Maryland Caps Off the Weekend with a 9-3 Loss to Hawaii

The Terps drop the finale of the Cambria College Classic against Hawaii 9-3. Maryland looked to turn their 0-2 weekend around and head home on a positive but was unable to do so, falling to 0-3 on the weekend. Maryland was unable to find it on either side today while the Hawaii offense was hot.

The Maryland defense got off to a messy start. After walking the leadoff batter, a throwing error from Nate Haberthier would advance the runner to third. Another throwing error from Matt Shaw would give Hawaii a quick 1-0 lead.

The Terps were able to answer quickly in the bottom of the first. Matt Shaw got the Terps started with a double to right field. Nick Lorusso was able to bring him home with another double to tie the game at one.

The offense showed great plate discipline in the first three innings, picking up 6 walks, including 4 in the second. After loading the bases on walks in the second, the Terps could not capitalize. They would once again leave two runners in scoring position in the third.

After a great start for Haberthier, the Rainbow Warriors finally collected a hit in the fourth and would not stop there. Hawaii started the inning with two hits to put a runner in scoring position. Singles from Stone Miyao and Dallas Duarte would give the Rainbow Warriors a 3-1 lead.

The strong offense would continue for Hawaii in the fifth. Matthew Miura started off the inning with a double and would advance to third after another throwing error from the Terps. Miura would eventually score on a sacrifice fly from Jared Quandt to make the score 4-1.

Maryland’s offense got back on the board in the fifth with a Nick Lorusso walk and a single from Ian Petrutz to start the inning. Lorusso was able to score on a sacrifice fly from Matt Woods. The bases were loaded once again after the Terps drew two more walks. They were able to score one more after Elijah Lambros was hit by a pitch. This cut the Hawaii lead to 4-3 heading into the sixth.

The Rainbow Warriors stopped the Maryland momentum after back-to-back doubles from Miyao and Matt Wong added another run to their lead. 

This would be the last of the scoring for either side until the eighth when Hawaii added more insurance. After loading the bases Jordan Donahue was hit by a pitch to get one run in and extend the lead to 6-3. Hawaii would put the game out of reach in the ninth with a two-run homer from Jacob Igawa and a solo homer from Kyson Donahue.

This loss has Maryland sitting at 4-7 as they head home. Maryland will be back in College Park on Tuesday when they face UMBC.

Maryland loses their second straight in a heartbreaking loss to Vanderbilt

Maryland looked to bounce back against another ranked opponent in Vanderbilt after last night’s loss. Despite leading 7-6 heading into the ninth, Vanderbilt was able to rally for an 8-7 walk-off win. The Maryland offense looked completely different today as they recorded eight hits including two home runs. However, Vanderbilt’s offense at the beginning and end of the game made the difference.

Vanderbilt’s defense started the game sloppy with an error, a walk, and a passed ball. This put Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw on second and third with no outs. Ian Petrutz was able to drive in Shliger with an RBI groundout, giving Maryland a 1-0 lead in the first.

On the other side, Vanderbilt was able to answer. The first pitch of the day for Nick Dean was a home run to Enrique Bradfield Jr. to tie the game 1-1. The Commodores did not stop there, an RBI double from Davis Diaz gave them a 2-1 lead. A sacrifice fly from Chris Maldonado and a single from Jack Bulger extended the lead to 4-1. Nick Dean was finally able to get out of the inning after a flyout to center field.

“I credit them for having a really good plan early,” said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. “We didn’t execute pitches quite as good as we needed to in the first.”

The Vanderbilt offense did not stop there. RJ Austin hit his first college home run in the second to make it a 5-1 ballgame. Dean stayed in the game and started to find his groove. After the home run, Dean retired the next 8 batters including 4 strikeouts.

“Credit to Nick, he started using the heater a lot more and getting them off balance,” said Vaughn. “As ugly as the first inning was, he got settled in and got us five again. Doing what Nick Dean does, he gave us a chance.”

The Maryland offense showed signs of life in the fourth when they loaded the bases after hits from Matt Woods and Kevin Keister and a walk from Bobby Zmarzlak. However, they were not able to score after the Vanderbilt defense turned two to end the top half of the inning.

The Terps load the bases again in the fifth but cash in this time. Another groundout RBI for Petrutz and an RBI fielder’s choice from Hacopian cut the Commodore’s lead in half, 5-3. They did not stop there, with runners on the corners and two outs Kevin Keister hit a three-run bomb to give Maryland a 6-5 lead.

This Maryland lead was short-lived. RJ Austin hit another home run off Dean to tie the game at six a piece. Dean was able to answer with back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning fifth inning.

The home run barrage continued in the seventh when Nick Lorusso started the inning with a solo home run. His fourth home run of the year gave Maryland a 7-6 lead.

Nigel Belgrave came in for Nick Dean in the sixth inning and was efficient. Through his first two innings, Belgrave did not allow a hit and picked up two strikeouts. After giving up a one-out triple in the eighth, Belgrave remained calm and maintained the 7-6 score headed into the ninth.

