 2.20 ERA) v. R-Sr. LHP Andy Fisher (3-1, 3.60 ERA)

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Parsons, Maryland’s senior ace, has provided the Terps with solid Friday starts. Though the righty leads the team with 40 strikeouts in 49 innings pitched, he has also hit a team-hit 10 batters, and walked 11.

For Illinois, Fisher has provided a number of strong outings, leading the team with 42 strikeouts in 40 innings pitched, though the southpaw has also walked 16 batters.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Saturday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Zach Thompson (1-3, 5.02 ERA) v. Jr. RHP Ty Weber (1-1, 1.87 ERA)

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Though Thompson’s numbers don’t necessarily prove it, the right-hander has shown he deserves the Saturday starter spot. With 33 strikeouts in his 37.2 innings pitched, Thompson has given up 19 free bases so far this year.

Weber, with the lowest ERA among weekend starters, has recorded only 13 strikeouts in his 17 innings pitched, but has walked 17 batters and hit four.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET

Fr. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-3, 5.16 ERA) v. Jr. RHP Cyrillo Watson (3-1, 3.34 ERA)

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As the Terps’ Sunday starter, LaBonte is still developing his craft in his freshman season with Maryland. The righty has 27 strikeouts in his 29.2 innings pitched.

For the Fighting Illini, Watson has walked a team-high 20 batters, though the righty has also struck out 24 in his 32.1 innings of work.

Game Preview: William & Mary Tribe

Maryland travels to Virginia to take on William & Mary on Wednesday, as the Terps look to right the ship after a rough weekend series against Indiana in which they dropped two of three games.

Maryland will also seek revenge on the Tribe after dropping two games to them in 2018, including in a similar early-April matchup last season. The Tribe beat the Terps on Feb. 21, 10-4, and April 3, 4-3.

The Tribe have won four games in a row after a sweep of the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks and will look to continue this upward trend against the Terrapins. Maryland has lost two games in a row and eight of their last 11 en route to a 13-13 record.

Currently, the Terps have fared better on road at 7-4, in comparison to the 5-8 mark at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. This bodes well heading to Virginia to take on William & Mary.

The Terps pitching will also look to improve after allowing 39 runs on 32 hits in the last two games combined while the offense, which has been somewhat streaky this season, looks to add to what they’re doing after scoring five runs or more in three of their last seven games.

Taylor Wright remains the Terps leading hitter at .299 after the weekend series. He, and others such as Chris Alleyne (.282), will look to get Maryland some hitters over the .300 mark. Alleyne and sophomore Randy Bednar still lead the team with four home runs each.

William & Mary Tribe (19-7, 4-2 CAA)

Last Season

The Tribe is coming off of a very disappointing 2018 season, going 15-39 overall with just a 12-17 record at home. After starting last season 15-23, William & Mary went on to lose 16 games in a row dropping their record to a whopping 15-39. In that stretch, The Tribe was swept by Northeastern, Hofstra, N.C. State, Delaware, Virginia Tech, and Elon in that respective order and were eliminated from contention for the CAA tournament. William and Mary did, however, beat the Terrapins twice.

This Season

William & Mary have turned itself around, at least for the first half of the 2019 season. With a 19-7 record, the Tribe is 4-2 in conference and 10-6 at home, having played no ranked opponents so far. William & Mary is currently second in the CAA standings behind only Elon, which is 4-1 in conference and 15-12 overall.

Hitters to Watch

The Tribe have three players hitting above .300 to start the season. They’ve been led by senior catcher Hunter Smith, who is hitting a whopping .337 with seven home runs and 26 RBI in 26 games, and has been a force to be reckoned with so far this season. Senior Zach Pearson and freshman Hunter Hart are also above the .300 mark, hitting .333 and .316, respectively.

Pitchers to Watch

Sophomore Randall Prosperi leads the Tribe with 13 relief appearances and has been effective in those appearances. Prosperi is 3-0 with a 2.77 ERA, has walked just four and has struck out 16 batters along the way. Chris Farrell is second on the team with 11 relief appearances; the junior boasts a 2.51 ERA and a 2-1 record. In those appearances, Farrell has struck out 22 and walked just 10.

