Preseason Countdown #8: Top five performances of 2020

The 2020 season may have only been 15 games long, but it had more than a few strong Terps performances — both hitting and pitching –along the way. With eight days left until Maryland Opening Day, relive five standout moments (in no particular order) that give Maryland fans plenty to look forward to for 2021.

No. 1: Sean Burke’s stellar debut

After serving a redshirt season his freshman year, Burke came into the 2020 season roaring with a dominant start against the College of Charleston. He threw five innings of one-run ball while striking out eight batters and allowing one run. Burke did strike out 11 batters in a start 20 days later, but his debut stands out particularly because it’s the beginning of what should be a very bright career for Burke at Maryland and will certainly be warmly remembered.

No. 2: Bobby Zmarzlak brings home seven

Maryland’s group of freshmen hitters in 2020 was full of talent, and one freshman — Bobby Zmarzlak — displayed some of that talent at full force in Maryland’s 14-3 win over Bryant on March 6. Zmarzlak went 2-5, but added a walk to that as well as an early career-high of seven RBI as Maryland’s designated hitter that day.

No. 3: Benjamin Cowles goes perfect at the plate

In a midweek win over Delaware on March 4, Cowles led the way for Maryland as he went a perfect 4-4 in plate appearances. The crafty shortstop picked up two hits, two walks, and brought in five runs to boot. Cowles also stole one base and scored three runs as Maryland blasted the Blue Hens for 13 runs.

No. 4: Terps pitching blanks Rhode Island

It’s not surprising that Maryland’s only shutout of the short season came during a Burke start. The redshirt freshman tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings, racking up eight strikeouts. Then the bullpen took over, featuring appearances from Elliot Zoellner, Connor Staine, and Mark DiLuia. Zoellner stranded a runner at third base to end the sixth inning, and then Staine came in for 2 2/3 scoreless innings. DiLuia shut the door in the ninth, striking out the Rams’ final batter.

No. 5: Maxwell Costes and Randy Bednar blast George Mason

Both Costes and Bednar combined for six hits to go with a home run each as Maryland put on a 13-3 rout of the George Mason Patriots. The duo also took advantage of a very poor Patriots pitching performance and drew three total walks and a hit-by-pitch. For Costes and Bednar, this game was the pinnacle of what looked to be career-best seasons from the veterans.

Preseason Countdown #9: Maxwell Costes showered with preseason accolades

There are nine days left before Maxwell Costes and his fellow Terps begin the 2021 season against Michigan State, and the junior is entering this unique season with a trophy case full of preseason honors. After collecting one preseason honor before the 2020 season — being named a Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American — Costes brought in seven honors ahead of the 2021 season.

The pomp is warranted, as Costes finished his sophomore campaign hitting .432/.620/.750 and four home runs in 15 games. His 1.370 on-base plus slugging percentage was tops in the Big Ten, while his four home runs were tied for second.

Costes’ preseason praise is highlighted with a spot on the watch list for collegiate baseball’s most prestigious award — the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award. The award is bestowed to the best collegiate player in the country each year, and many of its honorees have evolved into superstars at the major-league level.

Past Golden Spikes Award winners include former MVPs Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper, former Cy Young Award winners Trevor Bauer and David Price, along with many of the league’s young stars.

Although Costes is among 55 total names on the watchlist, the honor speaks to the incredible career he’s had so far at Maryland and what writers expect from him in 2021.

Below are the six other preseason honors that Costes was awarded as the Terps close in on Opening Day:

  • 2021 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association First Team Preseason All-American
  • 2021 D1Baseball.com Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year
  • 2021 D1Baseball.com First Team Preseason All-American
  • 2021 Perfect Game Preseason All-Big Ten
  • 2021 Perfect Game Third Team Preseason All-American
  • 2021 Collegiate Baseball Third Team Preseason All-American

Preseason Countdown #10: Four things we learned from media day

With the countdown to Terps baseball’s return ticking to just ten days, Maryland baseball held its media day Monday afternoon via Zoom, giving Coach Rob Vaughn and four of his players a chance to field questions about a variety of topics mostly related to the team’s lengthy hiatus off the field and what’s expected for the shortened 2021 season.

The four players to join Vaughn were Sean Burke, Maxwell Costes, Benjamin Cowles, and Sean Fisher, but since there was so much said between the five Terps during the Zoom session, we narrowed down four of the most important things we learned.

