Top-Seeded Maryland Baseball Begins Big Ten Tournament vs. Indiana

After weather postponed the original start of the Big Ten Tournament, top-seed Maryland baseball kicks off the Big Ten Tournament today as they look to build on their program-record 44 wins.

After defeating Purdue last Friday 18-7 to clinch the outright Big Ten championship, Maryland will take on eighth-seeded Indiana today around 6 PM just days after the Terps drew the most Big Ten awards of any conference team. Head coach Rob Vaughn was named Big Ten Coach of the Year after guiding Maryland to the first conference championship in 51 years and a program-record 24 home wins, along with guiding the Terps to wins in every conference series this season.

On the field, Chris Alleyne, also named a Golden Spikes semifinalist on Wednesday, was one of six Terps named to the All-Big Ten First team after becoming the school’s first Big Ten player to be named Player of the Year after leading the Big Ten in home runs (22) and RBIs (73) and sits second in slugging percentage (.713). In his first season as a starting pitcher, Ryan Ramsey was also named first team after becoming the first Terp to pitch a perfect game back on April 29 against Northwestern and leading the Big Ten in wins with a 10-0 record. Starting pitcher Jason Savacool, who leads the Big Ten with a 2.71 ERA in 14 starts, was also named to the first team alongside third baseman Nick Lorusso, second baseman Kevin Keister and infielder Matt Shaw on the First Team while catcher Luke Shliger drew All-Big Ten Second Team honors. Outfielder Troy Schreffler, DH Maxwell Costes and starting pitcher Nick Dean were also named to Third Team All-Big Ten.

Maryland enters Thursday 7-11 all-time against Indiana. Indiana starting pitcher Ty Bothwell will start against Maryland after posting a 4.01 ERA this season. Meanwhile, Maryland’s record-breaking season has set the stage for aspirations to become a regional host for the College Baseball World Series after increasing the capacity from 2,000 to 3,000, improving lighting and adding an auxiliary location for media, according to the Washington Post.

“Do we wish we had bright and shiny? Sure,” Vaughn said in an interview with Emily Giambalvo. “But we’ve won two regionals in this. This is who we are. This is us. It doesn’t matter if we’re in a $20 million stadium; this has to remain who we are.”

Today’s game will be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network and can also be heard on Maryland Baseball Network.