 

Series Preview: Indiana Hoosiers

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A brand-new season starts Friday for Maryland baseball, as the Terps begin conference play at home against Indiana, the team that helped officially eliminated them from a Big Ten tournament berth last season.

When Maryland traveled to Bloomington for the final series of the 2018 campaign, it controlled its own destiny and knew its path to the postseason. Win all three games, and the Terps would’ve been headed back to the conference tournament.

The exact opposite happened. Indiana won the first two games of the series, and before the series finale even started, the Terps had already been mathematically eliminated. Then, Maryland suffered a season-ending 13-3 defeat to end the year with a sour taste.

That difficult weekend can be vindicated, to an extent, this weekend in College Park. For the first time since 2014, Maryland didn’t play a midweek contest in the days before the conference opener, giving the Terps a full work week to prepare for the typical conference powerhouse.

Maryland has lost its last six games at home — a three-game sweep two weekends ago against East Carolina and the same result last weekend against Creighton. The Terps are only averaging two runs per game during the tough spell at home.

After last weekend, no player is hitting above .300 for the Terps. Third baseman Taylor Wright’s .297 average is the closest to that mark. Wright leads the conference with 10 doubles and ranks third with 27 hits.

Outfielder Randy Bednar and first baseman Maxwell Costes sit near the top of the Big Ten in runs batted in. Bednar’s 20 RBI are the fourth-most in the conference, and Costes’ 19 are tied for fifth. That production will need to continue as Big Ten play kicks off.

Indiana Hoosiers (15-9, 3-0 Big Ten)

Last Season

Indiana had another very successful season, finishing the year 40-19 with a 21-5 record at home. After ending the regular season on a six-game winning streak, including the sweep over Maryland, it participated in the Big Ten and NCAA tournaments. A win over Michigan State was sandwiched between a pair of losses to Iowa, and then the Hoosiers suffered season-ending losses to a pair of ranked teams in No. 25 Texas A&M and No. 14 Texas.

This Season

Indiana enters this series with eight wins in its last nine contests, including a sweep at home against Iowa to begin its Big Ten slate. The Hoosiers are 9-1 at home, but 6-8 away from Bloomington. Indiana has tested itself against three ranked opponents, and won one of those games. The Hoosiers lost to No. 1 Oregon State, 8-3, and No. 11 Coastal Carolina, 6-5, but beat No. 21 UConn, 9-6.

Hitters to Watch

Junior outfielder Matt Gorski is the consistent bat in the Hoosiers lineup, hitting a team-high .299 with 26 hits. His six home runs are the fifth-most in the conference. Sophomore infielder Cole Barr is only hitting .259, but his nine homers lead the Big Ten and are 12th-most in the entire country. In total, Indiana has four hitters sitting at or above a .284 batting average. Maryland only has one of those.

Pitchers to Watch

Sophomore righty Connor Manous is the go-to arm out of the bullpen. His 21.1 innings in 13 relief appearances are third-most on the team, including the starting pitchers. He owns a 2.95 ERA and holds hitters to a .149 average. Junior lefty Andrew Saalfrank has split six appearances between relief and starting. In 17.1 innings, he has a 2.60 ERA with 19 strikeouts and only six walks.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Thursday, 6:30 p.m. EST

Sr. RHP Hunter Parsons (3-2, 2.63 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP Pauly Milto (4-1, 2.28 ERA) 

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Parsons only allowed three earned runs in his first four starts of the season. He’s now allowed nine in his last two starts. Still, the righty went eight innings last weekend against Creighton, striking out 10 batters. It was his first performance of the year without a walk. Parsons allowed two earned runs over six innings last year against the Hoosiers.

Milto was in the middle of Indiana’s rotation a season ago, and he’s transitioned into the ace without much trouble. He only allowed one earned run with 10 strikeouts last weekend against Iowa, pitching into the ninth inning. He’s conceded one or fewer runs in three of his six starts this year. The right-hander only allowed one run against Maryland last season.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Friday, 2:00 p.m. EST

Jr. RHP Zach Thompson (1-2, 3.63) vs. Jr. RHP Tanner Gordon (2-3, 3.98 ERA)

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Two weekends ago, Thompson had his best outing when he allowed two runs over eight innings against a very good East Carolina team. He followed it up with a solid, but less impressive two-run, five-inning outing against Creighton. After transferring and sitting out a season, this will be Thompson’s first taste of Big Ten competition.

