COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Ohio State baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday against Maryland at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium. The Terrapins won game one, 14-7, before the Buckeyes rallied to win, 10-9, in 11 innings in game two. With the split, Ohio State moves to 22-18 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten play, while the Terrapins are now 19-20 overall and 6-5 in league action.
QUOTE FROM COACH
“It was great to see our team bounce back today in game two,” head coach Greg Beals said. “We got four solid innings in relief out of TJ Brock and four big innings from Andrew Magno. You talk about resilience, they get that run off that infield single in the eighth to go ahead, but Magno just kept pitching and attacking their hitters. Eleven punch outs in four innings, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before from a relief pitcher. Today was a tough place to pitch with the wind blowing out in their ball park, but the relievers came in and gave us a chance to win that second game. We had a lot of guys do the little things right, like Seymour’s pinch-hit single and Malik Jones pinch running and scoring from first base. We pushed some of the right buttons today as a coaching staff tonight.”
Incredible outing in relief from Andrew Magno tonight 🔥
— Ohio State Baseball (@OhioStateBASE) April 21, 2019
GAME 1: OHIO STATE 7, MARYLAND 14
The Terrapins powered 14 runs on 20 hits in a slugfest to defeat the Buckeyes, 14-7, in game one of the doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Ohio State was up 6-3 after a five-run fourth, but Maryland struck back with three in the fourth, two in the fifth one in the sixth and five in the seventh. Each of the first three hitters in the Terrapin lineup recorded four-hit days. Freshman shortstop Zach Dezenzo homered twice in a 3-for-5 game with three RBI. Freshman third baseman Nick Erwin also had a three-hit game with two doubles. Senior left fielder Brady Cherry went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Maryland right-handed pitcher Hunter Parsons received the win despite allowing a season-high 11 hits. He worked six innings on seven runs with one walk to improve to 7-2. Ohio State freshman right-handed pitcher Garrett Burhenn received the loss to drop to 5-2. He allowed nine runs on 14 hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
MARYLAND WITH THE EARLY LEAD
Maryland got an early 2-0 lead on two wild pitches in the bottom of the first. Dezenzo got the Buckeyes within one when he launched his seventh homer of the year over the wall in right off Parsons in the top of the second.
FIVE SPOT IN THE THIRD
The Terrapins scored a run in the bottom of the second with a RBI double to regain a two-run advantage, however, Ohio State punched right back with a five-run, six-hit inning in the top of the third to claim its first lead of the day. The Buckeye bats strung four hits together to tie it at 3-all following a lead-off single by Nick Erwin, single by Dominic Canzone, RBI single by Kobie Foppe and RBI single by Brady Cherry. Dillon Dingler then gave the Scarlet and Gray a 5-3 lead with a two-run double. Dezenzo ripped a RBI single to score Dingler to make it 6-3.
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Maryland knotted the score back to even with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Randy Bednar knocked a two-run triple before Taylor Wright pushed a run home on a bunt single. Maryland regained the lead in the fifth with two runs off Burhenn. A RBI single and safety squeeze put the Terrapins up two.
ANOTHER Z BOMB
Dezenzo, from Alliance, Ohio, launched his second homer of the game in the top of the sixth to put the Buckeyes back within one run. The OSU shortstop connected on a 2-2 pitch vs. Parsons that sailed deep over the wall in left for his eighth homer of the season.
MARYLAND STRIKES AGAIN
The Terrapins ended Burhenn’s day on the mound when the first two reached safely on singles. With the bases loaded, a RBI single off right-handed reliever Will Pfennig hung the ninth run for the home squad. But the rookie reliever limited the damage as he struck out the next three batters to leave them loaded. Maryland scored five more runs in the seventh to take a seven-run lead. A three-run homer by Maxwell Costes highlighted the big inning for the Terrapins.
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GAME 1 NOTES
GAME 2: OHIO STATE 10, MARYLAND 9 (11)
Redshirt sophomore catcher Brent Todys had a monster performance at the dish in game two, going 4-for-6 with a pair of homers, including the go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th, and four RBI, while junior left-handed reliever Andrew Magno struck out a career-high 11 batters in four innings of relief to improve to 3-3 on the year. Canzone went 3-for-6 with a double, homer and two RBI. Cherry homered and doubled and Dezenzo had a pair of hits with a double and two RBI.
DINGERS IN THE FIRST
Canzone got the Buckeyes off to a great start in the opening at-bat vs. Maryland right-handed pitcher Zach Thompson with a lead-off, solo homer over the wall in right center. Cherry cracked an opposite field homer to right to make it 2-0.
MARYLAND JUMPS OUT TO FIVE-RUN LEAD
The Terrapins plated five runs all with two outs to grab a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the second. The top of the Maryland order continued to hit well off the Buckeye pitching staff as AJ Lee hit a RBI double, Taylor Wright knocked a two-run double and Michael Costes hit a two-ruwn homer. In the third, a RBI single and wild pitch made it a 7-2 deficit.
Z STAYS HOT AT THE PLATE
Dezenzo roped his fourth hit of the day in the fourth with a RBI double to plate Dingler. In the sixth, he sent a RBI single up the middle to make it an 8-4 deficit.
BUCKEYES RALLY TO TIE IT
In the top of the eighth, Todys got the Buckeyes back within striking distance when he sent a two-run shot over the wall in left vs. junior right-handed pitcher Elliot Zoellner to put the score at 8-6. After a walk to Dezenzo, Scottie Seymour came up with a big pinch-hit single to put runners on the corners. Erwin pushed home Dezenzo on the sac fly before Canzone knocked an opposite field double down the left field line to the game at 8-all as pinch runner Malik Jones cross the dish for the game-tying run.
MARYLAND TAKES THE LEAD
The Terrapins got back on top in the bottom of the eighth scoring one run on an infield RBI single by Wright. Maryland started the inning with back-to-back singles off left-handed reliever Andrew Magno. The OSU lefty was able to keep it tied and leave two on base with two punch outs looking.
TODYS TIES THE GAME
Todys came up big again in the ninth when he pushed pinch-runner Nolan Clegg home on a two-out RBI single through the left side vs. UMD right-handed reliever John Murphy to tie it at 9-all. Pohl started the rally with a bunt single and reached second on a throwing error.
EXTRA INNINGS TALK
Magno sent the game into extra innings with a scoreless bottom of the ninth. Ohio State got the first two runners aboard vs. Murray in the tenth, but the Terps reliever struck out the next three OSU batters to strand both runners. The Terrapins had the bases loaded again in the bottom of the 10th, but Magno fanned two more hitters to leave them loaded to push the game to the 11th. With two outs, Todys, from Westerville, Ohio, launched a solo homer vs. Murphy over the wall in left to put the Buckeyes on top, 11-10. Murphy falls to 0-1 on the year. Magno struck out the side in the bottom of the 11th to earn his third win of the season.
Freshman right-handed reliever TJ Brock was strong on the mound when the team needed him to be, limiting the Maryland bats to one run on two hits with three strikeouts and no walks in a season-high four innings of relief.
GAME 2 NOTES
Ohio State and Maryland conclude the series at 1 p.m. Sunday in College Park, Md. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Griffan Smith (3-2, 4.25 ERA) squares off vs. UMD freshman right-handed pitcher Trevor Labonte (1-3, 5.85 ERA). The game can be heard on AM 1460 ESPN.