Freshman Kyle McCoy came in for the save opportunity in the ninth. There was already a runner on first with no outs for McCoy when he subbed in. After a Vanderbilt bunt, there were runners on first and second with no outs. A Bradfield single up the middle would tie the game at 7-7. Three batters later, an RJ Schrek sacrifice fly to left would end the game, giving the Commodores an 8-7 walk-off win.

The Terps fall to 4-6 after this heartbreaking loss. Maryland will finish off the weekend with a matchup against Hawaii tomorrow morning.

Maryland Offense Struggles in 5-1 Loss to Ole Miss

Maryland starts their weekend in Minnesota with a 5-1 loss against a familiar opponent in No. 4 Ole Miss. This is the fourth time the Terps have faced the Rebels in the past eight days with Ole Miss winning three of the four. The Maryland offense struggled in this one as they were held to just 5 hits with their first hit not coming until the fourth inning.

Left fielder Bobby Zmarzlak flashed the leather in the first inning when he tracked down an Ethan Groff liner and made a diving catch. Both pitchers, Jason Savacool and Jack Dougherty were able to keep the game scoreless after one.

The Rebels would end up striking first with a Kemp Anderson solo home run to right field to start the second inning, making the score 1-0. Savacool was able to send down the next three batters to get out of the inning. Ole Miss threatened to score again in the third with two runners in scoring position and only one out. However, Savacool was able to pick up a strikeout and a groundout to keep the lead to one.

Jack Dougherty was able to send down the first seven Maryland batters but the cracks started to show in the bottom of the third. Dougherty walked two straight batters but would eventually get out of the inning. 

The Maryland defense had a sloppy start to the fourth. After a throwing error from Nick Lorusso and a wild pitch, Ole Miss had a runner on third with no outs. Once again, Savacool was able to get out of it, capping it off with a strikeout. Savacool showed his emotion and let out an empathic yell on his way to the dugout.

Nick Lorusso would make up for the throwing error with a leadoff hit in the bottom of the fourth. After two outs, Matt Woods was up to bat in a big spot. Woods was able to record his first hit as a Terp with an RBI single to center field, tying the game 1-1.

The Ole Miss offense heated up in the fifth with a two-run homer from Ethan Groff, his third of the season. Calvin Harris collected his first hit of the game with a single to left field. Savacool was able to get end the inning with the score sitting at 3-1. This would be the end of Savacool’s day, he allowed three runs on five hits and struck out two through five innings.

Tommy Kane came in for Savacool and kept the Rebel’s offense in check during a long relief appearance. Kane was able to toss three scoreless innings where he only allowed one hit. He remained in the game for the ninth but could not finish after allowing two more hits.

Maryland had their best scoring opportunity in the seventh. The Terps collected two singles and a hit-by-pitch to load the bases with only one out. Ole Miss made a pitching change, bringing in sophomore righty Mason Nichols. Nichols was able to get the Rebels out of the inning without allowing a run.

“I think the difference in the game was they got it done when it mattered and we didn’t, that was the bottom line,” said Head Coach Rob Vaughn.

The Rebels were able to add some insurance runs in the ninth with a two-RBI single from Ethan Groff. Maryland was unable to score again in the ninth and started their weekend with a loss.

This loss moves the team back below .500 as they fall to 4-5. Maryland will look to turn it around as they face another ranked opponent tomorrow No. 7 Vanderbilt.

Series Preview: Cambria College Classic

After an exciting home win on Tuesday, the Terps are heading back on the road to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic. The No. 18 Maryland Terrapins (4-4) will have a busy weekend as they face No. 4 Ole Miss on Friday, No. 7 Vanderbilt on Saturday, and Hawaii on Sunday.

The Terps picked up a much-needed win on Tuesday as they beat Delaware 8-3, moving them back to .500. The offense continued to be hot as they extended their streak of hitting a home run in every game this season. A first-inning home run from Ian Petrutz, his fifth of the season, put the Terps up early. Elijah Lambros hit his third home run of the season with a two-run homer in the fourth. Luke Shliger went 2-for-3 including a two-RBI double which extended his hit streak to six games.

Freshman LHP Kyle McCoy made his first start and struck out two batters in a scoreless first inning. From there Logan Ott took over, tossing a career-high seven strikeouts in 4.2 innings of play.

Maryland will look to build on this at the Cambria College Classic this weekend. It won’t be easy, as the Terps will face two top-10 ranked opponents in Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. This will also be the first time Maryland has faced Hawaii in program history.

Ole Miss Rebels (7-2)

Last Season

In 2022 the Rebels finished 42-23 (14-16) and stepped up in the postseason, winning 10 of 11 games on their way to their first championship in program history. Ole Miss has retained some of their key pieces from their championship team. All-tournament team members Calvin Harris and Kemp Anderson return for another potential postseason run.

This Season

The Rebels are off to a hot start this season, starting 7-2. Maryland already caught a glimpse of this Ole Miss team last weekend in Oxford, Mississippi. The Terps were able to take the first game of the series, winning 9-2, but dropped the final two games.

Hitters to Watch

Junior shortstop Jacob Gonzalez has continued his hot start to the season after batting a combined 5-for-7 in two games against Louisianna Tech. Gonzalez leads the team in batting average (.441), hits (15), and is tied for first in RBIs with 14.