Gordon’s junior campaign didn’t start very well, allowing 12 earned runs in his first 16 innings of the season in four starts. Since then, though, he’s been untouchable in his previous two outings. He’s allowed seven hits in 15 innings, only conceded two earned runs, and struck out 22 hitters. In those two starts, he recorded double-digit strikeouts in each and only had one combined walk.

Starting Pitching Matchup 

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. EST

Fr. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-2, 2.63 ERA) vs. Jr. LHP Andrew Saalfrank (1-1, 2.60 ERA)

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For the first time in LaBonte’s starting career, he didn’t last a full five innings last weekend against Creighton. The freshman only conceded one run in 4.2 innings, but a pair of career-highs with eight strikeouts and five walks, his pitch count couldn’t carry him through the fifth frame. LaBonte hasn’t conceded more than three runs in the first five starts of his college career.

Saalfrank has made six appearances this season, notching a start in three of them. He only pitched two innings last weekend, but didn’t allow a run before his departure. Two weekends ago, the southpaw had in incredible outing. He allowed one earned run in seven innings, recording 14 of his 21 outs via the strikeout. He hasn’t walked more than two batters in an appearance this season.

Series Preview: Creighton Bluejays

With a commanding 12-4 win over the Elon Phoenix, the Terrapins (12-8) capped off a dominant two-game sweep of Elon on the road. The Terps offense, which surged for 23 runs over the two-game swing, will look to stay hot as they travel back home this weekend to face the Creighton Bluejays (8-5).

The series had previously been scheduled to be played in Omaha at TD Ameritrade Park, but due to heavy snowfall, the series was moved to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park.

The Terrapins and Bluejays will be facing each other for the first time in over 20 years, so the history between the two schools is relatively short. Maryland will surely be looking to add some of its own success to the schools’ brief history this weekend, and there’s no better time to do so than after outscoring their last opponent 23-8.

The Terps also outhit their last opponent 23-9 with a couple of outstanding performances from senior AJ Lee and junior Caleb Walls. While some Terps notched themselves a pair of hits over the two-game series, Lee compiled three hits in four at-bats including a two-run homer and two-run double while Walls mashed a couple of home runs himself as part of his own four-hit day on Tuesday.

As for Maryland’s pitchers, they’re sitting on just six earned runs over the last two games and were given big enough leads throughout the series to cruise on by with 22 strikeouts and two wins under their belts. While five pitchers mostly split up innings during Tuesday’s 12-4 win, junior Tuck Tucker started Wednesday’s game and provided five one-run, one-hit innings as the Terps eased their way into another dominant win.

Creighton Bluejays (8-5, 0-0 Big East)

Last Season

Despite finishing the 2018 season with an overall record of 34-16, Creighton’s best since 2016, a conference record of 8-9 wasn’t good enough to push the Bluejays into the Big East tournament. While they did win the second-most overall games in the Big East after St. Johns’s 36, it simply wasn’t enough, leaving the Bluejays out of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year.

This Season

Creighton has yet to play a home game this season due to the terrible weather Omaha has had since the season opened up, but they still carry an 8-5 record including some very high-scoring wins. In fact, the Bluejays have scored 10 or more runs in six of their eight wins. However, their opponents have also scored a lot, and they’re coming off of a series loss in which their opponent, Evansville, outscored them 22-11. One of those games was an 11-0 slaughter by Evansville.

Hitters to Watch

The Bluejays have three hitters who each have an on-base plus slugging percentage of over .900. Those hitters are senior Parker Upton (1.084) and juniors Jake Holton (1.022) and Will Robertson (.990). The three of those hitters have combined for 10 home runs and are responsible for nearly 50 percent of Creighton’s RBI this season.

