Maryland, UMBC both going to NCAA baseball tournament

May 29, 2017 | WNST Staff


COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland baseball team will make its third NCAA Tournament appearance in four years after earning the No. 3 seed in the Winston-Salem Regional Monday afternoon. The Terps will take on second seeded West Virginia on Friday, June 2 at 2 p.m., at David F. Couch Ballpark.

The Terrapins, who enter the tournament with a 37-21 mark, advance to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history. Maryland had three NCAA Tournament appearances in 120 years of baseball prior to 2014. Wake Forest is the top seed in the regional, while UMBC was given the four seed. Those two teams will play Friday night at 7 p.m.

“There’s a lot of work, a lot of time, there’s a lot of ups and downs that go into a day like this,” head coach John Szefc said. “I just want to thank the committee for giving us this opportunity and we will absolutely be ready.”

Maryland features the Big Ten Pitcher of the Year junior RHP Brian Shaffer and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year LHP Tyler Blohm. First-team All-Big Ten outfielder Marty Costes and third-team All-Big Ten third baseman AJ Lee lead Maryland’s offense, along with outfielder Zach Jancarski and first baseman Brandon Gum.

The Terps’ last NCAA Regional appearance came in 2015, when Maryland knocked off top overall seed UCLA to win the Los Angeles Regional.

Friday afternoon’s game will be shown live on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. Fans can also listen live on the Maryland Baseball Network.


Baltimore, Md.—UMBC baseball found out their fate on Monday afternoon, as the team will head to the Winston-Salem Regional for the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Retrievers won the program’s first America East Title with a 2-1 walk-off victory against Maine on Sunday.

The Retrievers will take on the host Wake Forest (39-18) on Friday, June 2 at David F. Couch Ballpark with the first pitch slated for 7 p.m. Maryland and West Virginia open the regional with a 2 p.m. contest. The format for the regional round is a four-team double elimination style, with the winner heading to a best of three Super Regional the following week.

Games will broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

“We know all three of these teams, we’ve played them, and there is nothing that is going to surprise this group,” said head coach Bob Mumma. “We aren’t going to go out there just being happy to be there. We are going to go out there and want to play our best baseball. As we’ve said since we started in the fall, ‘play the game the right way, give ourselves a chance to win a ballgame, let’s find a way to win and see what happens.'”

UMBC (23-23) won just their second ever conference title with the win against Maine on Sunday. Back in 2001, the Retrievers won the Northeast Conference title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Division I. The 1992 team received an at-large bid to the tournament.

Senior catcher Hunter Dolshun was named America East Tournament Most Outstanding Player, while Dolshun, junior pitcher Matt Chanin (Olney, Md./Sherwood), senior hurler Connor Staskey (Virginia Beach, Va./Temple) and senior outfielder Andrew Casali (New Canaan, Conn.) were named to the all-tournament team.