The Penn State baseball team will look for their first Big Ten series win this weekend as the Maryland Terrapins come to State College.
The Nittany Lions already picked up one win this week with a 3-2 win over the Lafayette Leopards on Wednesday night. It was their first win since April 9 when they took down Youngstown State.
Now they’ll turn their attention to the Terrapins as they look to improve their 18-18 overall record and 1-13 conference record. They’re lone Big Ten win came over Indiana back on April 5. Since then, they’ve lost eight straight conference games.
The Maryland Terrapins, on the other hand, enter this weekend with a 20-21 record overall with a 6-6 conference record. They’ve performed better on the road than at home this season, going 11-8 when away from College Park. The Terrapins have struggled as of late though, going just 4-6 in their last 10 games.
According to the RPI rankings, Maryland is still a top-100 team in the nation, a far cry from the Nittany Lions 164th ranking.
Just six weeks ago, the Nittany Lions were ranked 53rd in the RPI rankings. Prior to their win on Wednesday, they entered this week at the No. 174 spot. Quite the drop for Rob Cooper’s squad.
At this point of the season, the Nittany Lions chances to play into the postseason are all but gone. That means from here on out, the Nittany Lions should just look to make improvements heading into next season. The last few weeks, they’ve been able to compete against fellow Big Ten programs but keep coming up short. Perhaps, this weekend will be different for the Nittany Lions.
The Nittany Lions three-game series against Maryland will get started on Friday night with a 6 p.m. first pitch at Medlar Field.