Maryland Baseball Plays A Pair Of Midweek Games

Terps take on Coppin State at home, travel to UMBC on Wednesday.

Will Frazier became the school's career leader in total bases over the weekend against Duke.

Will Frazier became the school's career leader in total bases over the weekend against Duke.

April 19, 2005

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TERP BASEBALL PLAYS A PAIR OF MIDWEEK GAMES

  • Maryland baseball returns to Shipley Field for a non-conference matchup against Coppin State on Tuesday, before heading to UMBC on Wednesday. Freshman Ryan Moorer will start for the Terps against Coppin State, and Mike Sufczynski will take the mound against UMBC on Wednesday.

  • Audio broadcasts for each game will be available on www.wmucsports.com, and live stats will be available by logging on to the www.umterps.com baseball site.

  • Information can now be submitted to join an online newsletter mailing list. Titled "The Maryland Baseball Bulletin", the newsletter is sent to you each time new information is posted to the Maryland website. This includes weekend previews, game recaps, feature stories and more.

    PREVIEWING COPPIN STATE

    2005 Record: 18-23 (10-4 MEAC).
    2004 Record:18-32 (8-10 MEAC).
    All-Time Series: Maryland leads 30-1.
    Last Meeting: Maryland 26, Coppin State 4 - May 7, 2002.

  • Coppin State comes into Tuesday night's game with an 18-23 overall record and a 10-4 record in MEAC play. The Eagles have won five of their last six games overall, including a series win over Florida A&M over the weekend.

  • The Coppin State offense is hitting a collective .274 in 41 games, led by Brian Vickers at .343. The Eagles' catcher is second on the team with 18 extra-base hits, 32 runs batted in, a .493 slugging average and .428 on-base percentage. Third baseman Justin Riggs has been a starter in all 41 of the team's games this season and is the team leader in doubles (18), home runs (4) and walks (24). Amiel Traynum and Paul Conway have combined to steal 42 bases in 47 attempts, with Conway leading the team in runs (28) and triples (5).

  • The Eagle pitching staff has a combined 5.61 earned run average this season and has allowed opponents to hit for a .307 average. Eagle pitchers have struck out 192 batters in 332.0, to go along with 163 walks. Five pitchers have more walks than strikeouts, and only closer Jesus Melendez has a strikeout-to-walk ratio better than 2:1. Melendez has made a team-high 18 appearances and is 3-1 with six saves and a 1.89 ERA. He has struck out 29 and walked six in 38.0 innings. Junior right-hander Bill Auch leads the team with 11 starts and has won three games this season, and right-hander Matt Bellon leads the team with four wins.

    PREVIEWING UMBC

    2005 Record: 8-19 (2-4 America East).
    2004 Record: 14-38 (6-15 AEC).
    All-Time Series: Maryland leads 26-13.
    Last Meeting: UMBC 8, Maryland 6 - April 6, 2005.

  • UMBC and Maryland have played twice already this season, with Wednesday's road matchup being the third and decisive game of the series. Each team has a win, with UMBC winning the most recent game, 8-6 at Shipley Field (Apr. 6). The Retrievers have dropped four of their last five games, but snapped a four-game losing streak by winning big at Maine over the weekend (14-1, Apr. 17).

  • Big first baseman Kyle Wildasin has played well in two games against the Terps and leads UMBC with a .352 batting average for the season. He is second on the team with a .398 on-base percentage and has struck out 12 times in 108 at-bats. Catcher Alex Laddbush is tied for the team lead with nine extra-base hits and is first on the team with a .480 slugging percentage. Joe Fowler is hitting just .230, but leads the team with four home runs and 19 RBI.

  • Matt Bucholz and Blake Phipps are 1-2 on the team with respective 3.72 and 3.75 earned run averages. Phipps was the pitcher of record in the Retrievers 8-6 win over Maryland earlier in the month and is 2-2 on the season. Jon Pavlis is tied for the team lead with seven starts and has two complete games, while Eric Butkiewicz leads the team with 34 strikeouts.

    NCAA STATISTICS RELEASED APRIL 10TH

  • National statistics were released early last week, and 48 Atlantic Coast Conference players debuted on the various top 40 lists. Miami's Cesar Carillo leads the nation with eight wins and a 1.000 win percentage, and Wake Forest's Ryder Mathias leads the country with 0.56 HBPs per game. Second baseman Elliot Singletary is Maryland's lone entry in the NCAA statistics, ranking 29th in doubles (0.45/game).

  • Georgia Tech is among the nation's top 10 in batting average (3rd), home runs (6th), slugging percentage (.539), scoring (2nd) and doubles (2nd) to lead the ACC. Maryland is among the top 15 teams in the country in doubles, averaging 2.44 per game. Four ACC schools can be found among the nation's top doubles hitting teams, including Georgia Tech, Florida State (13), Maryland (14) and Miami (16).

