Maryland Baseball Team Faces UMBC, Richmond And Towson This Week.

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March 27, 2000

COLLEGE PARK, MD. - The University of Maryland baseball team (6-18, 0-6 ACC) resumes its schedule with three non-conference games this week. On Tuesday, the Terps travel to UMBC for a 3 p.m. contest. The following day, they head to Richmond for another 3 p.m. game. Maryland then returns home for a Thursday game against Towson at 2:30 p.m.

Scouting Maryland

Maryland (6-18, 0-6 ACC) enters the weekend having been swept by top-ranked Florida State this past weekend.

The Terps are led in hitting by senior designated hitter Craig Munroe (Thornhill, Ontario) who is batting .379 entering this week. He also leads Maryland with four home runs, 11 doubles and 17 RBI.

Junior first baseman Chuck Easter (Baltimore, Md.), who tied a career-high with five RBI against Florida A&M on March 21, is hitting .317 with seven doubles and 14 RBI.

Junior third baseman Steve Ourlser (Clinton, Md.) is batting .333, sophomore catcher Kevin McDonald (Rockaway, N.J.) is hitting .321, and senior second baseman Jason Mohap (Ashland, Pa.) is batting .312 with three home runs and 16 RBI.

Junior left fielder Brian Patenaude (Marietta, Ga.) leads the Terps with eight stolen bases and carries a career-high seven-game hitting streak into the week. Against Florida A&M on March 21, he scored a career-high five runs.

Senior left-handed pitcher Joe Hart (Walkersville, Md.) leads the Terps with 41 strikeouts in 37.0 innings of work.

Maryland vs. UMBC

Maryland and UMBC square off for the 31st time in series history this week and the Terps currently hold a 17-12 advantage. There has also been one tie. Last season, however, UMBC took a 12-3 decision at Shipley Field on April 28.

The Retrievers are currently 10-9-1, having won two out of three games at Hofstra this past weekend. First baseman Greg Deboy leads the team in hitting with a .403 batting average, three home runs and 16 RBI. Right-handed pitcher Tony Watkins is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA.

Maryland vs. Richmond

The Terps and Spiders have met 60 times prior to this season and Richmond holds a 37-22 lead in the all-time series. There has also been one tie. Last season, the Spiders took two out of three games from the Terps, winning 10-7 on April 13 and 12-5 on May 4 before the Terps took a 4-3 decision on May 5. Matt Swope (New Carrolton, Md.) homered for the Terps and Jared Vogt (Pasadena, Md.) got the save in the May 5 game.

Richmond heads into the week with a 13-12 record. This past weekend, they lost two out of three games to William & Mary. Freshman third baseman Matt Craig leads the team in hitting with a .378 batting average. Senior right-handed pitcher Mike Smith has a 6-2 record and a 3.55 ERA heading into the week.

Maryland vs. Towson

Maryland and Towson have met 40 times prior to this season and the Terps have a 22-16 advantage in the all-time series. There have also been a pair of ties. Last season, however, the Tigers took two out of three games from the Terps, winning 5-4 on April 27 and 13-10 on May 11. The Terps took a 6-3 decision on March 30. Craig Munroe knocked in a pair of runs in the win.

Towson enters the week with a 4-8-1 record, having split a two-game series against High Point this past weekend. Tim Pritchard leads the Tigers in hitting with a .324 batting average. Bryan Rogers leads the pitching staff with a 0.63 ERA.

Multiple-Hit Games

Senior designated hitter Craig Munroe leads the Terps with 13 multiple-hit games heading into the week. He has 10 two-hit games and three three-hit performances. So far this season, 14 Maryland players have turned in a multiple-hit game.

Third baseman Steve Oursler, who had a four-hit game against VCU on March 12, is second on the team with 10 multiple-hit games.

Name	        2	3	4	Total
Craig Munroe 10 3 0 13
Steve Oursler 8 1 1 10
Brian Patenaude 8 0 0 8
Jason Mohap 3 4 0 7
Chuck Easter 4 2 1 7
Kevin McDonald 3 2 0 5
Sean Lomas 3 1 0 4
Daryl Whitmer 3 0 0 3
Larry Long 2 0 0 2
Matt Swope 2 0 0 2
John McCurdy 0 1 0 1
Ken Beck 1 0 0 1
Ray Gemmill 1 0 0 1
Dave Wilfert 1 0 0 1

Career-High Day

In the Terps' doubleheader against Florida A&M on March 21, several players set career-highs.

Junior outfielder Brian Patenaude scored a career-high five times in the first game and junior first baseman Chuck Easter tied a career-high with five RBI.

In the nightcap, freshman infielder John McCurdy (Crofton, Md.) had a career-high three hits, sophomore catcher Ken Beck (Laurel, Md.) drove in a career-high two runs and freshman pitcher Jared Stuart (Corning, N.Y.) struck out a career-high four batters.

Leading Off

Since stepping into the leadoff spot in the batting order seven games ago, junior outfielder Brian Patenaude has been putting up impressive numbers. He has gone 10-for-27 (.370), scored six runs, stolen three bases and drawn three walks.

Patenaude has hit safely in all seven games.

Saving the Day

Junior right-handed pitcher Jared Vogt posted the Terps' fifth save of the season when he closed out Florida A&M in the second game of the March 21 doubleheader against the Rattlers. Maryland's five saves this season is three more than it posted all of last season.

Earlier in the season, Brad Lyons (Feb. 19 vs. Elon), Matt Basinger (March 2 vs. Howard), Mark Martin (March 4 vs. Marist) and Mike Dallmeyer (March 12 vs. VCU) each posted a save for the Terps.

Heading Home

Senior outfielder Larry Long (Columbia, Md.) scored once against Florida A&M on March 21, bring his current career total to 137 runs. That is the fourth-highest career total in school history. Heading into the week, Long needs two more runs to catch former Terp Chris Stark (1983-86) for the third-highest total in school history.

The school record for the most career runs is held by former Terp Chris Cannan (1991-94), who scored 158 times.

Rank	Name	        No.	Years
1. Chris Cannan 158 1991-94
2. Casey Trout 142 1996-99
3. Chris Stark 139 1983-86
4. Larry Long 137 1997-pres.
5. Steve Neuberger 133 1993-96
6. Ken Noe 126 1990-92
7. Chris Smoot 123 1988-92
8. Garry Maddox 115 1994-96
9. Scott Bronowicz 114 1995-98
10. Jeff Wagner 112 1992-95

Double Dipping

Senior designated hitter Craig Munroe hit a double against Florida A&M on March 21. That gives him 28 doubles during his two-year career at Maryland. Heading into the week, Munroe needs two more doubles to tie former Terp Jeff Bengston (1984-87) for 10th place all-time with 30 career doubles.

The school record for career doubles is 45, by former Terp Ken Noe (1990-92).

Rank	Name	         No.	Years
1. Ken Noe 45 1990-92
2. Chris Smoot 42 1989-92
3. Casey Trout 40 1996-99
4. Scott Bronowicz 36 1995-98
4. Scott Patterson 36 1985-88
6. Steve Neuberger 32 1993-96
7. Kevin Haverbusch 31 1995-97
7. Chris Cannan 31 1991-94
7. Paul Schager 31 1984-87
10. Jeff Bengston 30 1984-87
11. Craig Munroe 28 1999-pres.

A Real Steal

Just 24 games into the season, junior outfielder Brian Patenaude has stolen a career-high eight bases. He has yet to be caught stealing or picked off. His previous career-high of four stolen bases was set in 1998.

Junior second baseman Jason Mohap already has five stolen bases, which ties his career high total from a year ago. He too has yet to be caught stealing.