Sixteen days after the Maryland baseball team last played in College Park, the Terrapins finally return home to face in-state rival UMBC on Tuesday.
The Terps went 3-4 on their season-high seven-game road stretch, losing two of three in their conferences series with Indiana and Illinois, with a win over Towson in between.
In Sunday’s finale against Illinois, the Terps clawed back with four runs in the ninth inning to tie the game, but lost soon after on a walkoff home run. They’ll regain the privilege of last ups Tuesday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, where they have gone 18-1.
Maryland last lost at home March 26 against Michigan and swept Michigan State and Penn State in its two most recent home series. The Terps have not lost a midweek game at home this year.
UMBC (18-19) often engages in shootouts, averaging 6.14 runs per game on offense while giving up 6.43. The team is batting .299 and has five regulars hitting over .300, but just one pitcher has an ERA below 4.00 (reliever Andy Rozylowicz, at 3.94).
The Retrievers have heated up since the calendar turned to April, batting .336 over their last 21 games while scoring 7.43 runs per game. They’re 13-8 over that time.
Infielder James Switalski is tough to keep off the bases. He’s batting .316 while leading the team with 26 walks, giving him an on-base percentage of .426. Catcher Hunter Dolson is tops on the squad with six home runs and 27 RBIs. Dolson has an impressive slash line of .318/.406/.564.
Righty Jacob Christian has started the last two UMBC midweek games, winning both while giving up one run over 11.1 innings. He’s struck out 45 batters in 44.1 innings, carrying a 6.29 ERA.
Reliever Ryan Hill, a recent midweek starting option for the Terrapins, threw 40 pitches Sunday, which could hold him out to rest Tuesday.
Maryland is 35-13-1 all-time against UMBC, having last played and defeated them in 2014.
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. in College Park.