The Maryland men’s baseball team (7-4) will be on the road for the second straight weekend, heading to Florida to take on the Stetson Hatters (5-7). Maryland is coming off a midweek win over Delaware while Stetson took two out of three games from Sacred Heart this week.
The Hatters started off the season slowly losing their first five games but have turned their fortunes around as of late. Junior outfielder Austin Bogart leads Stetson at the plate with 17 hits on the year while batting .362. Chris Gonzalez has been their best pitcher with a 1-0 record and 2.00 ERA. Gonzalez started their game last Friday so expect the Terrapins to see him in game one or two of the series.
The Terps will need to have more offensive outputs like their season-high 11 runs on Tuesday if they want to continue their winning ways. Randy Bednar, who has gotten a hit in 10 of 11 games so far, leads the team with a .304 batting average and 9 RBI’s. Maxwell Costes will also look to build off his strong start to the season as well. The freshman hit his first career home run on Tuesday.
On the mound, Maryland will roll with the same three pitchers who have started all the weekend games: Hunter Parsons, Zach Thompson and Trevor LaBonte
“Those guys have been the most steady part of our team so far,” said Terps head coach Rob Vaughn. “Unless something crazy happens, we will run the same three out this weekend.”
Parsons has won his last two starts. The senior right hander has a 1.35 ERA this season. With seven pitchers being used on Tuesday, Maryland will need another strong outing from Parsons to preserve the bullpen arms.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 on Friday night. The game can be streamed on ESPN+ or listened to on the Maryland Baseball Network.