COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio State softball team bounced back in stellar fashion with a 10-1 five-inning win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon at the Maryland Softball Stadium. The Buckeyes move to 19-10 on the year with a 4-1 mark in the Big Ten while the Terrapins fall to 17-16 overall and 1-4 in conference play.
IN THE CIRCLE
Right-handed hurler Lauren Rice secured her 10th win of the season after a solid performance in the circle. She struck out two Terps and allowed three hits and one run (unearned) over five innings for a 0.00 ERA.
Sami Main and Victoria Gaivan both spent time in the circle for Maryland. Main (3-6) took the loss after the duo combined 153 pitches and walked nine batters.
With two outs in the opening half, Emily Clark reached on an error by the shortstop before stealing second base. Main walked the next three Buckeyes for a bases-loaded RBI.
Ohio State built on its 1-0 lead in the top of the second behind five runs on three hits and an error. Leading off, Kaitlyn Coffman knocked a solo home run to left center. A pitch hit Claire Nicholson and Bri Betschel drew a walk, setting up Lilli Piper, who belted a three-run homer over the left field fence. Kallie Boren singled down the right field line before Andi Farrah reached on a dropped third strike, advancing Boren to third. A double steal resulted in Boren coming in and a 6-0 advantage.
Both teams tacked on a run in the third. The Buckeyes scored on a sac fly and the Terps responded on Bailey Boyd’s RBI single.
Three more runs slid across home plate for OSU in the fifth. Two walks and a passed ball put a pair on for Boren, who roped a two-RBI double to left center. She advanced to third on another passed ball and pinch-hitter Megan McMenemy drew a full-count walk. Next up, Farrah hit a RBI single to second base for the final score.
The Buckeyes and Terps will play a rubber match at 1 p.m. Sunday to close out the series.