No. 1: Staying sharp during the offseason

The Terps haven’t competed in a baseball game since March 11, 2020, so many of the questions to Vaughn and his players had to do with how they stayed prepared and loose — both mentally and physically — during the lengthy offseason.

“Our guys have been very mature in their process and they’ve gone about their business very professionally,” said Vaughn of his team’s response to the pandemic. “You see things how they are, keep a neutral mindset and keep moving forward. That’s what our guys have done a good job of.”

While the 2020 season ended abruptly, it has taught the players how they have to treat each game like it could be their last, especially for the returning seniors this season.

“I was four starts in, thinking I was going to play all year and next thing you know I am back in my home,” said the senior Fisher. “The biggest lesson throughout the whole thing was you have to keep playing like you don’t know when you [won’t be able to play] anymore.”

Meanwhile, Vaughn gave examples of how the players have been keeping their minds right during the offseason, specifically noting reading books, meditating, and generally things to keep themselves mentally fresh.

“Most of the stuff that I worked on [this offseason] was my athleticism and my mental health,” said Costes. “Last year when I was doing bad, I would go back to the hotel and panic. I did a lot more work becoming a much calmer and centered person. I don’t feel that pressure anymore.”

No. 2: High praise for Sean Burke

There wasn’t a clear answer to what the rotation will officially look like to open the season, but both Burke and Fisher are expected to be featured in it one way or another.

Burke had his freshman year cut short after four starts, but he put up phenomenal numbers. The righty recorded a 1.99 earned-run average while striking out 35 batters versus 11 walks, and Vaughn said he expects a big sophomore year from Burke.

“His secondary stuff has gotten much better,” said Vaughn. “He had a wrinkle he could throw for a strike last year when he needed to get guys off his fastball. But, he’s throwing two legit breaking balls right now. He’s got four pitches that he can throw in any count.”

Vaughn also noted Burke’s improved fastball which now sits at 98 mph, as well as a well-improved changeup.

“We’re looking for a really good year out of him,” said Vaughn.

No. 3: Maxwell Costes unnerved by preseason pomp

Nobody on this Maryland squad racked up more preseason accolades than Maxwell Costes, and a look at his 2020 performance would more than speak for itself. The junior upstaged a tremendous .944 on-base plus slugging percentage in his freshman season with a 1.370 OPS through 15 games last season.

Some of his notable preseason nods include a spot on the 2021 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Watch List, being named D1Baseball.com’s 2021 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and part of National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association’s 2021 Preseason All-American First Team.

“My hitting coach — Coach [Matt] Swope — tells us all the time that we need to be authentic to ourselves,” said Costes. “I’ve never been someone that’s caught up in accolades and awards and stuff, and I’m blessed to say that [my teammates here] I’m surrounded by friends and brothers that allow me to basically be who I am.”

Costes also talked about not being bothered by the expectations that the preseason pomp could weigh on him.

“I’m not nervous at all. It’s been a whole year, but baseball doesn’t change,” said Costes. “They still have to throw the ball over the plate and you still have to hit the ball, throw the ball and catch the ball.”

No. 4: Expectations for a unique year

There’s no telling how the season could go for Maryland given the extraordinary circumstances the team and college baseball as a whole find themselves in, but Vaughn couldn’t have said it much better than this: “I hope we do things [this season] that have never been done before here. That’s my goal.”

Maryland has been among many collegiate programs to benefit from returning players, such as the veteran presences of Fisher, Randy Bednar, Chris Alleyne, Justin Vought, and Elliot Zoellner, among others. Vaughn said that the mix of the returning players along with the young talent Maryland boasts should shape up to a very potent team.

“I think this team’s got a chance to be pretty special,” said Vaughn. “I think there’s a blend of experience and youth that is really good. I think there’s a lot of ability and a lot of talent, which is something to start with.”

Maryland releases 2021 baseball schedule

At long last, Maryland Terrapins baseball will be making its return to the diamond on March 5, when the Terps travel to Greenville, South Carolina, to take on Michigan State in a four-game series. The Big Ten Conference released the 44-game, conference-only schedule Wednesday afternoon, ending a hiatus of Big Ten baseball that goes back to March 12, 2020.

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The opening series in Greenville will take place at Fluor Field, where the Boston Red Sox’ Double-A affiliate Greenville Drive plays.