Outfielder Calvin Harris lit up the Terps in their most recent game last Sunday. Harris collected four hits and had two home runs, including a game-ending grand slam that put the Rebels up by 10.

Pitchers to Watch

Ole Miss ace Hunter Elliot is still sidelined with a sprained UCL. The Terps will likely face off against junior righty Jack Dougherty. This will be the second time they have faced off against Dougherty this season. Last Friday against the Terps Dougherty struck out three but allowed three runs on six hits through four innings.

Vanderbilt Commodores (6-3)

Last Season

Vanderbilt was just one win short of a third-straight 40-win season in 2022, finishing 39-23. The Commodores went to the NCAA Regional but were one win short of advancing to the Super Regional, losing to Oregon State 7-6. This snapped a streak of four consecutive Super Regional appearances.

This Season

The Commodores start this season 6-3, including a ranked win against No. 9 Oklahoma State and two wins against No. 17 UCLA. They go into this weekend riding a two-game win streak after a comeback win over Austin Peay on Tuesday 11-7.

Hitters to Watch

The headliner of this offense so far this season has been sophomore infielder Jonathan Vastine. Vastine is batting a team-high .394 with two home runs and 10 RBIs. 

The whole offense contributed to the comeback on Tuesday as eight players collected hits and five of them recorded a multi-hit game. Junior outfielder Enrique Bradfield Jr. reached base five times and scored two runs in the win.

Pitchers to Watch

The pitching staff is a strong point for Vanderbilt led by Devin Futrell and Carter Holton. Futrell, a sophomore LHP, has earned a 1.80 ERA and held opponents to a .147 batting average in two starts this season. Carter Holton is also a sophomore LHP that has posted a 1.93 ERA through his first two starts this season. Both Futrell and Holton pitched last weekend against UCLA and could be in line to start again this weekend.

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (4-3)

Last Season

Hawaii finished last season just above .500 with a 28-24 record. This was not enough to break their NCAA tournament drought as Hawaii has not made it since 2010. Hawaii looks to build off its first full winning season since 2018 and snap its tournament drought.

This Season

The Rainbow Warriors have started this season with a 4-3 record, most recently losing to San Diego State. Last weekend, they went 1-2 at the Tony Gwynn Legacy games in San Diego. The game versus Maryland on Sunday will be the first time the two programs have ever faced off.

Hitters to Watch

Through their first seven games this season Hawaii has hit seven home runs. The standout of this offense has been redshirt sophomore outfielder Jared Quandt. Quandt leads the Rainbow Warriors in batting average with .563 and home runs with three. After missing last season due to injury, Quandt has returned better than ever.

Pitchers to Watch

Hawaii has used a large pool of pitchers this season, with 15 pitchers making appearances so far. Of those 15 pitchers only one pitcher, Randy Abshier, has made multiple starts and has posted a 2.45 ERA through 7.1 innings.

Offensive barrage continues, Ott and bullpen comes up big, as Maryland gets much needed win against Delaware

After a series in Oxford where Maryland dropped 2 of 3 to 2022 College Baseball champions Ole Miss, the Terps were back at The Bob for their midweek showdown against The Delaware Blue Hens. No. 18 Maryland was looking to regain their mojo after a subpar 3-4 start to the year that included a home opener loss to West Virginia and a game which they got mercy ruled to end the Ole Miss series. And with an 8-3 victory against Delaware, the Terps got themselves back on track in a game where they got a much needed win, as well as momentum going into the Cambria College Classic for their weekend slate.

Maryland got off to a good start as Kyle McCoy impressed on the mound in the first with two strikeouts, which helped Maryland avoid the disastrous top of the 1st inning that they suffered against West Virginia, where they dug themselves into a permanent hole after allowing five runs to score.

The Terps offense continued to build on the hot streak that they’ve been riding all year, as Nick Lorusso ensured that the Terps would strike first with his RBI groundout to make it a 1-0 game. With two outs in the inning and nobody on base, that didn’t matter for Ian Petrutz who hit a monster home run for his fifth of the year in just eight games to make it a 2-0 game for the Terps after an inning. Logan Ott relieved Kyle McCoy and pitched a scoreless second inning with two strikeouts. Maryland was able to draw two walks in the second, and with two outs captain Luke Shliger came up clutch with a double which allowed Maryland to score two runs as they continued their strong offensive attack and found themselves up 4-0 after two innings.

Ott got himself into a bit of a jam in the second inning, with a man on first and second base with one out and a 3-0 count on heavy hitter Dan Covino. Though Ott kept his composure and proceeded to throw 3 straight strikes and draw a groundout to end the inning and keep Delaware scoreless. The Terps offense would stall in the third as they went down 1-2-3 for the first time of the day. Ott got himself into a jam once again in the top of the fourth, with two outs and a man on second and third, but he was yet again able to escape unscathed, drawing a line out to shortstop Matt Shaw to bring the Terps up to bat in the bottom of the inning.

“We had a bunch of pitches working for each pitcher on the mound, which kept hitters off balance all night.” Catcher Luke Shliger said. “[We] got a lot of advantage counts, and when you do that you’re gonna have success.”