Pitchers to Watch

Creighton’s pitchers have been shelled up to this point in the season. Between the four pitchers who have started games for them, they’ve pitched 54.2 innings while letting up 49 earned runs. Some of their better pitchers reside in the bullpen. Right-handed senior Bobby Kametas has pitched 6.1 scoreless innings in six appearances while striking out seven. Their next best pitcher in relief is righty freshman Dylan Tebrake, who, despite pitching just 3.2 innings this season, has only surrendered one hit while limiting batters to a team-best .091 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET

Sr. RHP Hunter Parsons ( 3-1, 2.45 ERA) v. Sr. RHP Mitch Ragan (2-1, 6.56 ERA)

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Hunter Parsons will surely be looking to bounce back after East Carolina knocked his season ERA up by over an entire run after plating six runs against him. The Terps ace received his first loss of the season from that start, and could certainly use a quality start to bring himself back down to Earth.

While Bluejays ace Mitch Ragan leads his team in strikeouts (23) over his 23.1 innings this season, he also leads in hits allowed and total runs allowed. Ragan is returning to the mound after giving up seven runs (two earned) over 3.2 innings while hitting three batters.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Zach Thompson (1-2, 3.34 ERA) v. Sr. LHP Denson Hull (0-2, 9.15 ERA)

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Thompson is coming off one of the best starts out of anyone on the Terrapins roster, allowing only two runs over 8.0 innings against East Carolina. That start helped bring his ERA down from 3.74 to 3.34 as he looks to continue his domination on the mound into Saturday.

Denson Hull leads all Bluejay starters in ERA — and by quite a large margin (next lowest is 6.56). He leads Creighton in earned runs (20) while also allowing the highes opposing batting average out of Creighton starters (.297). The last time Hull pitched was last Saturday in Evansville, where he gave up four earned runs after allowing five hits and walking four batters.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Fr. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-1, 2.78 ERA) v. Sr. RHP Evan Johnson (1-0, 5.94 ERA)

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Trevor LaBonte, just like Parsons, got roughed up in his last start versus East Carolina. Although his ERA only increased by 0.18, his control was a bit awry, as evident by his three walks and one hit-by-pitch during that start. He’ll also be looking to bounce back against this Creighton team on Sunday.

Johnson had pitched his best game of the season last Sunday, going five innings versus Evansville while only allowing two runs on four hits. However, the senior leads Creighton in total walks (12) this season while also allowing the most extra-base hits by any Bluejay in 2019 (7).

Series Preview: Elon Phoenix

The Maryland Terrapins (10-8) are coming off a weekend series against No.17 East Carolina, where they lost all three games to the Pirates. After the sweep at home, the Terps are on the road to take on Elon in a midweek two-game series.

Maryland is 8-6 against Elon in the series history, with the most recent victory coming a season ago when the Terps took the game 11-3. The Terps are looking to do more damage at the plate against the Phoenix in the series after posting only one run in 27 innings over the weekend.

Although the weekend series was not ideal for Maryland at the plate, the pitching staff continued to succeed against a tough lineup. After conceding nine runs in the first game, the Terps gave up five runs in the following two games combined. Junior Zach Thompson threw eight innings in the second game, letting up two runs, followed by six scoreless frames.

The final game of the weekend was quite the pitchers duel. Trevor LaBonte started for the Terps, going 5.1 scoreless innings, striking out four on five hits. On the other side of the ball, however, is where the cheers were. Sophomore Jake Kuchmaner tossed a perfect game for the Pirates, the first of his young career.

The young bullpen worked through tough situations for the Terps, as well. Freshman Andrew Vail fanned two in an inning of work on Saturday, while four relievers came out of the bullpen on Sunday to take over for LaBonte.

Elon Phoenix (11-8, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

The Phoenix finished the 2018 campaign with their most wins since 2011. A 36-23 record was stopped short with an early exit in their conference tournament after falling to top-seeded Northeastern.

This Season

Elon is off to a good start this season, picking up some big out of conference wins to boost its early season resume. In a two game series against No.20 Wake Forest, the Phoenix split the series with the Demon Deacons. In their last series, the Phoenix won two of three at Western Carolina.

Hitters to Watch

Elon has three hitters with an average above the .300 mark on the year. Leading the team is junior infielder Joe Satterfield, who in 19 games is batting .403 with a .569 slugging percentage. Garrett Stonehouse and Cam Devanney round out the top of Elon’s order that has damaged opposing pitchers this season.