Maryland will open up play at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium a week after their opening series when they host Rutgers on March 12-14. It’s the first of seven home series the Terps will be playing during 2021.

Maryland will be playing six series on the road, beginning with a two-series road trip between Penn State (March 19-21) and Ohio State (March 26-28).

Besides the opening series in Greenville, Maryland is scheduled to play four neutral site games in 2021.

The first two are against Iowa in Columbus, Ohio, during their March 26-28 series with Ohio State. The latter two are against Northwestern in Iowa City, Iowa, during Maryland’s April 23-25 series against Iowa.

Maryland’s road schedule wraps up with a May 21-23 trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Michigan Wolverines before heading home for their season finale against Indiana a week later.

There’s no Big Ten tournament scheduled for the season this year.

As of now, fans aren’t expected to be allowed to attend Maryland home games for health and safety precautions, though Maryland athletics is hopeful that fans may attend games as the season progresses as long as health conditions permit.

Pro Terps Update: 2020 Opening Day edition

Opening Day for the abbreviated 2020 MLB season has finally arrived, and several former Terps find themselves on 30-man rosters in what can only be described as a 60-game sprint to the postseason.

Those in the majors may be the only ones seeing any professional baseball action over the pandemic-filled summer, as the 2020 Minor League Baseball season was canceled on June 30. Some independent leagues are currently active, but a majority of the group of former Terps that were in those leagues are sitting the season out.

Here is a list of the pro Terps that begin the shortened season on their teams’ 30-man and taxi squad rosters:

LHP Adam Kolarek, Los Angeles Dodgers

Many fans and analysts alike have speculated that Adam Kolarek’s role as a Left-Handed One Out Guy (LOOGY) would be diminished with the league’s new three-batter minimum rule for relief pitchers, but Kolarek still stands out as one of L.A.’s best bullpen arms.

Kolarek was one of the 11 relief pitchers to be added to the Dodgers’ 30-man roster, and he earned the win for L.A. in MLB’s Opening Night on Thursday as he recorded five outs with just 14 pitches against the San Francisco Giants

2B Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays

The versatile Brandon Lowe looks to follow up his all-star 2019 season as a core piece for the contending Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays have a crowded, talented infield featuring Yandy Diaz, Joey Wendle, Willy Adames, and the newest Japanese import Yoshi Tsutsugo, so Lowe may have to settle into more of a utility role while occasionally starting in the outfield.

Regardless of where Lowe finds his playing time, he’ll continue to play a big part in the Rays quest to the postseason in 2020.

OF LaMonte Wade Jr., Minnesota Twins

LaMonte Wade Jr. made it onto the Twins 30-man roster as one of the final outfield additions to the club, and the former Terp will look to build upon a solid rookie season with a stronger sophomore year, especially after putting together a decent Spring Training. Although it was four long months ago, Wade Jr. slashed .286/.423/.381 through 11 games, striking out only four times in 26 plate appearances.

Wade Jr. may struggle to have outfield starts over the likes of Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, and Max Kepler, but his on-base proficiency provides a great tool for the Twins off the bench.

RHP Mike Shawaryn, Boston Red Sox

Mike Shawaryn did not make the cut for Boston’s 30-man roster, but he has been included in their taxi squad playing in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In a simulated game Thursday, Shawaryn threw 2 1/3 innings, securing a hold and striking out four batters.

With Boston losing many of its notable relief arms over recent years, Shawaryn could find his way into the bullpen if he continues throwing the ball well in Pawtucket.

 

INF Kevin Smith, Toronto (Buffalo) Blue Jays

Kevin Smith missed the mark to make it on the Blue Jays’ 30-man roster and will start the 2020 season playing with the Toronto taxi squad.

After having a tremendous 2018 where he slashed .302/.358/.528 across two minor league levels, Smith has struggled to find his footing ever since. In Spring Training earlier this year his on-base percentage-plus slugging was .503.

Smith, along with other Blue Jays on the taxi squad, may have to wait before having intrasquad workouts and games due to the home stadium snafu that Toronto is caught in. Today the team announced it will be playing the majority of its season at their Triple-A affiliate’s stadium in Buffalo, New York, where the taxi squad was originally supposed to play.

