COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland baseball team was slotted 23rd in Perfect Game’s 2017 preseason rankings, the organization announced Wednesday.
The Terps, who won 30 games and made an appearance in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals in 2016, return two weekend starting pitchers and seven members of its everyday lineup. Four of those players, junior RHP Taylor Bloom, junior RHP Brian Shaffer, sophomore second baseman Nick Dunn and sophomore outfielder Marty Costes, were named All-Big selections. Dunn and Costes were tabbed freshman All-Americans.
In addition, Perfect Game named junior shortstop Kevin Smith a preseason first-team All-American. Smith enters his third campaign in College Park after a spectacular summer that saw him named a Cape Cod All-League honoree along with the MVP of the CCBL Championship Series. He was one of 10 Terps named an all-league selection in their respective summer leagues.
Maryland head coach John Szefc has led Maryland to 30-plus wins in each of his four seasons, and guided the Terps to consecutive NCAA Super Regional appearances in 2014 and 2015.
Maryland opens its season at the Clearwater Tournament in Clearwater, Fla. The Terps will take on Ball State in its opener on Friday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at Spectrum Field.