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Terps and Tigers Clash This Weekend

Maryland Athletics
3-14-2017
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PRINCETON (2-6)
Princeton at Maryland
MARYLAND (9-6)
March 17-19, 2017 || Bob "Turtle" Smith Stadium || 2 p.m.,/2 p.m./1 p.m

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland baseball team welcomes Princeton for a three-game set this weekend at Bob "Turtle Smith Stadium. 

For Friday's game, fans should utilize the pay lots at the Regents Drive Garage and Union Lane Garage for parking as all other lots require a University permit until after 4 p.m. Coverage of game one can be seen on BTN Plus ($) via BTN2Go and all three games can be heard on the Maryland baseball network.

LEADING IT OFF

•  The Terps dropped a 9-2 decision to No. 11 North Carolina Tuesday afternoon, snapping an eight game winning streak. Maryland is currently a spotless 5-0 at home this season.

• Maryland last tangled with Princeton in 2015, a three-game sweep in College Park. The Terps outscored the Tigers by a combined margin of 33-6. 

• Aided by a Big Ten leading 86 walks, Maryland's on-base percentage is .400 through the first 15 games. The Terps have also been active on the bases, with their total of 34 steals already surpassing last year's mark of 28. 

• Sophomore Marty Costes (.486) and senior Brandon Gum (.483) are second and third in the Big Ten in on-base percentage respectively.

• Maryland earned its first two Big Ten weekly plaudits of the season Monday when junior Zach Jancarski was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Week and freshman Tyler Blohm was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week. Jancarski batted .450 to spark Maryland's offense over a five-game week, while Blohm tossed six shutout innings and tied a career high with six Ks to give Maryland a win on Sunday over Bryant. 

• Junior starting pitcher Brian Shaffer is second in the Big Ten in strikeouts with 28 Ks. He has tied his career-high with eight punch outs in each of his last two outings.

• The 2017 season is head coach John Szefc’s fifth season in College Park. Szefc has led the Terps to four straight 30-win seasons and two NCAA Super Regional appearances, both program firsts. He became the fastest coach in Maryland history to win 150 games when the Terps topped Bryant in game one of a doubleheader on 3/12.

• The Terps topped the Big Ten preseason coaches poll while D1Baseball, Perfect Game and Baseball America named Maryland the Big Ten favorites for the 2017 season. It is the third straight year D1Baseball has tabbed the Terps its Big Ten preseason frontrunner. 


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