2020 MLB Draft Recap

With the 2020 MLB Draft coming to a close Thursday night, many young ballplayers had their names called at the podium, but the typical 40-round draft was shrunk to a mere five rounds as a change made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This change negatively affected the chances of many prospective players of getting drafted, including a handful of Terps.

Among the names eligible for selection was sophomore Maxwell Costes and junior Randy Bednar, both of who have strung together pairs of stellar seasons in College Park, Maryland. Others who join the list of draft-eligible players include seniors Tyler Blohm and Elliott Zoellner, and juniors Tommy Gardiner, Chris Alleyne, Justin Vought, Sean Fisher, Mark Diluia, Brenton Davis, Austin Chavis, Mike Vasturia, Billy Phillips, Tavan Shahidi, and Zach Thompson.

Who knows how many of these Terps players would have been selected over the past two nights, but with the draft being just an eighth the size of a normal draft, they will all likely be returning to College Park to play out the 2021 season and hope for another shot in the 2021 MLB Draft.

Out of the 13 commitments Maryland has in the 2021 recruiting class, one of them did get their name called Thursday night. The Houston Astros selected right-handed pitcher Alex Santos of Mount St. Micheal Academy in New York with the No. 72 overall pick.

Santos, who was No. 45 in Baseball America’s ranking of best draft prospects, provides much-needed pitching talent in an Astros farm system that has recently been depleted. Santos has yet to officially sign with Houston, but the Houston Chronicle’s Chandler Rome said that he is leaning towards it.

Other notable picks of the draft include the No. 1 overall pick, Spencer Torkelson, who the Detroit Tigers selected out of Arizona State University.

The Baltimore Orioles selected outfielder Heston Kjerstad out the University of Arkansas with the No. 2 overall pick, and the reigning champion Washington Nationals used the No. 22 pick to draft right-handed pitcher Cade Cavalli out of the University of Oklahoma.

 

2020 Maryland Draft preview

The 2020 MLB Draft will look a lot different than previous years’ drafts. With multitudes of change being seen in the baseball world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the typical 40-round draft will only be five rounds, drastically affecting the chances of getting drafted for many collegiate and high school players, including many Terps.

With that being said, there are a handful of Terps that may have their name called Wednesday and Thursday nights. Here’s a look at the Maryland players who are draft-eligible as well as incoming recruits who could also be drafted.


LHP Tyler Blohm, Sr.

Tyler Blohm saw the 2020 season end the weekend he was supposed to return to the mound after spending the young season rehabbing from shoulder surgery. The senior’s chances of getting selected in the five-round draft are slim to none, but the 2020 season won’t be Blohm’s last year in College Park, Maryland, thanks to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility to senior spring athletes.

RHP Elliot Zoellner, Sr.

Elliot Zoellner will also benefit from the NCAA’s extra year of eligibility, and that extra year may allow Zoellner to improve his draft stock after the work he put in during the 2020 season.

In seven appearances, the senior was just one of three pitchers on Maryland’s staff to not allow a single run. He also paced the Terps’ bullpen in strikeouts (16).

OF Randy Bednar, Jr.

Bednar was on pace for his best season as a Terp, leading the team in hits (24), RBI (16), doubles (9), and total bases (36). His batting average also stood at an exceptional .337.

Although Bednar’s name hasn’t shown up in many mock drafts, some MLB clubs may show interest in the latter rounds of the draft. The junior was named a 2020 NCBWA Third Team All-American, adding to the honor of Second Team All-Big Ten that he earned in 2019.

IF Tommy Gardiner, Jr.

Gardiner was only able to make six starts at third base during the short season due to an injury.

While he posted a .350 batting average in those six games — a great improvement from his past two seasons despite the sample size — it is not likely that he will get selected.

OF Chris Alleyne, Jr.

After somewhat of a breakout season in 2019 when he slashed .223/.337/.412 in 45 games, Alleyne was on pace to surpass that over a full 2020 season.

In 15 games this spring, Alleyne’s on-base plus slugging percentage stood at .913 as he led the Terps in runs (18) and stolen bases (6). He’ll likely need to repeat his effort during his senior year next spring to have a chance at getting drafted.

C Justin Vought, Jr.

Vought also missed some time this season due to injury, but the junior catcher struggled in the seven games he started.

After slashing .222/.354/.432, Vought had proven that he was in for a big 2020, but prior to the injury, he had only gotten four hits in 21 at-bats.

