COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Ohio State and Maryland squared off in game three of their series on Sunday after two hotly contested battles that swung in favor of the Terrapins earlier in the weekend. The series finale looked like another exciting game in the opening innings, but Maryland took the reins after scoring at least two runs in five of six middle innings and won 16-1.
The Buckeyes loaded the bases in the first inning after a Marcus Ernst leadoff single, Trey Lipsey being hit by a pitch, and a Blayne Robinson walk. However, they would strand all three runners, and Ohio State starter Jacob Gehring’s perfect first inning of work maintained the scoreless tie heading into the second.
After Ohio State was sat down in order, a two-RBI double for Maryland broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second. Gehring pitched a perfect third, but in the bottom of the fourth loaded the bases with a walk and two singles allowed. He was replaced by Griffan Smith, who was one strike away from escaping the jam undamaged before two two-out doubles and a walk brought in three runs to make it 5-0 Maryland.
Maryland followed that inning up with a two-RBI double in the fifth to extend the margin. In the sixth, Jake Johnson entered on the mound in relief of Smith with two runners on base, only to give up a home run on the first pitch of his outing to make it 10-0 Terrapins. Trent Jones pitched the seventh but did not record an out before allowing three singles and a walk and being replaced by Will Pfennig. Pfennig allowed a single, a sac fly, and a double earned by Jones before recording the last three outs.
The shutout was broken up in the eighth. After Marcus Ernst walked, Zach Dezenzo traded places with him on the bases after a fielder’s choice. Dezenzo moved up on a wild pitch, advanced on a ground out, and ultimately scored on another wild pitch.
The Terrapins added their last run in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 16-1, the score that held through the top of the ninth, where the Buckeyes were unable to plate a run. Nolan Clegg singled through the left side for his first hit of the season in the ninth.
With the loss, the Buckeyes fall to 11-21 on the season. Ohio State faces off against Marshall at 6:05 p.m. at home on Tuesday before travelling to Michigan for a three-game series that begins on Friday.