Relievers to Watch

Three arms out of the bullpen for the Phoenix have sub-2.00 ERAs, including Naushon Galbraith (1.00) and Ty Adcock (1.69), with eight and 11 strikeouts, respectively.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Tuesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Mark DiLuia (0-0, 3.68 ERA) vs. Fr. RHP Kyle Greenler (0-0, 1.98 ERA)

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Tuesday is DiLuia’s first start of the season after coming out of the bullpen seven times. A season ago, he started 12 games in 14 appearances with a 5.62 ERA and 47 strikeouts. His longest outing of his 2019 campaign came in 3.1 innings of work against Delaware where he fanned two and let up one hit.

Greenler has started one game in nine appearances this year. As one of Elon’s strongest arms in the bullpen, Greenler is one of three pitchers with a sub-two ERA in at least nine innings of work.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Tuck Tucker (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. TBD

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The southpaw has yet to let up a run in 2.1 innings of work this season. Tucker will also be getting his first start of the year like DiLuia. Opposing hitters are batting .250 with two hits against the junior.

Series Preview: East Carolina Pirates

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With its 11-6 win over the Delaware Blue Hens on Wednesday, Maryland (10-5) has won four of its last five games, putting up at least seven runs per game. The Terps will look to ride the momentum of their two-game win streak entering their’ weekend series against the No. 17 East Carolina Pirates (12-6) in College Park.

Maryland is 6-12 against East Carolina in the series history, including the Pirates’ sweep of the Terps in 2018. Last season, Maryland started its spring break road trip with a weekend series at East Carolina, during which the Pirates outscored the Terps, 26-4. This year, Maryland will look to avoid the sweep and put up more than last year’s four runs.

After earning his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor, Maryland’s freshman phenom Maxwell Costes continues to shine in the box,  hitting his first grand slam with the Terps on Wednesday in Delaware. The homer was his third of the season. Costes, the only regular starter batting above .300, leads Maryland in RBIs (19) and on-base percentage (.457) as well.

With third baseman Taylor Wright and outfielder Randy Bednar batting on the cusp of .300, each hitting .295, Maryland’s new leadoff hitter Chris Alleyne has provided a boost for the Terps. Wednesday marked Alleyne’s second consecutive game with at least one homer.

The Terps used five relievers on Wednesday, but with their bullpen depth, Maryland will have some flexibility on the mound this weekend. Maryland has six relievers who hold below a 3.00 ERA, including freshmen Will Glock (1.50 ERA) and Andrew Vail (2.25 ERA).

East Carolina Pirates (12-6, 0-0 American)

Last Season

East Carolina dominated in 2018, winning the American Athletic Conference championship. The Pirates ended their postseason push with a 44-18 overall record, after a loss to North Carolina-Wilmington eliminated East Carolina during the NCAA regionals.

This season

Now, the Pirates continue to dominate, outscoring opponents 104-81. East Carolina enters the weekend coming off a 7-2 loss to No. 24 Duke (12-5), lacking the momentum Maryland has after its success in Delaware.

Hitters to watch

East Carolina has five batters hitting over .300, two of which are batting over .400. Sophomore Alec Burleson leads the Pirates with a .469 average, 30 hits and 13 RBIs. The other Pirate hitting over .400 is freshman Lane Hoover, who has the second-highest on-base percentage for East Carolina (.488), just behind Spencer Brickhouse’s .545 OBP.

Relievers to watch

Four of the Pirates relievers have sub-3.00 ERAs, including Evan Voliva (2.25) and Burleson (2.70), with 21 and 22 total strikeouts, respectively.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Friday, 6:30 p.m. ET

Sr. RHP Hunter Parsons ( 3-0, 1.00 ERA) v. Jr. LHP Jake Agnos (2-1, 2.78 ERA)

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As Maryland’s senior ace, Parsons continues to dominate from the rubber. With a 1.00 ERA in 27.0 innings pitched, the righty has allowed only three runs––all earned––while recording 23 strikeouts.

