The Maryland Terrapins will be heading down to Orlando, FL for a 3-game set with the University of Central Florida. The Terps are coming into the game with a 2-1 record after a loss to Winthrop and victories over Gardner-Webb and Creighton. The Golden Knights are entering the series with a 2-3 record on the young season. TCU took two out of three games last weekend. Friday and Saturday’s games will start at 4pm while Sunday’s will be start at 1pm.
Tony Thomas Jr. and Kevin Biringer were recently named ACC Player of the week and Pitcher of the Week. Tony Thomas Jr. led the Seminoles in a three game sweep over UNC-Asheville by going 8-11 on the weekend and having a slugging percentage of 1.00 and he also stole three bases. Kevin Biringer faced 15 batters on the weekend and struck out five in those five innings of work. Both UMD and FSU will be in action this weekend with the Terps heading to UCF and FSU will be hosting Hofstra.
The Maryland Terps will open the season this weekend at the Winthrop Challenge. They will take on Winthrop on Friday, followed on Saturday by a game against Gardner-Webb, and on Sunday they will face off against the Creighton Blue Jays.
The Daily O’Collegian checks in with an article about the Oklahoma State baseball program. They are ranked 22nd by Baseball America and return a ton of offensive talent including NC State transfer Matt Mangini who impressed The College Baseball Blog staff and scouts in the Cape Cod League this summer. Mangini has to work on his defensive skills to become a better player all around but is an excellent hitter. The full article is available here.
Maryland Media Relations has posted a new season preview about the Terps season. They believe that the team is going to be able to compete for the ACC Championship this year. I believe this is unlikely as they really don’t have too much talent in their pitching staff. The full season preview is available here.
The Daily Toreador also has written an article previewing the Red Raiders season. The article written by Wes Skipwith can be read here.
The University of Maryland has released their 2007 Baseball Schedule. The highlights on the schedule are a visits from Florida State, CWS Finalist North Carolina, and perennial power Clemson. They will also make their first trip to Coral Gables to take on the Miami Hurricanes. It is expected for Maryland to be in the lower tier of the ACC but things are starting to look up for Coach Rupp and the Terrapins. The schedule is available in HTML and PDF formats.
I was forwarded this article from Maryland Sports Information staff member Dan Reisig. He is always a big help with getting information on the Terps.
Maryland baseball head coach Terry Rupp announced today seven future Terrapins who joined the team by signing National Letters of Intent this fall. The seven players, four of whom have chosen to play collegiate ball in their home state, are valuable assets who will have the opportunity to contribute when they join the Terps for the 2007-08 school year.
The seven signees are: Kyle Blackwell ( Rockville , Md. /Sherwood HS), Reid Chenworth ( Baltimore , Md. /Calvert Hall HS), Brett Harman ( Baltimore , Md. / Westminster HS), Adam Kolarek ( Catonsville , Md /Catonsville HS), Curtis Lazar ( Stafford , Va. / Mountain View HS), Matthew Quinn (North Penn, Penn./Landsdale HS), and Bill Rice (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township HS),
“With our 2007 recruiting class, we have addressed a lot of our needs to help us down the road as we try to get better in this league,” Rupp said. “With the addition of these seven recruits, we have definitely helped our club immensely. We have addressed two key areas – left handed hitting and front-line pitching and added some size and some athleticism to our program. Overall, we are very excited to get these guys on campus.”
Blackwell is a slender 6-2, 165 pound right-hander whose live arm gives him tremendous upside as well. According to assistant coach Jim Farr: “We hope to develop his secondary pitches so that he can come into the mix as a freshman.”
Chenworth is a big 6-5, 210 pound athletic left-handed hitter who will see time in the outfield. A member of his high school volleyball team, he has good speed and power and projects to play left field, according to Farr.
Harman is a 6-5, 200 pound pitcher who can contribute in various ways. Said Farr: “He is an outstanding, in-state right-handed pitcher. He has exceptional movement to his fastball, and projects to be able to pitch up front in our rotation.”
Kolarek is a player who will contribute both from the mound and in the field. The 6-3, 190 pound left-hander will compete for playing time in the outfield as well as out of the bullpen. His fastball is in the upper 80s and the Terps coaching staff will be working on developing his secondary pitches as well.
Lazar is a big, 6-4, 190 pound left-handed first baseman/outfielder who, according to Farr, “is an athletic kid who can run. He can hit with power and is good around the bag.”
Quinn is a 6-5, 205 pound right-handed pitcher who, according to coach Farr, has a large upside. “Matt is just starting to come into his own,” he said. He throws in the 86-88 mph range with three pitches. He has the ability to pitch at either the front end or the back end of a game.”
Rice, a 6-0, 180 pound left-handed hitter will see time at all three positions in the outfield. Said Farr: “He’s a good enough runner to play center, and he has the arm strength to play right field. He projects to hit some doubles for us with occasional power.”
Among the seven recruits, four hail from the Free State , adding to the 18 Maryland natives on this season’s roster. Overall, the Terrapin coaching staff feels that it has assembled a group of recruits who will be valuable members of both the baseball team as well as the campus community.
“We have some quality kids, both athletically and academically,” Rupp said. “We feel that all seven players are men of great character.”
2007 Maryland Baseball Signees
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (High School)
Kyle Blackwell RHP 6-2 165 Rockville , Md./Sherwood HS
Reid Chenworth OF 6-5 210 Baltimore , Md. /Calvert Hall HS
Brett Harman RHP 6-5 200 Baltimore , Md./Westminster HS
Adam Kolarek LHP/OF 6-3 190 Catonsville , Md./Catonsville HS
Curtis Lazar 1B 6-4 190 Stafford, Va. / Mountain View HS
Matthew Quinn RHP 6-5 205 North Penn, Penn. /Landsdale HS
Bill Rice OF 6-0 180 Sewell, N.J./Washington Township HS
Maryland’s Junior left-hander Brett Cecil (#6 rated player in CCBL this summer by Perfect Game) was named to the preseason watch list for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, given to the nation’s top college baseball pitcher. Cecil is one of 62 players named to the list, including nine others from the Atlantic Coast Conference.The Dunkirk, Md. native made his mark on the Terps record books this past season, shattering the single season mark for saves with 13, a figure that nearly doubled the existing record of seven. That mark ranked third in the ACC and tied for 12th in the nation. In addition, Cecil recorded 54 strikeouts in 58.1 innings of work while compiling an ERA of 4.78. His 26 appearances tied for fourth in the all-time single season.
Overall, for his career, Cecil has compiled a 5-6 record and 4.35 ERA in 44 appearances. He has pitched 101.1 innings, with six career starts. During the 2006 campaign, he notched career highs in innings pitched (7.1) against North Carolina State and twice struck out six batters, most recently at North Carolina on March 19.
Thanks to Maryland Sports Information and Dan Reisig for forwarding me the press release.
The full list of players are available here.
Florida State at Wake Forest
Wake takes 2 out of 3.
Maryland at Boston College
BC takes 2 out of 3
Wright State at Miami
South Florida at GT
Gt takes 2 out of 3
Clemson at Duke
Weird Sunday through Tuesday series with Clemson sweeping the Blue Devils
Longwood vs NC State on Saturday and Sunday
NC State takes both games.