Maryland pitchers Ryan Selmer (27) and Hunter Parsons (17) congratulate infielder Brandon Gum (5) after he scores during the Terps' 7-6 victory over West Virginia in College Park on April 11. (Paige Leckie/ The Left Bench)

Terps to embark on eight-game road trip starting Tuesday at James Madison

The Maryland baseball team announced that this game has been cancelled. No make-up game has been announced.

The Maryland baseball team again defended its home turf successfully after sweeping Michigan State in a doubleheader Sunday. The No. 22 Terrapins have a nearly spotless record in College Park, with a single loss to Michigan standing as the team’s only misfire in 19 games. As unbeatable as the Terps have been at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, they’re a less-than-stellar 6-8 in road games. Now the team sets foot on a season-high eight-game road trip, starting with James Madison on Tuesday. “I don’t think we played that bad on the road, it’s just that the results have been a little bit different,” head coach John Szefc said Sunday. “It’s always harder to play [on the road]. The home team usually wins 70 percent of the time in college baseball. I just think we have a veteran group and they make it difficult for people to come in here and play.” Michigan State came to College Park with a 10-6 road record but ran into Maryland’s buzzsaw of home field advantage and were outscored 20-5 over the weekend. “I think it’s always easier to play at home,” center fielder Zach Jancarski said. “We’re comfortable here. Every day we’re here, we bring a lot of energy. It’s a tough place to play against us. We kind of feed off of that, we know it’s a tough place to play. … It gives our guys a confidence boost before the game even starts and I think that’s important.” The Terps have traveled to a few hostile ballparks themselves this year, visiting both LSU and Nebraska for three-game series and taking a midweek excursion to take on North Carolina. Maryland went 1-6 in those games. Those weren’t meant to be easy victories for the Terps. Winning on the road is a challenge no matter the opponent, as James Madison learned this week. The Dukes return home Tuesday after seven consecutive away games, all losses. Sweeps at the hands of UNCW and William & Mary sandwiched a midweek defeat by No. 14 Virginia. As James Madison tries to get back on track, Maryland comes to town riding a seven-game winning streak. Jancarski leads the way with a 14-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .475 and scored 16 runs. The junior has found success on the road all year, with a .417 average in 14 road games compared to a .321 mark in 19 contests at home. Jancarski will share the center field grass with Mike Sciorra, a .306 hitter with five home runs and a .509 slugging percentage. Adam Sisk occupies right field and the three-spot in the order for the Dukes, which has helped him score a team-leading 46 times. He also has five homers with a .322 average and .497 slugging percentage. Despite the team’s 5.98 ERA, James Madison has consistently out-slugged opponents .462 to .419 while bashing 50 home runs and allowing 29. With Maryland re-entering the Baseball America and D1Baseball.com Top 25 this week, James Madison will play its third game of the season against a ranked opponent. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Park.

Connor Mount

Connor Mount

Senior Staff Writer at The Left Bench
Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.
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Connor Mount is an analytics enthusiast, which is polite for "sports nerd." Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland, Class of 2017.