For East Carolina, Agnos has been consistent on the mound, with a 2.78 ERA in 22.2 innings pitched. The left-hander has allowed seven earned runs while striving out 34 this season.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Zach Thompson (1-1, 3.74 ERA) v. Jr. RHP Tyler Smith (1-0, 5.75 ERA)

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In his first season playing for the Terps, enters the weekend series with a 3.74 ERA across his four starts, tied with Parsons for the most strikeouts (23) this season.

After putting up a 1.78 ERA with 7 wins in 60.2 innings pitched for the Pirates in 2018, Smith has struggled to match his success last season, with a 5.75 ERA in 20.1 innings this season. He has allowed the same number of runs (14) so far this season as he did in the entirety of 2018.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Sunday, 1:00 p.m. ET

Fr. RHP Trevor LaBonte (1-0, 2.60 ERA) v. TBD

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Entering the season uncertain of who would round out their weekend rotation, the freshman LaBonte has provided the Terps with solid numbers as Sunday starter. Entering the weekend with a 2.60 ERA in 17.1 innings, LaBonte has struck out 13 so far this season, allowing only five earned runs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Game Preview: Delaware Blue Hens

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After taking two of three from Stetson over the weekend, Maryland ((9-5) will look to keep the offense rolling on the road Wednesday as it takes on Delaware (1-13) for the second time this season. 

Last Tuesday, Maryland came back to beat the Blue Hens, 11-6, in College Park. Terps catcher Justin Vought went 3-for-5 in the win and head coach Rob Vaughn used the game as an opportunity for a bullpen day, using seven relievers.

Maryland’s offense had its way with Stetson pitching all weekend, scoring 22 runs in the three-game series. Center fielder Chris Alleyne had six hits, while Max Costes and Taylor Wright both tallied five hits over the weekend. Before being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, Costes accumulated 6 RBIs, including his second homer of the season. Costes currently leads all Maryland starters with a .538 slugging percentage.

Alleyne also had a big series, hitting his first two home runs of the year in Sunday’s 8-4 win. He also contributed two doubles and 5 RBIs over the course of the series.

It was an all-around impressive pitching performance for the Terps in Friday’s 7-0 win. Starting pitcher, Hunter Parsons, allowed only six hits, one walk, while recording 10 strikeouts. The bullpen, consisting of Nick Turnbull, Andrew Vail, Mark DiLuia and John Murphy let up no hits and only 2 walks in the game.

Delaware Blue Hens (1-13, 0-0 CAA)

Last Season

Delaware finished off 2018 with a 31-27 record, going 13-12 in the Colonial Athletic Association. They were eliminated by Northeastern in the CAA tournament to end the season. The Blue Hens lost two key players from last year’s winning season to the MLB Draft. One of them being Nick Patten, who was their main source of offense. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates while starting pitcher Kyle Hinton was drafted by the Kansas City Royals.

This Season

Delaware is 1-13 on the season, but look to gain momentum from Sunday’s win over Fairfield, which was their first win of the season. Two weekends ago, the Blue Hens were dominated by New Mexico State in a four-game series, letting up 54 runs in four losses over three days.

Hitters to Watch

Sophomore Zack Miller leads the Blue Hens with a .326 batting average and 15 hits on the season. He’s also tallied a homer and 6 RBIs, while posting a .435 slugging percentage.

Another important contributor is Jordan Hutchins, who leads the team in doubles with four, home runs with two, and RBIs with nine. Hutchins is currently slugging .440 on the season.

Relievers to Watch

After losing a lot of their bullpen production from last season, the Blue Hens have yet to find much relief pitching consistency. Jack Dubecq and Justin Tomovich have been bright spots for Delaware’s ‘pen. Dubecq has posted a 2.35 ERA with 7 2/3 innings pitched this season. He’s also held his opponents to a .222 batting average so far this season.

Despite only throwing four innings so far, Tomovich has been solid. He has a 2.25 ERA and has recorded three strikeouts, holding opponents to a .231 batting average.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup 

Wednesday 3:00 p.m. ET

TBA vs. TBA

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Sophomore left-hander Drew Wilden has started in both of Maryland’s midweek games this season. He only lasted four outs last week against Delaware, still working his way back from Tommy John surgery. 

Delaware’s only midweek game of the season was the one against Maryland. The Blue Hens threw freshman right-hander Joey Silan, who allowed five runs in five innings.