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Baseball looks to continue winning streak against Maryland

April 27, 2018
<p>&nbsp;Assistant head coach Graham Sikes (45) &nbsp;high fives his team after the game against the Rutgers on April 1, 2018 at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Scarlet Knights fell to Spartans, 6-0.&nbsp;</p>

 Assistant head coach Graham Sikes (45)  high fives his team after the game against the Rutgers on April 1, 2018 at McLane Baseball Stadium. The Scarlet Knights fell to Spartans, 6-0. 

Photo by Charles Benoit | The State News

MSU baseball will look to extend its five-game winning streak Friday as it begins a three-game weekend series against Maryland with first pitch set at 3:05 p.m. at McLane Baseball Stadium.

"Again, they're all big you know," head coach Jake Boss Jr. said after the win over Toledo. "This series is the same. Obviously, you know you want to play well at home, and we do have some momentum going. Six Big Ten games in a row I guess it is. It's important for us to play well against Maryland."

The Spartans took their fifth-straight victory over Toledo this past Wednesday after finding themselves down once again, but shortly regained their confidence to seal the 5-4 win. 

Senior designated hitter Chad Roskelly led the way for the Spartans with two hits, one run and one RBI. Roskelly extended his hitting streak to 14, while also extending his reaching on base streak to 18.

MSU now sits at an overall record of 15-21 on the season and 6-5 in the Big Ten. The Spartans have won their past six straight conference games.

In the past three weeks, the Spartans have gone from being at the bottom of the Big Ten standings to the middle of the pack, right behind Purdue and Indiana, who are one game ahead of them.

"They got us out there at their place, and I know our guys remember that and that still doesn't sit well with us," Boss said. "So maybe want to come out and kind of prove that we're a little bit better out there a year ago."

Maryland currently sits at 17-23 overall on the season and 3-8 in the Big Ten. The Terrapins are only 1-7 in their past eight games.

The Terrapins have a combined batting average of .234, with 309 hits, and 33 home runs on the season. They are led by their junior infielder Nick Dunn, who is fifth in the Big Ten in hits with 53, eight home runs and a batting average of .342. 

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