Maryland baseball draws two seed, headed to Winston-Salem Regional

After following up a Big Ten regular-season title with a conference tournament title, Maryland baseball didn’t draw any favors after being named a two-seed in the Winston-Salem Regional where they will face Northeastern (44-14) on Friday.

Maryland lands in the same region as top-overall seed Wake Forest (47-10), who will play fourth-seeded George Mason (34-25). All games are scheduled to air on ESPN+.

Maryland defeated Northeastern just 20 days ago with Northeastern pulling out a 9-2 win in College Park. Maryland and Wake Forest have yet to face each other since 2014, while Maryland won both matchups against George Mason last season. This postseason run, however, will mark the first time that Maryland has faced both George Mason and Northeastern in the NCAA Tournament while Maryland defeated Wake Forest 10-5 during last year’s NCAA Tournament.

Maryland will look to maintain momentum after opening up the Big Ten tournament with a nailbiting 3-2 win over Michigan State. The two runs given up were the lowest Maryland had allowed since April 29th when they held Indiana to two runs at Bloomington. The Terps then had two consecutive games against Nebraska where the pitching held once again and allowed only three runs in two games. Against a team who scored 25 runs in the three games prior, Maryland closed out the conference tournament by holding Iowa to just five hits and no runs before clinching their first-ever conference title. For a team that had an ERA of 5.68 throughout the season, Maryland’s pitching staff turned up the heat after posting a 1.22 ERA as they look to carry momentum in the tournament.

Maryland now makes its third consecutive tournament appearance and sixth since 2014 and enters the NCAA Tournament with 17 wins over top-100 RPI opponents.

Sitting second in the country in home runs (123), Maryland became the first team since LSU in 1996-98 to hit more than 120 home runs in consecutive seasons and a big reason why is Nick Lorusso, who was named Big Ten Most Outstanding Player, along with Matt Shaw, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year.

Times have not yet been announced for Friday’s game.

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