LHP Sean Fisher, Jr.

Fisher spent his shortened 2020 season as the Terps’ Friday night starter, where the junior made noticeable leaps from past seasons when he strictly pitched out of the bullpen.

In three of Fisher’s four starts, he recorded quality starts. He did experience a road bump versus a talented Coastal Carolina team when he allowed nine runs in three innings, but his overall performance may indicate that the junior is in for a big for 2021 season.

RHP Mark Diluia, Jr.

Diluia was limited to only five appearances out of the bullpen during the 2020 season, but he made the most out of the five innings he pitched. Just like Blohm, Diluia was part of the pitching trio that succeeded at surrendering zero runs over the season.

IF/C Brenton Davis, Jr.

Davis’s first season with Maryland was cut short, and only starting two games, the Southeast Community College (Beatrice, NE) transfer was limited to six at-bats. Although he didn’t have much of a chance to impress at UMD, it’s worth noting that at Southeast CC, Davis hit at a .328 clip with nine home runs and 40 stolen bases over two seasons.

IF Austin Chavis, Jr.

The Bel Air, Maryland, native started ten games at second base during the shortened season, slashing .194/.268/.306.

Chavis transferred to Maryland over the summer from Potomac State College, where he had two very strong seasons. Most notably, his sophomore campaign featured a 1.051 OPS.

RHP Mike Vasturia, R-Jr.

Vasturia made just two appearances out of the bullpen in 2020, including a 3 1/2-inning long relief appearance versus Coastal Carolina when he recorded a career-high five strikeouts. He also threw one scoreless inning versus Bryant.

LHP Billy Phillips, R-Jr.

Phillips did not make an appearance during the 2020 season.

C Tavan Shahidi, R-Jr.

After serving a redshirt season due to an injury in 2019, Shahidi came back strong in 2020, starting six games at catcher and posting a .412 OBP.

This season was Shahidi’s first time playing since he slashed .336/.445/.611 at Iowa Lakes Community College.

RHP Zach Thompson, R-Jr.

Zach Thompson saw his role shift to midweek starter after recording a 5.08 ERA in 2019 as the Saturday starter.

In his new role, Thompson had seen similar struggles, posting a 6.75 ERA in three starts, although his season debut versus George Mason had shown promise with a five-inning, one-run performance.

IF Maxwell Costes, So.

Maxwell Costes followed up his 2019 Big Ten Freshman of the Year season with an even bigger offensive onslaught and he very well may have the attention of several MLB clubs, despite the draft being just five rounds.

In the shortened 2020 season, Costes started all 15 games and led the team in batting average (.432), OBP (.620), SLG (.750), and home runs (4). His strong 2020 performance helped him be named a 2020 Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American.

RHP Alex Santos, Commit (Mount Saint Michael Academy)

Alex Santos is Maryland’s prized possession in the 2021 recruiting class but has been labeled as a potential top-50 pick in Wednesday night’s draft.

According to MLB Pipeline, the New York native is No. 56 in the Top 200 Prospects ranking.

 

Outlook: Coach Vaughn on the pandemic and the future of college baseball

On Wednesday, March 12, within minutes of each other, the NCAA and the Big Ten ended the season for all spring sports, including baseball, due to concerns over the impact of the mounting COVID-19 pandemic.

Head coach Rob Vaughn and the Maryland baseball team left College Park early Wednesday, beginning their journey to Dallas, Texas, ahead of their biggest regular season contest: a weekend series against TCU.

But rather than shuttle the team to practice after the plane landed, Vaughn and his fellow coaches had to gather the group in a hotel conference room and discuss the news that their 2020 season was over before conference play had even started.

In that moment, and now, months later, Vaughn’s message to his team was simple, real and authentic.

“It happened so fast,” Vaughn said. “There are no words. Sometimes I feel like words get int the way in situations like that.”

Vaughn has since told his team not to be “superheroes” and to follow the state-by-state guidelines, listening to health officials. He’s also pushed his players to use their time without baseball to work on themselves and focus on academics.

“Don’t use this to stress about the baseball stuff,” Vaughn said, “use this to better yourself as a person in some way, shape, or form.”

Over two months later, the Terps have been adjusting to a different way of staying connected. Early-on, once the team had all returned home or to their apartments in College Park, the Terps tried an all-team Zoom session, experimenting with different ways to remain in touch and maintain the group’s bonds.

