Terps drop third straight midweek game in 9-5 loss to George Mason

The Terp’s offense could not get the bats going early on Wednesday against George Mason starting pitcher freshman Patrick Halligan in a 9-5 loss to the Patriots. Maryland is now 18-19 on the season.

Halligan came into the best start of his season with a 7.76 ERA and a .331 opponent’s batting average but managed to carve up the Maryland offense that scored 32 runs over the weekend against Northeastern. Halligan went 6 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, two hits, two walks, and two earned runs in what was the longest outing of his career. Halligan is now 3-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 6.81.

George Mason jumped on Terps starter Drew Wilden in the first inning from a bases loaded, two-RBI single from Aaron Yurko that scored Tim Quinn and Bailey Klein. Then in the third, Klein blasted an opposite field home run to add to his productive day and give George Mason a 3-0 lead.

Mark DiLuia came into pitch in the fourth inning to relieve Wilden and quickly let up a double from Yurko, single from Greg Popatak, and RBI single from Daniel Brooks to put the Patriots up 4-0. A walk and hit-by-pitch from Logan Driscoll made the score 5-0.

The Patriots added on two more runs in the sixth inning off Sean Fisher via RBI from Alejandro Aponte and Klein to make it 7-0.

The Terps finally got on the board in the top of the seventh inning. After a Zach Doss walk, a Caleb Walls single and a George Mason pitching change to Mason Posey, Michael Pineiro drove them in on a two-RBI single to right field. AJ Lee followed it up with an RBI single for himself, scoring Ben Cowles, who reached on a walk earlier in the inning, to make it 7-3.

Maryland closer John Murphy came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning to try to hold the deficit but failed to do so, letting up two runs on a hit an error, a HBP, and two walks.

Maryland threatened and even put some runs on the board in the top of the ninth after a Cowles HBP, a Lee double, a Randy Bednar sac fly to centerfield and Taylor Wright singled to make it 9-5.

For George Mason, Bailey Klein was 2-for-3 with with a home run and three runs scored while Aaron Yurko was 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Michael Pineiro led the Terps offensively, going 2-for-4 with two RBI on the day. Lee and Wright also had two hits for Maryland.

The Maryland pitching staff let up eight walks and nine hits on the day. Of the nine runs scored by George Mason, four were unearned. The Maryland defense also committed two errors.

The Terps next matchup will be a weekend series starting this Friday against Ohio State in College Park. First pitch on Friday will be at 6:30 p.m.

Game Preview: George Mason Patriots

Maryland vs George Mason

Maryland baseball (18-18) lost 14-1 on Tuesday against James Madison but will look to put that showing in the past when the Terps take on George Mason on the road Wednesday in another midweek game.

George Mason took down Maryland 8-5 in the last matchup, which was in 2017 since last year’s game was cancelled and not rescheduled. The two sides will not play each other again for the rest of this season. The Patriots are 2-14 in their last 16 games. Their last series win came against Manhattan College in early March.

Maryland will look to improve on its 4-1 record in road midweek games this year. Overall, the Terps have performed better on the road than at home with an 11-7 record away from College Park.

Before Tuesday, the Terps bats had been hot as of late. Despite only the one run against James Madison, they’ve still plated 50 runs in their last 6 games. The now three-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week Maxwell Costes is slashing .280/.411/.500 on the season. He leads all eligible Maryland hitters in batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.

Randy Bednar is also having a successful season at the dish, leading the Terps with 39 hits, seven home runs, and 33 RBI. Freshman Andrew Vail is having himself a solid season out of the bullpen, leading all Maryland pitchers with an 1.86 ERA in 12 appearances.

George Mason Patriots (13-21, 1-8 A10)

Last Season

George Mason was 29-27 last season, making it to the Atlantic 10 Tournament championship but lost to No. 1 seed Saint Louis. They posted a 16-8 record in conference play which earned them the No. 2 seed in the A10 Tournament.

This Season

George Mason comes into Wednesday’s game with a 13-21 record but have defended its home turf well with a 9-6 record in Fairfax. On the road, the Patriots are an abysmal 1-15. They are last in the conference standings with a 1-8 record.

Hitters to Watch

Junior Logan Driscoll leads the Patriots in every major offensive category with a .339 batting average and eight home runs. He is also getting on base at an outrageous clip with a .475 OBP. Sophomore Cam Reckling has also stood out at the plate for the Patriots, batting .282 with 37 hits.

Pitchers to Watch

James Beasley, a reliever, leads the Patriots with a 3.31 ERA and an 0.93 WHIP in 10 appearances. None of the Patriot starting pitchers are posting quality numbers this year with ace Brian Marconi leading the rotation with a 5.03 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched.