The Terps would have a man on third with two outs as Elijah Lambros came to the plate, and Lambros would come up clutch with a two run homer for his third of the year to make it 6-0 Maryland as the team scored their fourth run with two outs in the game on the day. Maryland was able to force Delaware’s starting pitcher Wyatt Nelson out after he allowed a single to Luke Shliger and walk to Matt Shaw, Nelson was relieved by Dan Frank after he pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and six runs. Frank was able to get out of the inning and limit the damage for Delaware after a Nick Lorusso warning track fly out. Logan Ott would have no struggles in the fifth inning as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning and continued his torrid day with four scoreless innings.

When asked if Logan Ott would get the chance to start in future midweek games, Coach Rob Vaughn was enthusiastic about the prospect.

“He’s done it a lot in his career here. What you need is a strike thrower that connects pitches [and] that breaking ball’s been way better than it’s been in the past so we kind of play weekend by weekend but he’s just the guy I trust with the ball.”

Maryland’s offensive attack staled in the sixth, and The Blue Hens would take advantage in the bottom of the sixth as they tacked on two runs after a Jake Dunion single and Owen Petrich double marked their first two runs of the game to pull them within four of the Terps. Logan Ott was taken out of the game at this point and replaced by Andrew Johnson after a day which saw him allow only two runs in 4 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts on the day. Andrew Johnson would draw the fly out to allow Maryland a chance to reignite their offense, and with a runner on second and third with two outs, Nick Lorusso would take advantage with an RBI single that saw Maryland go up 8-2 to begin the inning as the Terps offense once again scored runs with two out. Lorusso got his RBI total up to three on the day and 14 on the year with the hit.

Andrew Johnson’s control issues from previous outings would continue as he would walk Delaware’s first two batters giving the Blue Hens a runner on first and second to begin the inning. Johnson would make his best effort to get out of the inning, with a strikeout and fly out brining him one out away. Though, he was unsuccessful, as JJ Freeman hit a rocket up the middle that turned into an RBI single making it an 8-3 game as Johnson was pulled for David Falco, who was able to take down Delaware and allow Maryland to come back up to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. Maryland was able to capitalize on two errors from Blue Hen JJ Freeman at shortstop, giving them men on first and second with no outs, but the Terps were still unable to score. David Falco would continue his outing in the eighth and he would dominate, sending the Blue Hens down in order and setting up the Terps for the chance to end the game after they failed to tack on anymore runs in the eighth inning.

Vaughn was very satisfied with Falco’s performance after he had a bit of a rough patch this passed weekend against Ole Miss and stated that he believes that Falco will be at a high level consistently going forward.

“Dave’s a veteran, he’s thrown a ton and when he’s stuff and he’s ahead of hitters he’s really good. He was just behind in the count his first two outings [and he] did a much better job at getting ahead of hitters today. He’s a huge piece of our bullpen so [it]s good to have him have a good bounce back day.”

Nigel Belgrave relieved David Falco in the ninth, and although it wasn’t a 1-2-3 inning for Belgrave, he still managed to close out the game with three straight strikeouts, giving Maryland the 8-3 victory over the Blue Hens.

With the victory, Maryland moved to 4-4 on the year and Delaware dropped to 3-5. Maryland will face Delaware for another midweek game in two weeks in Newark. The Terps move on to the Cambria College Classic this weekend which will see the team face Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Hawaii.

Midweek Preview: Delaware

Following their Oxford weekend series against the defending college baseball champions in the No. 4 Ole Miss Rebels, No. 18 Maryland heads back to The Bob to take on the Delaware Blue Hens in a one game homestand.

The Terps road series against the defending champs started out in a very promising manner with a 9-2 win against Ole Miss on Friday, where ace Jason Savacool recovered from a rough opening game against USF. Even an unfamiliar glove was unable to hinder Savacool after his luggage was lost by Southwest, as he pitched seven innings, allowing only five hits and two runs, while leading the Terps to victory. 

Along with Savacool’s gem, Ian Petrutz would hit his 2nd grand slam of the year, which marked Maryland’s fourth game of the season where a grand slam was hit. 

However, things went downhill from Friday night for Maryland. The Terps were up 6-4 against the Rebels going into the bottom of the seventh on Saturday afternoon. Though, Ole Miss would score eight unanswered runs to end the game. Usually reliable bullpen arm David Falco Jr would allow a five run inning in the eighth, as the Terps dropped the second game of the series by a score of 12-6. 

With the series on the line on Sunday, Maryland went into the bottom of the seventh down 11-8, however, the bullpen once again disappointed. Tommy Kane, Eliakim Stowe, and Andrew Johnson could not manage to get an out in the seventh as Ole Miss scored seven runs and the game ended in a bitter mercy rule for Maryland with a final score of 18-8, which dropped the Terps to 3-4 on the year.

Delaware Blue Hens (3-4)

Last Season

Delaware’s 2022 season was one that could be described as mediocre at best and underwhelming at worst. The Blue Hens had a 25-26 record to end the year while finishing a miserable 8th in the CAA and 8-15 in conference play. Delaware’s season ended in the CAA tournament after two straight losses to the six seed Northeastern. The Blue Hens pitching was significantly lacking as they had a 5.06 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP overall. Delaware’s offense was substantially better than its pitching as their slash line was .277/.356/.439 as a team. The Blue Hens were led by 2022 first team All-CAA Joey Loynd, who had a batting average of .298 with 45 RBI and eight home runs, and second team All-CAA Joseph Carpenter, who had a batting average of .310 with 41 RBI and eight home runs.

