COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State gave Maryland everything it could handle in a 13-5 six-inning victory in the series opener at Buckeye Field on Friday night. The Buckeyes tallied a season-high 13 runs, 13 RBI and 14 hits to improve to 30-11 overall and 11-6 in the Big Ten. The Terrapins clock in at 18-31 on the season with a 7-11 conference mark.
BYE, BYE BUCKEYE FIELD
For the second time this season, Ohio State matched the single-game program record with five home runs. Five different Buckeyes knocked a ball out of the park, including four two-run shots thanks to Niki Carver, Shelby McCombs, Lilli Piper and Emily Clark. Ashley Goodwin belted a solo homer in the sixth.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
- The Buckeyes got on the board in the bottom of the opening frame. It began with a leadoff single by Bailee Sturgeon and Clark reached on a fielder’s choice then stole second. Goodwin drew a walk to stack the bags and Taylor Whitepunched a two-RBI single to right field.
- Ohio State added four runs on four hits and an error in the second. Becca Gavin reached on a fielding error by the pitcher and Carver capitalized on the miscue with a two-run homer over the middle. Piper singled to rig and advanced to second on a wild pitch, putting McCombs in the perfect spot to drill a two-shot home run.
- The Terps joined the scoring in the top of the third with three runs on a RBI double, single and throwing error to cut OSU’s lead in half, 6-3.
- Sturgeon started the fourth with a leadoff single to left center. Next up, Piper singled to right center to bring her in.
- It was a wild top of the fifth as a dropped third strike allowed a run to score before a RBI single wilted the lead down to two, 7-5.
- Carver opened the bottom of the sixth with a triple to right field. Piper snapped an eight-game drought when she smacked a two-shot home run over center field. McCombs keep things going with a single up the middle before Andi Farrah entered the game to run on her behalf. Farrah stole second before Clark nailed another two-run homer. Goodwin stepped in the box and went the distance over the left field wall for the fifth home run of the game.
- With only one out in the sixth, Maryland brought in a new pitcher but that did not deter the Buckeyes as White and pinch hitter Megan McMenemy drew walks. Both runners got into scoring position on a wild pitch. Facing two outs, Maddie Marotti came in as a pinch hitter and connected on her first hit of the season, a RBI single through the right side to end the game in six innings.
- RHP Morgan Ray gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits with six strikeouts in five innings of work to claim her 16th win. McCombs tossed one inning of relief to pick up her second save of 2018.
- Ohio State secured its seventh straight season with at least 30 wins. It is the sixth consecutive campaign under head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly.
- The Buckeyes are riding a four-game win streak.
- Emily Clark and Ashley Goodwin had back-to-back home runs in the sixth, the first time a duo has done so since Feb. 17, 2018.
- Lilli Piper has reached base in 16 consecutive games.
Ohio State and Maryland return to Buckeye Field for a 2 p.m. ET outing tomorrow.