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Handley's Diamond Cuts: #24 Maryland @ Nebraska

Huskers and Terps set up for a showdown
Posted at 7:53 PM, Apr 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-06 20:53:36-04

#24 Indiana (19-8, 5-1) @ Nebraska (17-10-1, 2-0-1)

Fri, April 7th 6:35pm  Radio: AM590 ESPN Omaha

Sat, April 8th 2:05pm Radio: AM590 ESPN Omaha

Sun, April 9th 12:05pm Radio: AM590 ESPN Omaha

 

THE TEAMS

Nebraska and Maryland are trending in the right direction leading into this weekend's series. The Terps started the season 1-5 but have come on in a big way going 18-3 since. The Huskers also struggled out of the gate going 3-6 but have also turned things around winning their last 14 of 19 games.Both teams are coming off conference series victories this past weekend with Maryland sweeping Rutgers and Nebraska going 2-0-1 at Indiana. The Huskers collected two mid-week victories, defeating Creighton 14-6 and Omaha 3-1, while the the Terrapins defeated Richmond 12-11. Maryland currently sits in 2nd place in the conference while Nebraska is right behind them in 3rd.

 

WEEKEND ROTATION

Friday: NU- RHP Jake Hohensee (3-2, 2.43 ERA) MD- RHP Brian Shaffer (4-1, 1.70 ERA)

Saturday: NU- RHP Derek Burkamper (2-2, 3.04 ERA) MD- RHP Taylor Bloom (3-2, 3.89 ERA)

Sunday: NU- LHP Jake Myers (4-1, 1.96) MD- LHP Tyler Blohm (5-2, 2.38 ERA)

 

THE COACHES

Maryland: John Szefc (5th season) 161-107

Nebraska: Darin Erstad (6th season) 193-129-1

 

NUMBERS TO KNOW

Nebraska enters the weekend series hitting .267 as a team which is an improvement from a week ago. Ben Miller and Jake Schleppenbach saw their averages climb past .200 after collecting several hits over the past week. Miller and Scott Schreiber each have 3 homeruns and have combined to drive in 35 runs. Angelo Altavilla still leads the team with a .344 batting average and 8 doubles while driving in 18 runs. Schreiber enters Friday's game with a 19-game on-base streak. Mojo Hagge had his 21-game on-base streak snapped last weekend which was the longest of the season.The Husker pitching staff also improved it's team ERA to 3.18 as Jake Myers continues to look solid on Sundays.

Maryland brings an impressive pitching rotation to Haymarket Park this weekend. The trio has a combined ERA of 2.66 and have collected 12 wins on the season. The bullpen has also been reliable with Andrew Miller (1.38 ERA), Ryan Selmer (1.56 ERA), and Ryan Hill (29 strikeouts). The Terps have been productive offensively averaging six runs a game with 26 homeruns and a team average of .266. Marty Costes  leads the way batting .358 with 6 HRs and 18 RBI.