This Season

Delaware is so far just under water to start the year as they go into Tuesday’s game with a 3-4 record and looking to get back to .500. Delaware’s pitching has been nothing short of horrendous, as the team has combined for a 10.83 ERA, this was thanks to a tough season opening series against Ole Miss, where the Blue Hens dropped all three games by a combined score of 35-6. Unlike the pitching, the offense for Delaware has been much better as they have so far slashed .267/.388/.412 to start the year with Bryce Greeley, Dan Covino, and Joey Loynd leading the way.

Hitters to Watch

With Joseph Carpenter having signed with the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Independent Atlantic League, the Blue Hens’ hitters have had somewhat of a hole to fill. Familiar faces who have stepped so far up include Joey Loynd who is hitting .323 with a whopping 14 RBI and one home run after just seven games played. Bryce Greeley leads the team in batting average as he hits .360 from behind the plate along with five RBI and two home runs. The Blue Hens also have new blood come up big for them this year so far as Central Connecticut State transfer Dan Covino, who was first team All-ECAC back in 2022, has hit .333 so far along with four RBI. Redshirt sophomore Brett Lesher has also started the year off nicely with five hits and a .263 batting average.

Pitchers to Watch

Delaware’s team weakness has been its pitching this year, but there are still those on the roster who have stood out in the Blue Hen’s first seven games. Luke Pizzico earned the win last year when the Blue Hen’s faced off against the Terps after pitching 2 scoreless innings. Pizzico has a 4.50 ERA in 3 appearances, with all of the appearances coming from the bullpen, making him very likely to see action against the Terps. Joey Silan is another name to watch, as he has made 2 appearances out of the bullpen and compiled a 3.24 ERA, including 4.1 scoreless innings with only one hit allowed against Ole Miss.

Probable Starting Pitching Matchup


This very likely will end up being a bullpen game for the Terps as the Terps’ main three starters in Jason Savacool, Nick Dean, and Nate Haberthier all started this past weekend in Oxford.

In Maryland’s only midweek game of the year, Ryan Van Buren earned the start, however he allowed 4 runs after only 2/3 of an inning, so it’s possible that Coach Rob Vaughn will seek to give another one of his guys a chance to start. Kenny Lippman, who has compiled a 1.80 ERA in three appearances and Logan Ott, who has a 2.70 ERA in 3 ⅓ innings, could be candidates for the start.

Delaware’s only midweek game so far was a bullpen game, with Bryce Greenly pitching a scoreless first inning, and Dan Frake pitching three innings, allowing two hits and one run as the Blue Hens beat UMBC by a score of 22-11. Both could possibly start in Tuesday’s game.

Terps get mercied, lose series to Ole Miss

After losing the second game of the series, Maryland was back for the rubber match against the Ole Miss Rebels Sunday at Swayze field. Like it had on Saturday, Maryland’s shaky pitching allowed home run after home run for Ole Miss. After five straight walks to begin the bottom of the seventh, Ole Miss’ Calvin Harris launched a grand slam to enforce a mercy rule as the Rebels took down the Terps 18-8.

The game started poorly for Maryland after both Luke Shliger and Matt Shaw struck out and Nick Lorusso was called out on a full count by way of the new batter’s box violation that says, “the batter must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box throughout the time at bat.” Their bad start continued when Jacob Gonzalez stroked one over the right field wall for a leadoff homer that gave the Rebels an early 1-0 lead.

With two outs to start the second, Rivas walked three straight to load the bases for Elijah Lambros. Lambros, just 1-7 in the series but with two RBI’s in the previous game, spoiled the opportunity when he flew out to right field.

Maryland found their stride in the third when a Shliger single gave Maryland their first hit of the game. Soon after, Lorusso cranked a no-doubter to left field to give the Terps the lead at 2-1.

Also featured in the top of the third was Shaw’s second strikeout of the day. Shaw, one of the best shortstops in all of college baseball, had a poor output in the series going just one-for-five on Friday, zero-for-five with four strikeouts, a career-high, Saturday, and zero-for-four with a walk Sunday.

Maryland’s lead did not last long as Peyton Chatagnier sent a first-pitch bomb into the Terps’ bullpen to tie the game at two. Nate Haberthier, Maryland’s starter, somewhat shaken from his second allowed a home run, walked the next two batters which set up Calvin Harris perfectly as he launched a ball over the wall, narrowly missing Bobby Zmarzlak’s outstretched glove.

Haberthier, shaken up again, allowed a single to Kemp Alderman and walked Anthony Calarco before head coach Rob Vaughn made a call to the bullpen for Kenny Lippman. In 16 appearances last year for Dennison, Lippman had a sub-2.00 ERA but faced a difficult challenge with two men on and no outs. After Ethan Lege lined out, TJ McCants, getting his first start of the series, sent a missile over the wall on a 3-1 count to extend the Rebels’ lead to 8-2.

Things got chippy between Shliger and McCants when McCants stayed in the box to watch his home run a little too long for Shliger’s liking. The two had to be separated when McCants crossed home plate and both sides received warnings.

Ole Miss pitchers had trouble all series when it came to issuing free passes and Rivas was no different when he issued his fourth walk of the day to Keister. After Zmarzlak went down, Lambros came up and redeemed himself when sent one into the bleachers for a two-run shot to cut the lead to 8-4. Unfortunately, Shaw struck out once again, his third already on the day.

The home run derby continued when Lorusso slashed his second of the game, a two run blast, to again cut the lead to 8-6. It was at this point when Mike Bianco decided to go to the bullpen for Mitch Murell. Murell, who appeared in the first game of the series, allowed three hits in two innings on the mound on Friday.

After Ethan Groff scored on a Harris double, Vaughn made his second pitching change as he brought in Tommy Kane to relieve Lippman. Harris would score on the ensuing at-bat to extend the Rebels’ lead 10-6.

Shliger got his revenge on McCants later in the fifth when the Maryland catcher sent a two-run blast over McCants’ head to once again cut down the Ole Miss lead to 10-8. Shliger’s long ball was the eighth combined between the two teams as the long balls came early and often for both sides.

Both teams went scoreless in their next at-bats, but on a full count with two outs and Eddie Hacopian on first, Matt Woods was called out on a pitch he thought walked him to first. Woods said something afterward to the umpire who immediately ejected him. Vaughn quickly got in the umpire’s face and was almost thrown out himself.

After a rare offensive lull Sunday for the Rebels, Alderman got things going again when he hit the ninth home run of the game to expand the Rebel lead to 11-8. With an increased lead and three innings left, Biano decided to go to the bullpen again for Brayden Jones to close the door.

Kane, who looked good in his three innings of work with five strikeouts, loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh and was relieved by Eliakim Stowe. Stowe, who only pitched two-thirds of an inning so far this season, had a tall task ahead of him. He walked Chatagnier, the first batter he faced, hit Gozalez immediately after and then walked Groff to walk in three runs to extend the Rebels’ lead to 14-8 with no outs.

After a horrible outing for Stowe, he was relieved by Andrew Johnson with the bases still loaded and no outs. Facing Harris, who already had a home run today and could possibly end it on a grand slam, Johnson’s pitch was taken deep to end the game early as the Rebels forced a mercy rule winning 18-8 in seven innings.

Harris had a phenomenal series. He was the only player to get a hit off of Jason Savacool when he had two before anyone else got one, and on Sunday he had eight RBIs and was 4-5 at the plate with two home runs including the walk-off.

With the loss, Maryland fell to 3-4 on the year. The team will be back home on Tuesday to play Delaware before heading to Minneapolis for the Cambria College Classic.

Maryland pitching falters late as Terps fall to Rebels

Coming off of their stellar offensive performance on Friday night against Ole Miss, the Maryland Terrapins looked to continue their success against the defending College World Series Champions in the second of this three-game series. But, Maryland’s pitching faltered late and their offense was unable to keep up as the Terps fell to the Ole Miss Rebels 12-6 at Swayze Field.

It was the Ole Miss freshman Jayson Saunier that got the start for the Rebels. He immediately hit Luke Shliger on the second pitch of the game and walked Matt Shaw on a full count after. After Shaw popped out and moved Shliger to third, a dropped third strike against Ian Petrutz got behind catcher Calvin Harris and Shliger took off for home but was tagged out to conclude an eventful top of the first.

After Savacool’s phenomenal performance on Friday night, it was senior Nick Dean on the mound today for the Terps. After walking Ethan Groff, Ole Miss’ first of the series, a Kemp Alderman double squeezed right past the glove of Nick Lorusso would help Groff score to take the early lead for Ole Miss.

An Ethan Lege error allowed Hacopian to reach first to start the second followed by a four-pitch walk issued to the transfer Matt Woods as the Ole Miss bullpen loosened up early. A perfectly executed bunt by Kevin Keister loaded the bases for the Terps and the grand slam watch was on again. Instead, an Elijah Lambros sacrifice fly sent home Eddie Hacopian to tie the game at 1-1.

The game would not stay tied for long as Jacob Gonzalez singled on a 3-2 count with two outs to send Lege home from second and take back the lead. Hacopian misjudged the ball’s second bounce, allowing it to bounce off of him and into the outfield which gave Lege all the time he needed to round third and cross home plate.

Enter Petrutz. Coming off of his grand slam in the contest last night, he uncoiled another solo shot in the top of the third to tie the game at two. After hitting Hacopian and walking Keister, Ole Miss brought in Sam Tookoian to relieve Jayson Saunier who was able to get out of the jam.

Tookoian continued his hot relief appearance after getting out of the jam in the third by striking out the side against Maryland to start the fourth. Dean did not fare as well as he worked two outs but loaded bases for Groff as head coach Rob Vaughn started getting arms loose in the bullpen. With the bases juiced, Groff hit a hard single to left field and two crossed home for Ole Miss to once again take the lead. 

After looking untouchable, Tookoian walked three batters to once again load the bases for Maryland and Bobby Zmarzlak. Zmarzlak, having already been in a two-out bases-loaded situation earlier, found himself in a 3-2 count and walked to send in a free run to cut Ole Miss’ lead to one. 

