The Maryland Terrapins’ 2019 season lives another day. Thanks to yet another quality start from Hunter Parsons and two key eighth-inning home runs, the Terrapins stormed to a 6-2 upset win Wednesday over the Illinois Fighting Illini in the first round of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament.
For one night, Maryland’s lineup showed the offensive firepower that had been missing for much of the season. In their 8-4 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes Friday night, the Terrapins exploded for three home runs, more than enough to take their third straight victory and give them an edge in the battle for the final Big Ten Tournament spot.
Despite their best efforts to seemingly do otherwise, the Maryland Terrapins managed to win their series opener Thursday night against the Iowa Hawkeyes, 8-6, thanks to a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth by shortstop A.J. Lee.
Maryland’s hopes of reaching the 2019 Big Ten Baseball Tournament took another blow after they dropped the rubber match of their series to Minnesota, 2-1, at Siebert Field Sunday afternoon.
Maryland’s chances of making the Big Ten Baseball Tournament took a severe blow Saturday night. Despite a decent performance from Zach Thompson, the Terps’ batting lineup did not make an impact until it was too late, letting Minnesota come away with a 9-3 win in the second game of their three-game series.
Maryland baseball’s run of good play against Big Ten foes has come to a halt in their series against Michigan. Thanks to a disastrous fifth inning where Michigan put up four runs on Maryland despite the benefit of only one base hit, Maryland dropped their second in a row to the conference-leading Wolverines, 10-4.
This season, Maryland have proven that, if nothing else, they can win on the road and they can win against the Big Ten. On Friday, they did not disappoint, as they took care of the slumping Penn State Nittany Lions 5-2 in the first of a three-game series in State College.
After taking one out of three from Ohio State and beating Virginia Commonwealth 10-5 on Tuesday, the Maryland Terrapins are back on the road for another weekend conference series against the Penn State Nittany Lions.
After taking the first game of a Saturday afternoon doubleheader at home over the Ohio State Buckeyes, and cruising to an 8-3 lead in the second game, the Maryland Terrapins seemed on their way to climbing over .500 and winning another conference series. Their season-long issues with hitting and fielding seemed only a memory.
But as they had against Maine earlier this season, the Terps let a commanding lead slip at home in the second game. Unlike with Maine, Maryland could not recover to take victory.
The Maryland Terrapins regained some of their pride on Saturday, splitting a Saturday doubleheader against the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign, Illinois. In so doing, they won their first series in over three weeks.
If there were a mercy rule in college baseball, Saturday’s so-called “game” would have been called by the fifth inning. The Maryland Terrapins – as well as their home students and fans – were not so fortunate, and were made to suffer one of the most embarrassing days in the history of the baseball program – a 20-5 shellacking at the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers.