Terps Face Georgia Tech In Crucial ACC Road Series

Maryland baseball is looking for its third ACC series win of the season

The Terps visit Georgia Tech this weekend for a three-game series.

The Terps visit Georgia Tech this weekend for a three-game series.

March 29, 2007

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    The Maryland Terrapins travel to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech for a three-game weekend series at Russ Chandler Stadium. Game times are 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All three games will be covered live online by ACC Select, while radio coverage will be provided by WMUC Sports.
    • The Terps took two of three last weekend at home against then-No. 6 Clemson, winning 4-3 and 4-1 on Friday and Saturday before falling 5-0 on Sunday.
    • In midweek action, Maryland cruised to 15-3 and 12-0 victories over non-conference foes William & Mary and Coppin State. Against the Eagles, the Terps pitching staff combined for a no-hitter.
    • Maryland is looking for its third conference series win of the season, as the Terps have taken two games apiece from NC State and Clemson.
    • Junior reliever Brett Cecil set a new school record with his 16th career save on Feb. 17 in the Terps' 12-inning win over Creighton, 1-0. Cecil, who set the record for a single season in 2006 with 13 saves, was named to the preseason Clemens Award watch list and All-America second team by Baseball America. Cecil now has seven saves on the season and 22 for his career.

    Maryland trails in the all-time series, 20-57 (.260). Last season, Maryland took two of three against the No. 3 Yellow Jackets, winning Saturday and Sunday by 6-3 and 8-5 margins. In the Terps' last trip to Atlanta, GT took two of three but the Terps did notch a 2-1 upset of the No. 1 Jackets on April 2, winning 2-1.

    Georgia Tech is 16-11 entering the weekend, and 5-4 in the ACC. The offense is led by Danny Payne, who is batting .412 with three triples and 17 RBIs in 2007. The Jackets will send David Duncan (4-2, 3.40 ERA), John Goodman (1-1, 2.84 ERA) and Ryan Turner (2-3, 3.89 ERA) to the hill this weekend.

    On March 14, Maryland banged out 25 hits, tying a school record, as it cruised to a 27-0 victory against Coppin State at Shipley Field. Every Maryland position player recorded at least one hit in the contest, with Steve Braun and AJ Casario leading the squad with four hits each. Casario also paced the offense with seven RBIs. Senior Brandon Mise notched his first career hit, a triple in the fifth inning, and went on to finish 3-for-3 with an RBI. Other Terps making their mark in the hits column for the first time were freshman Ian Schwalenberg and redshirt freshman Mike Rozak, who each singled. Two weeks later, the Terps combined for a no-hitter as they defeated the Eagles 12-0 at Shipley Field.

    Freshman AJ Casario shook off a rough start to the season and has become one of the Terps' most dangerous offensive weapons, as the lefty slugger finds himself among the top of the offensive statistics on the team. Casario leads the squad in batting average (.371) and triples (3), while placing second in runs batted in (23) and stolen bases (six). Against Lafayette, he was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate, driving in two runs while scoring twice. Against Coppin State on March 14, he turned in a 4-for-6 performance with seven RBIs, highlighted by his sixth inning grand slam to right field. The blast was also his first career home run. He has found success in conference play as well, hitting 12-for-33 (.364) with six RBIs in the Terps' nine conference games.

    Juniors Kevin Biringer and Brett Cecil combined for six scoreless innings in the second game of the doubleheader against George Washington. After an early four-run deficit, the two quieted the Colonials' bats as the Terps mounted a late comeback to earn the sweep. Biringer, making his first relief appearance of the season, entered to start the fourth inning and allowed just one hit in his three-inning outing, while setting a new career high with six strikeouts. Cecil took over in the seventh and was equally effective, as he gave up just two hits in his three-inning stint, earning the win after the Terps' seventh-inning rally. Cecil earned his second victory in as many days after his work in Friday's 6-5 win.

    Maryland has had no problems hitting the long ball thus far in 2007, as the Terps have blasted 16 home runs in 26 games. Sophomore Mike Murphy leads the team with three, after his solo shot on Tuesday against William and Mary. The Terps are 10-2 this season in games they have hit at least one round-tripper. In the second game of the year, senior Dan Melvin blasted a 12th inning solo shot to give the Terps a 1-0 win over Gardner-Webb. In the Saturday win at NC State, senior Jon Greenwich pinch hit a blast to deep left field to put the Terps ahead, 3-2, in the top of the ninth.

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