Having seen enough, Ole Miss head coach Mike Bianco made a call to the bullpen and brought in senior Matt Parenteau. Now facing Lambros, Parenteau walked him and Shliger back-to-back and gave the Terps the lead at five. Going into the final third of the game, Maryland was walked nine times and hit by a pitch three times already.

After coming in relief of Nick Dean, freshman Kyle McCoy took the mound and quickly worked two outs before getting out of trouble to end the inning. So far in this series against Ole Miss, pitching has been one of Maryland’s strengths as they have gotten more innings and consistency from their arms than Ole Miss. The Rebels used many of their better relief arms already in the series and it will be a point to look for going into the final game of the series on Sunday.

Rain, having caused a delay in yesterday’s game, continued to be a problem as Ole Miss’ left fielder Reagan Burford slipped twice trying to catch a Shliger pop fly. As a result, Shliger doubled and Zmarzlak scored to extend the lead to two.

The Rebels started showing signs of life on offense when a Harris single, an Anthony Calarco double, and a Lege walk loaded the bases for John Kramer who pinch-hit for Will Furniss. Vaughn had seen enough and decided to bring in the sophomore Nigel Belgrave in relief of McCoy. Having worked back from the bases loaded and no outs, Belgrave walked in a run with two outs to diminish the lead to one, and after just two-thirds innings of work, Vaughn pulled Belgrave in for junior David Falco Jr. who immediately gave up a two-run single to Jason Gonzalez.

Down one with two outs and the bases loaded, Zmarzlak once again found himself at the plate. This time he flew one out to right that had an opportunity to be the Terps’ fifth grand slam of the season but was chased down on the warning track by Alderman.

Ole Miss’ offense lost no steam and extended its lead on a two-run homer by Calarco to make their lead 6-9. Shortly after, a Wood single drove in Maddox to extend the lead to four, and with the bases loaded Vaugh pulled Falco for sophomore Ryan Van Buren. His first batter was Groff who singled to left and scored two more to extend the lead to 12-6.

The Terps went down in order in the top of the ninth and the two will play the rubber match of the series at 2:30 PM Sunday.

Grand slams continue, Savacool finds groove as Maryland takes down defending champs

New glove? No problem for Maryland ace Jason Savacool as he mowed down the Ole Miss lineup racking up nine strikeouts and allowing just two runs in seven innings of work against the defending College World Series champions. Thanks to Savacool’s production on the mound, coupled with Ian Petrutz’s second grand slam of the season, the Terps took down the Ole Miss Rebels Friday night at Swayze Field with a final score of 9-2.

In his first start of the season for Ole Miss, junior Jack Dougherty started off the game about as effectively as possible, setting the Terps first three batters down in order. In the bottom half of the first inning, Savacool retired the Rebels’ first three hitters with two strikeouts. What looked like a great pitching battle early came to an end in the top of the second inning as a sac fly from junior Kevin Keister drove in Petrutz followed by a fielder’s choice that allowed sophomore Eddie Hacopian to cross home from third to put the Terps up by two.

The Rebels managed to get one back as two uncharacteristic defensive errors by junior catcher Luke Shliger allowed Calvin Harris to advance to third after his leadoff single. Harris would eventually cross home on an RBI groundout from Anthony Calarco.

The story of the game was Savacool who racked up six strikeouts in the first three innings alone. He routinely worked his way back from hitter-friendly counts to strike out two-thirds of the Rebels’ lineup early. Savacool, who was handed the loss in the Terps’ season opener at USF, surpassed his strikeout total of five from that game early on against Ole Miss in his first three innings of work.

Harris seemed to be Savacool’s kryptonite, however, as the junior was 2-2 against Maryland’s ace and was the only Ole Miss player to record a hit against him through four innings.

On the mound for Ole Miss, Dougherty pitched well but his pitch count was at 80 before he was taken out in the middle of the fifth top and replaced by senior Mitch Murrell after an RBI single from Shliger drove in Lambros to extend the Terps’ lead to 3-1.

Many questionable calls, including Lambros’ double that helped him to score on the Shliger single, went Maryland’s way all throughout the contest to the dismay of the Ole Miss fans assembled at Swayze Field as they made their presence known with a barrage of boos. 

In the bottom of the fifth, Anthony Calarco was the first player not named Harris to record a hit against Savacool. Calarco was able to advance to second on a groundout by Furniss, but he was left stranded after Judd Utermark struck out and Peyton Chatagnier lined out to end the inning. Utermark’s strikeout gave Savacool his seventh and counting on the night.

After a flashy offensive output in the top of the fifth inning, Maryland’s offense would leave Bobby Zmarzlak stranded in the top of the sixth to keep the Maryland lead at two. Faced with the top of Ole Miss’ order, Savacool quickly retired Ethan Groff, Jacob Gonzalez, and Kemp Alderman to end the sixth.

After a leadoff single by Shliger, Matt Shaw, having an uncharacteristically quiet night offensively, got his first hit of the night, a double to right field that helped Shliger advance to third. With two men in scoring position and no outs, Ole Miss went to their bullpen for the second time bringing in freshman Jordan Vera to relieve Murrell after he allowed three hits in two innings on the mound.

