COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ohio State got home runs from Conner Pohl, Brent Todys and Mitchell Okuley but a seven-run sixth inning for Maryland was too much to overcome as the Terrapins took game one of the weekend series.
The Buckeyes are now 13-10 on the season and have dropped three-straight.
Todys was 2-for-4 on the night with a double, homer and scored two runs. Okuley’s home run was a three-run homer and he now has 14 runs batted in on the season. Zach Dezenzo doubled in the sixth and has now reached base in 10 consecutive games, tying his career-high from 2019.
The Buckeyes got on the board in the second inning on Pohl’s no-doubter to right field. It was his sixth of the season. Maryland then tied the game on a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the second and took a 2-1 lead on an unearned run in the third.
Todys hit a one-out double to right-center in the fifth and later moved to third on a wild pitch. Nick Erwin then brought him home with a safety squeeze and the game was tied 2-2 after five innings.
The Terrapins broke the game open in the sixth. Maryland scored seven times after two men were out. The Terps had just three hits but took advantage of four walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a passed ball.
Each team scored once in the seventh. The Buckeyes got a homer from Todys and the Terrapins got a sacrifice fly. Okuley then capped the night by clubbing a three-run home run with two outs in the top of the ninth. That was his sixth of the year, tying Pohl for the team lead.
The teams will play game two of the three-game weekend series on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2 p.m. Left-hander Seth Lonsway toes the rubber for the Buckeyes and he will be countered by sophomore right-hander Nick Dean.