COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Ohio State erased a pair of two-run deficits, but Maryland pushed the winning run across in the bottom of the 10th and the Buckeyes would fall 5-4 on Saturday afternoon in College Park.
Conner Pohl hit a deep two-run home run in the top of the seventh to give the Buckeyes (13-11) life and tie the game at 2-2. After Maryland scored twice in the bottom of the eighth to take a 4-2 lead, the Buckeyes struck for two runs of its own in the ninth to again pull even. But Maryland capitalized on three walks and a hit batter in the 10th to bring in the winning run.
Freshman Kade Kern singled in each of his last three at-bats to lead the Buckeyes at the plate. Pohl also collected a pair of hits to go along with the two runs batted in. Marcus Ernst and Scottie Seymour each drove in a run in the ninth to help tie the game.
TJ Brock worked a perfect ninth but gave up the final run in the tenth to suffer his first loss of the season.
Seth Lonsway started for the Buckeyes and turned in a solid outing. He went six innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits with 11 strike outs and four walks. Griffan Smith struck out three in two innings but gave up two solo home runs in the eighth.
Neither team recorded a hit through the first four innings. The Buckeyes got their first hit from Marcus Ernst in the top of the fifth and then Maryland got their first on a single to left by Riley Langerman in the bottom of the inning. Langerman then caught stealing for the second Chris Alleyne followed with a walk and as he broke for second on an attempted steal, Lonsway throw to first goes down the right field line and Alleyne came all the way around to score the first run of the game.
The Terrapins cashed in again in the sixth as Maxwell Costes scored on a wild pitch with two outs. The 2-0 lead was short-lived as Kade Kern led off the Buckeye seventh with a single and then Pohl tied the game with a bomb to right-center.
Griffan Smith came on and worked a 1-2-3 seventh inning but then his first pitch of the eighth inning was hammered over the centerfield wall by Matthew Shaw to give the Terrapins a 3-2 lead. Luke Shliger added another solo shot the Maryland took a 4-2 lead into the ninth.
In the Buckeye ninth, Kern singled to right on the first pitch and then Pohl nearly tied the game with another deep drive to center. The ball hit off the wall and the Buckeyes had the first two on with nobody out. After a Brent Todys single loaded the bases, Seymour worked a walk to bring the Buckeyes within one at 4-3. Ernst then hit into a 4-6-3 double play but Pohl scampered home from third with the tying run.
In the 10th, OSU threatened with runners at the corners and two outs but Pohl’s sharp grounder up the middle was fielded and the force was made at second to end the inning. In the bottom of the 10th, the first batter was hit by a pitch and the second batter walked. After a sac bunt and an intentional walk, Shliger walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring in the winning run.
The Buckeyes will look to salvage the final game of the series on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Buckeye Jack Neely will face Maryland right-hander Jason Savacool.