With the bases loaded and no one out, Ian Petrutz, who had a grand slam in Maryland’s series against USF, would launch another grand slam into Ole Miss’ bullpen to extend Maryland’s lead to 7-1. Maryland’s offensive clinic continued when a Keister single drove in Matt Woods to extend the lead to 8-1.

Following his five earned runs, Jordan Vera was replaced by freshman Brayden Jones who immediately hit Zmarzlak to put two men on base. Shortly after, the Terps had another bases-loaded opportunity, but Matt Shaw popped out to close the top of the seventh.

After allowing just his second run of the game when Calarco scored on a Furniss double who reached on an error, Savacool got his ninth strikeout of the game to close the seventh

Following seven innings pitched and nine strikeouts, Savacool was relieved by fifth year Kenny Lippman. Coming off two innings pitched against USF on Sunday, Lippman struck out the side to bring the came into the ninth. Lippman would come back to finish the game, setting down the final three Ole Miss hitters in order.

With the win, Maryland improves to 3-2 on the year and hands Ole Miss their first loss of the season. The two will meet again tomorrow for the second of this three-game series.

Series Preview: Ole Miss Rebels

Coming off of a somewhat disappointing start to the season, the No. 14 Maryland Terrapins (2-2) are back on the road for their second series of the year against the 2022 College World Series Champions, the red-hot No. 4 Ole Miss Rebels (4-0).

After their comeback fell short in the first game of the season, Maryland won its next two games thanks to grand slams in both contests courtesy of Nick Lorusso and Ian Petrutz. With the offense looking revitalized, things seemed to be going Maryland’s way. Unfortunately in their next game against West Virginia, the Mountaineers dismantled the Terps’ pitching as they put up seven runs and caused three pitching changes in the first three innings alone. A late comeback attempt by the Terps failed as they fell to 2-2 on the young season.

Ole Miss, however, has been firing on all cylinders out of the gate as they won all four of their games to start the new season. So far the Rebels have outscored their opponents 46-9 thanks to the slugging trio of Chatagnier, Alderman, and Gonzalez. Equally impressive has been the Rebels’ pitching with an average ERA of 2.69 between their four starters so far. However, Ole Miss will be without their ace Hunter Elliot this weekend as he deals with forearm tightness.

The game Friday will be just the third time ever these programs have squared off on the diamond. The series is currently tied at 1-1 with the most recent victory being Maryland’s back on May 29, 2015 when the Terps won 3-1.

Last Season

Ole Miss went 42-23 (14-16) in 2022 where they breezed through the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals before advancing to the College World Series. There, they went 5-1 with wins against Auburn, Arkansa, and finally Oklahoma to claim their title as champions of college baseball. From that team, the Rebels return their top hitters in Gonzalez, Harris, and Alderman as well as their top pitchers in Elliot, Dougherty, and Nichols to attempt another run at glory.

Hitters to Watch

With Elliot out due to injury, look for the junior right hander Jack Dougherty to make his first start of the season on Friday. Last season he was used mainly as a reliever, posting a 4.91 ERA with 61 K’s over 44 innings on the mound. Against Delaware, Dougherty pitched 2.1 innings, allowed zero hits, and struck out five of the seven batters he faced.

Also expected to start a game this weekend is the freshman right hander Grayson Saunier. The four-year letterwinner out of Memphis posted a 2.33 ERA with 63 strikeouts over 48 innings during his senior season. In his first collegiate start against Delaware he allowed zero runs and just one hit with five K’s over four innings of work.

Xavier Rivas, the junior lefty transfer from Indianapolis, is another name to watch out for. Last season, he posted a flawless 7-0 record with a 2.24 ERA, 128 K’s, and four complete games. Against Delaware, the Indiana native allowed just one run and struck out eight of the 13 batters he faced.

Pitchers to Watch

Coming off of 2022 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team and First Team All-SEC selections, junior shortstop Jacob Gonzalez is already making noise this year. Last year, Gonzalez was a beast. As a sophomore, he was 1st on the team in runs, 2nd in home runs, 2nd in RBIs, 2nd in OPS, and 3rd in hits including a home run, two RBIs, and two runs in the national title-clinching game against Oklahoma. So far this season, he is already leading his team in RBIs with nine.

Across from Gonzales in the infield is senior second baseman Peyton Chatagnier. The 2020 Collegiate Baseball Freshman All American had a decent 2022, hitting .248 with 11 home runs, 45 RBI’s, 47 runs, and was second on the team with six stolen bases. He has been a powerhouse in the early window leading the Rebels in batting average (.583), hits (7), home runs (2), slugging (1.167), on-base percentage (.625), and OPS (1.729).

Tied for the team lead in hits and home runs is junior Kemp Alderman. Of his 58 starts last season, he was a designated hitter for 52 of them and an outfielder for six. Alderman was very productive in his DH role, finishing second on the team in doubles, tied for third in home runs, fourth in slugging, and fifth in batting average, on-base percentage, and hits. He and Charagnier have almost identical stats on the year, both tied for first in hits and home runs, but Alderman has three more RBI’s going into the series against Maryland.