Maryland College Baseball Teams Begin Seasons


Jun 9, 2014; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Maryland Terrapins pitcher Tayler Stiles (25) pitches against the Maryland Terrapins at Davenport Field. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports

Walk to your window. Take a look outside. I will now guess exactly what you are thinking. The first thing coming out of your brain is …….”It’s college baseball season!!!”.

Okay, I am sure that is the last thing you are thinking about. But college baseball season is underway. So let’s take a little look at the local college landscape.

This part of the season can be pretty weird as 30 degree games and frequent weather delays are the norm.

Maryland Terrapins

The Terps are the favorites in their inaugural season in the Big Ten. After the first Super Regional appearance in the program’s history, returning infielder Brandon Lowe and sophomore pitcher Mike Shawaryn  look to lead the way. Three wins in the Caravelle Resort Tournament is a fine start to the season. The team will head to the South Alabama Tournament before heading home for a homestand starting on February 24.

 Navy Midshipmen The Midshipmen started off with a bang as Luke Gillingham was named the Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week after a strong game at North Carolina A&T. He one-hit North Carolina A&T and struck out 16 in Navy’s 8-1 win. They went 2-1 versus the Aggies.

Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers

The Mountaineers baseball team seems to be pretty smart. They have five games scheduled down in Florida between February 28 to March 4. North Dakota State, Omaha, Northeastern, Maine and Villanova are their opponents. The Mount welcomes Army to Straw Family Stadium for a two-game series to kick-off the home schedule on March 6 and 7.

UMBC Retrievers

UMBC starts their season in North Carolina for a three-game set from February 20 to 22. Coach Bob Mumma should expect his team to compete for the America East title after a 17-29 record last year. Their first scheduled home game is Saturday, February 28 against Lafayette.

Towson Tigers

Towson already began their season, playing 3 games at historic Dedeaux Field in Los Angeles, CA, against the USC Trojans. It was not a highly successful trip, as they lost all three against the home squad. USC is a highly successful baseball program, so the losses are not too bad, but after a 22-25 previous season, they will need every victory they can get. The Tigers return home for a planned game on February 25 against UMBC before heading south to play games against Wake Forest and Marshall in Winston-Salem, NC.

Coppin State Eagles

The Eagles will start their season down in Florida, as they play their first two games against Jacksonville University. Last year’s squad finished 12-34 in the upcoming MEAC baseball conference. The team plays home games at a real unique facility, Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover, MD, right near Arundel Mills Mall.

UMES Hawks

The Hawks have a new head coach in John O’Neil. They also already started the season down in Tuscaloosa, losing three straight to the University of Alabama. The Crimson Tide erupted for 36 runs over their homestand against zero for the visiting Hawks. They are back in state for a planned game in Annapolis against Navy on Wednesday, February 18. Expect that game to be very cold, if it ends up being played. Games out of state are planned until they get back home to Princess Anne in March.