When the Maryland baseball team returns home Tuesday to face Richmond, they’ll do so having regained the status of a top 25 program.
The Terrapins entered the season ranked No. 22 by D1baseball.com, but fell off the list after a 1-2 opening weekend. Now that Maryland has won six of its last seven games and 17 of its last 20, the Terps have made their way back onto the list at No. 24.
Maryland traveled to Rutgers and outscored the Scarlet Knights 20-3 in a sweep this weekend, which followed a series victory at home over then-No. 18 Michigan.
Now the Terps will look to maintain their ranking by beating the Spiders.
Richmond has won its last two series, taking two of three from both Asheville and Dayton. The Spiders are 11-15 on the season, with two-way players Jonathan de Marte and Daniel Brumbaugh shouldering a significant load.
Both hitters are batting over .300, just as they did last year for the Spiders. They also own the two lowest ERAs on the team, with de Marte holding teams to 0.82 earned runs on average and Brumbaugh at 2.05 over 22 innings. Combined, the pair has given up six earned runs in 33 innings with 39 strikeouts and 21 hits allowed.
Brumbaugh led the team with six saves last season, while de Marte owns the most saves on the squad so far in 2017, with two. De Marte is also pacing the Spiders with 20 RBI.
With Brumbaugh and de Marte alternating in the third and fourth spots in the Richmond lineup, shortstop Vinny Capra has consistently set them up to bat with runners on. The Eastern Florida State transfer is pacing the team with a .374 average and .446 on-base percentage, all while slugging a potent .535.
While Brumbaugh and de Marte have found success on the mound, Richmond’s full-time pitchers have not been nearly as reliable. The Spiders own a 5.57 ERA, which could be problematic matched up against a Maryland offense averaging 5.8 runs per game.
Maryland will try to build on its 10-1 home record with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m. at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium Tuesday.
Edited by Maggie Gottlieb.