Maryland Falls To 18-18 In Blowout Loss To James Madison

It was an ugly day on both sides of the ball for Maryland as they were beaten 14-1 by the James Madison Dukes at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium.

It was a quick start for James Madison’s offense as they quickly got to Terps starter Sean Heine in the first inning for five runs. After a hit batsman and a double, freshman Kyle Novak drove in both runners giving the Dukes a 2-0 lead before Maryland even recorded an out.

From there the inning escalated further. Novak scored the Duke’s third run in the inning on a single from fellow freshman David Willis and JMU would add two more runs after that finishing the inning with five runs on five hits. A commanding lead to begin the game.

Heine would allow one more run in the second before throwing a scoreless third. He was then pulled in the third inning for sophomore Billy Phillips. James Madison continued to threaten though, loading the bases in the inning, but Phillips was able to escape in part due to a key strikeout with one out.

In the sixth inning, the Dukes scored three runs on Phillips pushing their lead to 9-0. Two of those runs came on a monster home run that cleared the scoreboard in left-center field by James Madison’s first baseman Brady Harju. Harju is now second on his team with five home runs on the season, trailing only Trevon Dabney who has six.

Dukes’ right fielder David Willis later hit a home run of his own in the top of the seventh inning, increasing the James Madison lead to 10-0. The homer came off of Maryland sophomore Mike Vasturia who threw a knuckleball that did not fool Willis whatsoever.

Meanwhile, Maryland had no answer for Dukes starter Michael Bechtold who would shut them down through four innings. Bechtold allowed no runs on just two hits with one walk and two strikeouts along the way. He was replaced by sophomore Grayson Jones to begin the fifth inning.

This was a day that it seemed nothing was going right for them and it would continue into the late innings as James Madison would score five more runs in the seventh inning taking the lead to an overwhelming 14-0.

Maryland was able to muster just three hits all day and allowed 14 runs on 13 hits themselves. Their lone run came on an RBI single from second baseman Ben Cowles in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Maryland now drops to a disappointing 6-10 at home and 18-18 overall as they will look to shake this loss off heading into their upcoming road matchup with George Mason. 

The Terps will embrace this road trip as they are far better on the road this season (11-7) than they are at home. The Terps will also look to get back over the .500 mark with a win tomorrow.





Pro Terps Update: 4/16/19

Three former Terps started the 2019 season in the majors, and it’s likely more will reach the big leagues for the first time in their careers by the end of the year.

Here’s a look at those pro Terps whose seasons have already started:

LHP Brett Cecil, St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)

While Cecil spent part of 2018 as the only Terp in the pros, both Adam Kolarek and Brandon Lowe joined him as major-leaguers by the end of the season. Cecil is still struggling with an injury, however, and is currently on the 60-day injured list.

LHP Adam Kolarek, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

After making his major-league debut in 2017, Kolarek put up stints in the majors in 2017 and 2018, before making the opening day roster for Tampa Bay this season. The lefty started last season in Durham with the Bulls, but got the call up to Tampa after only 31 appearances in the Rays’ AAA-affiliate, during which he boasted a 1.61 ERA.

Kolarek has made nine appearances in 2019 after throwing 34.1 innings for Tampa in 2018. This season, Kolarek holds a 0.00 ERA in 5.2 innings pitched, which include four strikeouts.

2B/OF Brandon Lowe, Tampa Bay Rays (MLB)

Since his major-league debut last August, Lowe proved himself worthy of a full-time spot on the Rays’ roster, signing a six-year contract extension in March.

In his 15 games with Tampa this season, Lowe has stayed hot, batting .302 and slugging .585 with four home runs, including a two-homer game on April 12.  After signing his contract extension, the second baseman has showed Tampa he was worth the cash.

OF LaMonte Wade, Rochester Red Wings (Minnesota Twins, AAA)

Wade made the move up to AAA partway through 2018 after hitting close to .300 with the Twins’ Chattanooga Lookouts. Since the move, the outfielder hit .229 in his 74 games with Rochester in 2018, including 11 home runs.

Now, Wade remains in Rochester, batting .219 in his first 10 appearances, though he has a .375 OBP after working eight walks and putting up seven hits.

RHP Mike Shawaryn, Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox, AAA)

Shawaryn quickly ascended the Red Sox’s minor-league system after being drafted in the fourth round in 2016. Last season, Shawaryn started out with the Portland Sea Dogs in AA before making the move to AAA. In Pawtucket, Shawaryn threw a 3.93 ERA in seven appearances, six of which were starts. He went 36.2 innings, striking out 33 and allowing only 16 runs.