“The reality is, when you get 50 people on a Zoom call it’s a zoo,” Vaughn said. “Nobody’s paying attention, like your eyes just glaze over.”

After that initial video chat, Vaughn and the other coaches have changed their approach. Rather than risk getting “zoomed out,” as Vaughn put it, they’re meeting in smaller, targeted groups based more on personal interests. Shortstop Ben Cowles has been talking with assistant coach Matt Swope about his hitting, while pitcher Sean Burke and pitching coach Corey Muscara are working on Burke’s breaking ball, all via video chat.

More recently Vaughn heard from senior pitchers Tyler Blohm, Elliot Zoellner and Zach Thompson, all of whom will be returning for their final year of eligibility in 2021, a result of the NCAA Division I Council’s ruling that spring sport seniors would receive an extra year of eligibility.

While there remain many unanswered questions, including topics like roster management and how eligibility will be funded, Vaughn is happy to have three veteran arms back on the mound for what he believes will be an exciting season, in part as a result of MLB’s five-round draft.

“You’re going to see the most loaded college baseball around the country that you’ve ever seen,” Vaughn said. “I think across the landscape you’re going to have more high school kids get to [college] and more juniors staying in school…I think the landscape of college baseball one year doing [a five-round draft] is going to drastically change from here on out.”

For Maryland specifically, Vaughn is sticking to his mantra of treating each day as the most important, not making any one day, game or practice more special than the rest.

“It’s just more a sustained thing,” Vaughn said. “It’s great we have returning guys, but can we behave like winners and make decisions like winners for 60 days in a row. It’s not east to do but that’s going to be out biggest challenge [next year] and I’m excited.”

Like so many, Vaughn is taking it day-by-day, valuing the time he’s able to spend with his family and the interactions he’s having with his athletes, even if it is through a screen.

“I’m excited,” Vaughn said. “I don’t even care about the 2021 season, I’m just excited to get back out and take batting practice…try to strike out guys out every day. That’s what I want to do.”

Terps’ Bats Falter in Final Game of Homestand

On a day where the college sports world was shaken by announcements regarding games and championships in the coming weeks, Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium remained a bubble of normalcy as Maryland and James Madison battled out a close-fought midweek game. 

After beating up on opposing pitchers through the first four games of their homestand, the Terps were stymied by the Dukes’ hurlers, as they were shut out through the final eight innings in a 4-2 loss. 

The Terps struck first, scoring twice in the first inning on a single by Maxwell Costes and a Ben Cowles hit by pitch. James Madison struck right back in the top of the second, as back-to-back homers by Fox Semones and Josh Jones put the Dukes up 3-2. JMU added to their lead with a run scored on a wild pitch later in the inning. 

While the score remained fairly low, neither starter reached the fifth inning, as JMU’s Liam McDonnell was lifted after 3 innings and Maryland’s Zach Thompson made it through 4. Thompson allowed just four hits and one walk, but the free pass was costly as the runner came in to score on Semones’ home run. 

Both bullpens kept their opponents off the board and for the most part off the bases. The Dukes mounted a threat in the sixth inning when they drew two walks off reliever Connor Staine. After Staine was relieved by Sam Bello, a wild pitch moved the runners to scoring position with two outs, but Bello punched out DaVonn Griffin to keep the Terps’ deficit at just two. 

After removing their starter, the Dukes turned the ball over to Grayson Jones. The senior right hander shut the Terps down, going three innings, allowing only one hit and fanning two while facing the minimum thanks to a pick-off of Randy Bednar at second base in the fifth. 

The Terps finally threatened in the seventh, when reliever Andrew Weight loaded the bases with two outs for designated hitter Bobby Zmarzlak. After Weight was taken out in favor of Lliam Grubbs, Zmarzlak lined a ball deep into the left field corner, but left fielder Chase DeLauter tracked it down to end the inning. 

The Dukes put together another solid inning in the eighth, using a single, a hit batsman, and a double steal to put runners on second and third with one out against Elliot Zoellner. Zoellner escaped the jam unscathed, sandwiching a walk between a strikeout and a force out that ended the inning. 

After scoring 48 runs in the previous four home games, the Terps’ bats were all but silent on the afternoon, recording just four hits, and going 2-for-14 with runners on base and recorded just one hit after the fifth inning.