  • Boyd's World and Warren Nolan.com RPI listings were also released, with the Terps debuting at 146th (0.499) on the Boyd's World list and 144th (0.4990) on Warren Nolan.com. Miami and Georgia Tech are top five teams in both rankings, leading a group of five ACC teams among the top 25 on both lists. North Carolina (16/16), NC State (22/20) and Clemson (23/23) round out that group.

    IF BOWEN TOOK A MULLIGAN

  • Chris Bowen is currently second among regular Terp pitchers with a 3.07 ERA and is 2-2 with a save in 2005. Opposing hitters have just a .209 average against Bowen and have just six extra-base hits in 29.1 innings.

  • Bowen's only tough outing of the season came at then-No. 1 Georgia Tech, when the Yellow Jackets used eight hits to score eight earned runs in just one inning. Excluding that relief appearance, Bowen has given up just two earned runs in 28.1 innings (0.64 ERA) and has a .177 batting average against.

    FRESHMAN HIT STREAKS

  • Three Terrapin freshmen enter this week with current hit streaks, including Joe Palumbo who hit for the fourth consecutive game in the series finale at Duke (4/17). Palumbo started all three games against Duke at third base and responded by going 4-for-9 with three runs, a double and a walk. Palumbo tied a career-high with the four-game streak, with the last such streak coming in his first four career starts (2/26 - 3/6).

  • Chad Durakis also had four hits in the Duke series, going 4-for-12 to extend his current hit streak to five games. He also chipped in with two RBI, a run and a sacrifice fly in the three games. Earlier this season, Durakis had a 14-game hit streak, over which he raised his batting average to a season-high .321. Durakis is currently hitting .288 to lead all Terrapin freshmen.

  • Nick Jowers is hitting .255 for the season, but has missed seven straight games with a left shin injury. Sliding into third base for a triple against UMBC (4/6), Jowers took a spike to his shin, opening a gash that required nine stitches to close. Jowers had hits in five of six games before the injury, including his first career triple against the Retrievers. He had four RBI and three runs over those six games.

    CURRENT STATS AND TRENDS

    Pitching
    Chris Bowen hasn't allowed an earned run in 11.0 innings at home this season and has given up just four hits in 33 at-bats at Shipley Field (.121 average) ... Bowen made his first start of the season at Duke and got a win by allowing just four hits and no earned runs in 6.0 innings ... Brett Cecil went a career-high 5.0 innings in relief of Sean Kane on Sunday at Duke ... Cecil allowed just two hits and no runs and struck out five Blue Devil hitters ... Chris Clem has gone at least 6.0 innings in seven of his last eight starts ... Justin Hulse tied a career-high with 4.0 innings pitched in the series finale against No. 7 North Carolina ... in his last 17.0 innings, Hulse has walked just two batters ... junior Michael Meagher seems to have emerged as the team's closer, having recorded two saves and a third in the team's exhibition win over the Bowie Baysox ... Ryan Moorer put together the best outing of his career against Bowie ... although the numbers didn't count towards his season stats, he picked up a win by allowing four hits and no earned runs over 5.0 strong innings ... Ben Pfinsgraff is on a run of four straight quality starts (6.0+ innings, three or fewer earned runs) and leads the team with six on the season ... six of his nine starts have been decided by two runs or less, and he has walked more than one batter in just one of his starts ... Mike Sufczynski has gotten two straight no-decisions, but has won all three of his decisions this season ... Brad Taylor has a 16:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio ... Brett Tidball threw the Saturday portion of a suspended game at Georgia Tech (4/1-4/2) and didn't allow a hit in 4.0 scoreless innings ... he struck out three and retired the last 12 batters he faced.

    Offense
    Chad Durakis leads the team has been hit by six pitches in his last 13 games ... Durakis leads the team with a 56.9% success rate advancing runners ... Will Frazier became the school's career leader in total bases over the weekend and now has 364 in his career ... the weekend before, Frazier set a new school record in extra-base hits (now has 85) ... Nick Jowers has missed the last seven games after getting stitches in his shin, but had hits in five of six games before the injury ... Matt Maropis has five stolen bases in his last 11 games and is now tied for the team lead with eight on the season ... Truan Mehl has 14 RBI in his last 18 games and has hits in 30 of the team's 38 games this season ... Dan Melvin leads the team with seven sacrifice bunts ... freshman Joe Palumbo is tied for second on the team with 14 walks ... Palumbo has played four different positions this season: second base, third base, shortstop and right field ... Bobby Ryan had the team's first walk-off base hit of the season against Mount St. Mary's last week ... Elliot Singletary is currently fourth in the ACC and 29th nationally in doubles, averaging 0.42 per game ... with all that time spent in scoring position, Singletary has come around to score 22 times, the third-most on the team ... Jordan Wilson has driven in runs in 13 games this season, with Maryland going 9-4 in those games ... Wilson hit three doubles in the Duke series and drove in a team-high four runs.

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