After making the Red Sox’s major-league camp to start spring training, Shawaryn is back in AAA. In his 11.1 innings pitched over two starts he’s struck out 14 and allowed four runs on 10 hits and only two walks.

RHP Jake Stinnett, Tennessee Smokies (Chicago Cubs, AA)

Stinnett is currently on the Smokies’ seven-day injured list, according to thecubreporter.com.

SS/3B Kevin Smith, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Toronto Blue Jays, AA)

Like many former Terps, Smith moved through the Blue Jays’ minor-league system quickly. After spending time with Toronto’s Low-A and High-A teams in 2018, Smith started this season in AA with the Fisher Cats.

So far he’s batting .268 with one home run and 11 hits in 10 games. The season is still young, however, and if Smith’s 18 homers in 83 games in High-A are any marker, Smith may turn things on soon.

LHP Alex Robinson, Fort Myers Miracle (Minnesota Twins, High-A)

After struggling with injury early in 2018, Robinson returned to the mound for 25 games with the Miracles, posting a 4.98 ERA before another brief stint on the injured list in late August.

This season, Robinson has been listed on Fort Myers’ seven-day inured list since April 1.

RHP Brian Shaffer, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Tampa Bay Rays, High-A)

Since his sixth-round draft pick by Arizona in 2017, Shaffer has stayed solid in the minors. This season is the right-hander’s first full season with the Stone Crabs, after Arizona traded him to Tampa Bay in August last year.

Shaffer remains steady on the mound, boasting a 2.57 ERA in seven innings pitched over three relief appearances so far this year. The righty recorded four strikeouts in those three outings, while allowing only two runs on seven hits.

2B Nick Dunn, Palm Beach Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals, High-A)

Dunn spent time in both short-season A and low-A last season after his fifth-round draft pick from the Cardinals. In his 65 games between the two leagues, Dunn batted .253 with three home runs and 14 doubles (all of which came in Low-A).

This year, Dunn started the season in High-A with Palm Beach. In 44 at-bats over 10 games so far, Dunn is hitting .273 with three RBIs and 12 hits, including one double. Additionally, Dunn has only struck out four times so far this season.

OF Marty Costes, Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros, Low-A)

After only four games in short-season A, Costes spent the majority of last season with Houston’s Low-A affiliate. Between the two leagues, the outfielder batted .231 with a .345 OBP.

Now, Costes remains with the River Bandits, hitting .300 in eight games. Among his nine hits so far, Costes has one triple and three RBIs, while he struck out only four times.

RHP Jamal Wade, West Virginia Power (Seattle Mariners, Low-A)

In his first season with the Power, Wade is continuing his dominance on the mound. The right-hander struck out 10 batters in his 4.2 innings of relief so far, meaning of those 4.2 innings, only four outs have not been Ks.

Wade boasts a 3.86 ERA in those two outings, having allowed only two runs on four hits and four walks.

Game Preview: James Madison Dukes

Maryland vs JMUMaryland hosts the James Madison Dukes on Tuesday, as the Terps look to stay consistent after taking two out of three from the Northwestern Wildcats over the weekend.

The two teams faced off twice last season and Maryland took both of those matchups, 2-1 and 6-1. The two sides will face off twice again this season, with the second game scheduled for May 14.

James Madison comes into this game on a two-game win streak after beating the William & Mary Tribe twice over the weekend. However, before this win streak, the Dukes had lost eight in a row and have only won two out of their last 10.

Maryland will look to improve upon their less than spectacular 6-9 record at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Tuesday, as they continue to play better on the road than at home. The Terps are currently 11-7 on the road this season.

The Terps bats will also look to stay hot heading into this week after scoring a combined 32 runs over the weekend series against Northwestern. The Terps have also scored four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games and will look to continue this against the Dukes.

After the weekend, freshman Maxwell Costes leads the team in batting average, currently hitting at .287. The Terps have struggled to get someone above the .300 plateau for most of the season but do have multiple hitters close. Hunter Parsons continues to lead the starting pitchers with a 2.95 ERA, and over 64 innings, he’s struck out 49 and walked just 16.

James Madison Dukes (20-17, 4-8 CAA)

Last Season

James Madison had a modest 26-26 record last season and was not able to qualify for the CAA tournament. The Dukes won 13 games both on the road and at home last season amassing their 26 wins. The Dukes were right around .500 all season until they lost seven in a row between April 25 and May 11.

This Season

This season the Dukes have been trending upward as they are currently three games above .500 at 20-17. They have also been far more successful at home, going 15-9 at Eagle Field. However, the Dukes are disappointingly 5-8 on the road and this has pulled them down to seventh in their conference standings, the same place they finished last year. The Dukes will look to get even higher above the .500 mark in this upcoming matchup against the Terps.

