Why do Maryland baseball players pose with a toy bow after wins?

The Maryland baseball team is loving life right now. The Terps (33-19, 15-14) are coming off their first ACC road sweep since 1999, which included a 21-1 win over Pittsburgh on Friday and an impromptu rain delay “rock concert” before Saturday’s win (above) that garnered national attention.

Maryland outfielder Tim Lewis celebrated the Terps’ eighth consecutive win on Sunday by pretending to shoot Saturday’s winning pitcher, Mike Shawaryn, with a toy crossbow. Wait, what?

The Terrapins’ Instagram account is filled with photos of different players posing with the bow, which has become a rallying point for the team.

“The bow came about during our series at Virginia Tech last month,” Maryland assistant director of media relations Matt Bertram explained via e-mail. “The idea behind is if you do all of the little things during a game — i.e., moving runners over, clutch hits, big outs, tough at-bats — then you will be a successful baseball team.”

Bertram said the motto “Crumb Hungry” hangs in the Maryland dugout “because you are always hungry and wanting more if you are only getting crumbs.” The bow signifies hunting crumbs and the Terps mimic shooting a bow from the dugout after big plays.

Director of baseball operations Matt Swope takes the photos after wins and posts them to Instagram. They’re pretty great.

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