The slate features a road series with SEC power LSU along with a midweek trip to North Carolina. Maryland’s road Big Ten dates include a series with 2016 NCAA Regional team Nebraska along with the Terps’ first trips to Indiana, Illinois and Rutgers.
“We are very happy about the schedule we’ve pieced together for the 2017 season,” Szefc said. “The combination of teams we will play this year will provide us with quality experience and is designed to put us in high pressure situations that will prepare us for postseason play.”
Maryland’s schedule opens at the Clearwater Tournament at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla. The Terps will face Ball State in their season opener on Friday, Feb. 17 before clashing with 2016 NCAA Super Regional participant Louisville Saturday. The tournament concludes with a matchup with 2016 SWAC Conference champions Alabama State.
The following weekend, the Terps will travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU for a three-game series (Feb. 24-26). It will mark the fourth time in five seasons that Maryland will play a SEC opponent in a road series.
Maryland’s home opener is Wednesday, March 1 against James Madison. The Terps will then head to Cary, N.C., for the USA Baseball-Irish Classic where they will take on NC State, Notre Dame and UMass-Lowell.
On Tuesday, March 7, the Terps will open up a five-game home stand against William & Mary followed by a contest with St. Joseph’s (March 8). A three-game home set at Bob “Turtle” Smith stadium against NCAA Regional participant Bryant (March 10-12) will finish off the week.
Maryland will roll into Chapel Hill for a midweek matchup with North Carolina on Tuesday, March 14. A home series with Princeton (March 24-26) follows before a midweek trip to UNC Wilmington for a two-game set (March 21-22).
The Terps open Big Ten play when Michigan comes to College Park (March 24-26). A midweek game at St. Joseph’s (March 29) proceeds Maryland’s first Big Ten road trip as the Terps travel to Rutgers for a three-game series (March 31-April 2).
Maryland welcomes Richmond for a midweek contest on April 4 before making its first trip to Nebraska for a three-game set (April 7-9). The Terps will then host West Virginia (April 11) and take the short trip to George Mason (April 12) for midweek matchups.
Penn State rolls into College Park for a three-game series (April 14-16) before taking on William & Mary (April 19). Maryland then hosts Michigan State for three games (April 21-23), followed by a midweek contest at James Madison (April 25).
Maryland will make its first-ever trip to Indiana to take on the Hoosiers (April 28-30) before facing Towson in the annual Ripken Cup contest in Aberdeen. The Terps head to Champaign to clash with Illinois (May 5-7) in their final Big Ten road series of the year.
The final home stand begins on May 9 as the Terps take on UMBC before hosting Northwestern (May 12-14) in the final Big Ten series of the season. Maryland closes the regular season with a non-conference trip to High Point (May 18-20).
The Big Ten Tournament is set for May 24-28 at a site to be determined.