Hitters to Watch

The Dukes have two players hitting above .300, including freshman Nick Zona who is hitting .337 heading into the week. The other is Tevon Dabney hitting at .321. Dabney is also a freshman infielder similar to Zona. Not far behind Zona and Dabney are juniors Brady Harju and Matt Dipasupil who are currently hitting at a .290 clip. Dabney currently leads the team in home runs with six and Harju leads the team with 25 RBI.

Pitchers to Watch

Another junior, Kevin Kelly, has led the attack in terms of starting pitching for the Dukes as he leads the team with 53.2 innings pitched. Sophomore Nick Stewart however, leads the starters in ERA, posting a 2.80 in 45 innings pitched. Kelly is second with a 3.86 ERA. The relief attack for the Dukes is led by Nick Robertson, who currently has a 1.08 ERA and six saves in 16 innings.

Maxwell Costes wins 3rd Big Ten Freshman of the Week award

Maryland infielder Maxwell Costes picked up hits in all five games last week, including two home runs, helping earn his third Big Ten Freshman of the Week award of the season.

In the Terps’ 3-2 week, which included a midweek win over William & Mary a pair of victories against Northwestern, Costes drove in eight runs while scoring seven times. In addition to his two homers, he also hit three doubles last week.

The Baltimore native now leads the Terps with a .287 batting average, and among qualified hitters, he also leads the team with a .512 slugging percentage and a .419 on-base percentage. Costes is now on a seven-game hitting streak, the longest of his career.

Now up to six home runs this season, Costes is steadily chasing the nine homers his older brother Marty slugged as a freshman for the Terps back in 2016, a mark that led all freshman in the Big Ten.

Costes’ production at the plate over the weekend helped Maryland accomplish a feat that hadn’t happened in over a decade. After winning two of three against both Illinois and Northwestern on the road in back-to-back weekends, the Terps have now won a road series in consecutive weekends for the first time since 2006.

For a relatively young team, Maryland is now an impressive 11-7 on the road and only 6-9 at home in College Park. The pair of road series victories currently has the team in the in the top half of the Big Ten standings with five series remaining.

Maryland hangs on in a wild one, securing series win

After senior AJ Lee slid headfirst into home, the shortstop got up and let out a huge fist pump in the direction of Maxwell Costes. The freshman had just belted an RBI double to give the Terps a 12-9 lead.

With the lead, it was time for John Murphy to shut it down. The senior pitched two innings allowing one run, two hits and four strikeouts to close out the wild series.

As a whole, the Terps’ bullpen was very impressive in this high-scoring series finale. Freshman Trevor LaBonte started and threw five innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits. Sophomore Mark DiLuia came into relief and pitched two solid innings allowing one run and two hits.

On what looked to be a routine ground ball to the second baseman, freshman Shawn Goosenberg, sailed the throw over the first baseman’s head, allowing senior Taylor Wright to advance to second.

This throwing error in the fourth, was the catalyst to the Terps offense. The following batter, freshman Maxwell Costes ripped an RBI single into left center to tie the game 1-1. The next batter, sophomore Justin Vought crushed a no-doubter over the left field wall, giving Maryland a 3-1 lead.

In the same fourth inning, Goosenberg had another throwing error allowing for Maryland to put more runners into scoring position. With runners on second and third, freshman Ben Cowles hit an RBI single. Sophomore Michael Pineiro followed it up with a great bunt single allowing for junior Caleb Walls to score, giving the Terps a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the frame, the Northwestern Wildcats answered back. With runners on first and second, freshman Michael Trautwein ripped a two-run double to cut the deficit to 5-3. A few batters later, junior Leo Kaplan hit a sacrifice fly to plate Northwestern’s fourth run.

It wasn’t until a few innings later, where Maryland tacked on some more insurance runs. With the bases loaded, the Terps recorded four straight RBIs, including a pair of RBI singles from Wright and Vought.

But the Wildcats answered back, like they’ve done all series long. In the bottom of the sixth, the Wildcats loaded the bases and Kaplan ripped an RBI single up the middle. A few batters later, Northwestern trailed 9-7, junior Alex Erro belted a bases clearing triple to tie things back up, 9-9.

With an 0-1 count, freshman Ben Cowles crushed his first career home run to give Maryland a 10-9 lead in the seventh inning. The Terps went on to tack on two more runs and they were very important insurance runs in this shootout.

Trailing 12-9, the Wildcats added one run in the eighth inning off  of single by Goosenberg. But in the ninth, Murphy was able to shut down Northwestern for the final time, securing the 12-10 victory. With this win, the Terps win their second consecutive Big Ten road series.