I have never been a big College Baseball fan, yet that doesn’t keep me from watching the College World Series each season and wishing how our Terps might one day represent us there. Call me biased, but I have always believed we live in a state with fertile baseball soil, after all we produced such talents as; Cal Ripken, Harold Baines, Jimmie Foxx, Al Kaline, Mark Teixeira, and that guy named after the candy bar, Babe Ruth I think?
The point is, turning Maryland into a baseball power isn’t like asking Southern Methodist to become a hockey Mecca. Granted the states south of us in the ACC have a better climate for early season baseball, which college basically is, but UVA has had success, and Charlottesville is about as south as Salisbury is, so why not us?
Fast-forward to the hiring of Erik Bakich (who I like to think we traded James Franklin and a QB to be named later to Vanderbilt for) and maybe….just maybe this dream is starting to become a reality. Why just this past weekend, Maryland Baseball went undefeated in the Keith LeClair Classic, beating East Carolina #20, and Purdue #26. The Terps also upended the #19 UCLA Bruins taking two of three from them during the opening weekend of the season.
As a result, and hold on to your seat here, the Terps are now ranked 20th and 27th in two National Polls. They are also off to a 5-1 start, their best since 1987.
The keys to their success, well how about a pitching staff with an ERA of 1.24? That’ll do!
So maybe it is time to shake out of our basketball melancholy dream and climb aboard the College Baseball Bandwagon. As it looks now, seats are filling up fast, so don’t get left out.