The Terps look to bounce back in a weekend series against Princeton after a 9-2 loss to No. 11 North Carolina.
Princeton, who started its season in March 3, is just 2-6. Maryland started its season much earlier on Feb. 17 and now sits at 9-6.
The Tigers played two four-game series against Duke and UNC Greensboro, getting swept by the Blue Devils and splitting with the Spartans. Friday will be the ninth of 18 consecutive road games to start their season.
Princeton is the reigning Ivy League champion and returned five All-Ivy League players, including Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Chad Powers. Last year, Powers recorded a 2.45 ERA in 69.2 innings pitched. So far this season, he has posted a 4.50 ERA and nine strikeouts in 10 innings pitched.
Powers will pitch Friday against Brian Shaffer. Shaffer is 1-1 in four starts with a 2.19 ERA. He has struck out 28 in 24.2 innings pitched.
The Tigers have another solid arm in Ben Gross, who will start Saturday. Gross is 1-0 in two appearances with 14 strikeouts in just 11 innings of work. He holds an 0.82 ERA.
Opposing Gross on the mound will be Taylor Bloom. Bloom struggled early in the season, but he’s recovered nicely. Last week against Bryant, Bloom went seven innings giving up just four hits and two runs, both unearned. He’s lowered his ERA to a 4.74.
Princeton has yet to name a starter for Sunday’s game, but Tyler Blohm will be starting for the Terps. Blohm has had a nice freshman campaign thus far, going 3-1 in four starts with a 2.45 ERA. Blohm tossed three-hit shutout ball in six innings in his last start against Bryant, which earned him Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
Despite scoring just two runs on one base hit in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the Terps offense has been red hot. The Terps scored 21 runs in their three games against Bryant and plated 41 runs in five games that week.
Center fielder Zach Jancarski was one of the leaders of that offensive outburst, batting .450. His efforts earned him Big Ten Player of the Week.
The team holds a .400 on-base percentage thanks to plate discipline that has earned 86 walks. The Terps have used all those free trips to first base to their advantage, stealing 34 bags. Last year, Maryland only stole a base 28 times all season.
Edited by Justin Meyer.
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