MBN’s Jake Eisenberg talks to Maryland Head Coach John Szefc about the growth of the Terps’ program, this season’s expectations and the impact of incoming recruiting class.
MBN’s Jake Eisenberg sits down with Maryland Hitting Coach Rob Vaughn ahead of the 2016 season to discuss Terps’ batting order, freshman bats, and the plan to replace the offensive production of some key players in 2015: LaMonte Wade, Brandon Lowe, Jose Cuas and Kevin Martir.
MBN’s Jake Eisenberg sits down with Maryland Pitching Coach Jimmy Belanger ahead of the 2016 season to discuss the Terps’ starting rotation, bullpen and incoming freshman arms.
by John Vittas
Maryland defeated the No. 1 overall seed last night, beating UCLA on their home field, 4-1. Here were the highlights:
UCLA Win Notes:
Maryland won their fifth consecutive NCAA Regional contest and are now one win away from their second straight Regional Championship.
Kevin Mooney is now 9-for-9 in postseason save opportunities. He has earned a save in all five postseason wins of 2015.
The Terrapins pitching staff has allowed 11 earned runs in the last nine games.
Mooney, Bobby Ruse and Rob Galligan have all pitched on back-to-back days. They’ve combined to throw 10 and two thirds innings of scoreless relief, allowing just two hits.
“They’re strike throwers,” acting head coach Jim Belanger said. “You trust those guys to go in and throw strikes all the time and throw multiple pitches for strikes. Whenever you’re in situations when you’re getting some guys in early in those middle innings, that’s what you need.”
Watch last night’s press conference (FULL QUOTES):
Maryland will play the winner of UCLA and Cal State Bakersfield tonight at 11pm ET. Ryan Selmer will get the start for the Terps and try and send them to their second straight Super Regionals.
“I just think we prepare all year for the postseason, from the way we do our scouting reports to the way we practice,” Belanger said. “Everything we do is to prepare for the postseason, and once we get to the postseason, nothing changes.
by John Vittas
LOS ANGELES – The Terps’ got a crucial 3-1 win over Ole Miss Friday. Here were the highlights:
Ole Miss win notes:
Maryland pitching did not allow a hit after the first inning, striking out 15 Rebels in the process.
The Terps’ tied the school record for wins in a season, picking up win No. 40. The record was set last year.
Mike Shawaryn is the first Maryland pitcher with 24 career wins. Kevin Mooney is the first Maryland pitcher with 31 career saves.
The Terrapins have now won four straight regional games, dating back to last year.
Here’s what the Terrapins had to say after the game:
UCLA defeated Cal State Bakersfield 7-2 last night in Los Angeles, meaning the Terps will play the top-seeded Bruins on their home field tonight at 11pm. ET
“It’s awesome,” acting head coach Jim Belanger said. “This is what you play in the postseason for. At the end of the day, we got to do our job – throw strikes, get a good start, make plays and get some timely hits. If you do that in the postseason, you have a chance to beat anyone.”
The Terps take on Ole Miss in the NCAA Regionals at 7pm. ET today.
Acting head coach Jim Belanger and junior RF Anthony Papio spoke with MBN’s John Vittas after practice yesterday:
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Jose Cuas addressed the media Tuesday and answered questions about the Terrapins’ second straight trip to the postseason. Here’s what the Maryland third baseman had to say:
MORE VIDEO: Hear what Coach Szefc had to say after Monday’s Selection Show.