COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio State softball team suffered its first Big Ten loss of the season in a 3-2 setback at Maryland Friday night. The Buckeyes drop to 18-10 (3-1 B1G) and the Terrapins improve to 17-15 (1-3 B1G).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Ohio State got on the board in the opening frame. It started with a leadoff single by Bri Betschel, who advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Lilli Piper singled back to the pitcher before Emily Clark’s sac fly brought Betschel in.
Maryland responded in the bottom of the inning on a sac bunt to tie the score at 1-1.
Betschel connected on another single in the third and was safe at second on a Terp miscue while Piper reached on a fielder’s choice. Facing two outs, Kallie Boren punched a single through the right side for a 2-1 lead.
The Buckeyes held Maryland off until the sixth when Anna Kufta’s RBI single locked the game at 2-all.
Ohio State threatened in the seventh after Andi Farrah’s double and an error but the Terps would score on a Buckeye miscue to win 3-2.
Right-handed pitcher Morgan Ray (8-5) was tagged with the loss after 6.1 innings in the circle. She gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits with four strikeouts.
Betschel paced the team with two hits and two runs scored. Boren went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The Buckeyes continue conference play against the Terps on Saturday at 2 p.m.