In 2014, the Maryland Terrapins baseball team surprised everyone and made a huge success in head coach John Szefc’s second season, reaching a Super Regional and falling to Virginia.
Then, Maryland made the jump to the Big Ten. They finished fourth in a very strong conference, and advanced to the Big Ten Championship, defeating the number one seed Illinois along the way, snapping the Fighting Illini’s 27-game win streak. However, the Terps fell to the Michigan Wolverines in a 4-3 contest in the final game.
Maryland has drawn a three-seed in the Los Angeles region in the NCAA Tournament. They will match up against Ole Miss Friday May 29 at 7:00 PM, which will be aired on ESPN3. The other teams in the region are the host, UCLA, and CSU Bakersfield.
The Terps will be led offensively by second basemen Brandon Lowe who is hitting .342, Kevin Matir who is hitting .330, and Jose Cuas who has slugged 11 home runs and knocked in 53 runs.
On the mound, the Terps have very strong arms, such as sophomore Mike Shawaryn who has pitched to a 12-2 record with a 1.65 ERA. He will be followed by Kevin Mooney, who has recorded eight saves on the season, giving up only five earned runs over 32.1 innings. Other Terps pitchers include Ryan Selmer (1.42 ERA) and Alex Robinson, a hard throwing lefty who has some control problem s(1.73 ERA, 20 walks).
After not making it to the NCAA Tournament from 1971-2013, the Terps will look to use their second straight tournament appearance to advance to Omaha and the College World Series for the first time in program history.