COLLEGE PARK, Maryland – Coming off of a heartbreaking loss on Friday that ended in a walk-off home run, Ohio State trotted out their ace for their Saturday afternoon matchup with Maryland hoping to tie the series. Isaiah Coupet took a no-hitter into the fifth inning allowed only two earned, but two big innings aided by a pair of squeeze bunts and solo home runs gave Maryland the edge in a 6-5 win.
The Buckeyes took the lead in their first at-bat. Marcus Ernst and Zach Dezenzo led off the game with consecutive singles, and Trey Lipsey’s sacrifice bunt moved them both into scoring position. Kade Kern’s RBI groundout gave Ohio State a 1-0 edge.
Isaiah Coupet was dominant in his first four innings on the mound. Coupet allowed just one baserunner in each of the first two innings, striking out two Terrapins in both the first and second inning. The sophomore lefthander was perfect in the third and the fourth, adding another strikeout to his total.
Ohio State gave Coupet a scoring cushion with a solid fourth inning offensively. Brent Todys led off the frame with a single, and after moving to second on a groundout, Archer Brookman’s infield single quickly turned into another run for the Buckeyes after an errant throw allowed Todys to come all the way around from second base. Brookman was able to scamper to second on the play, and Josh McAlister’s single in the next at-bat produced his first RBI as a Buckeye to give Ohio State a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
A big fifth inning ultimately resulted in Maryland’s first lead of the game. A leadoff double followed by a home run by Bobby Zmarzlak brought the Terrapins within a run. A walk and an infield single put runners on the corners with just one out, which led to Maryland attempting a safety squeeze bunt. An error on the throw to first by Archer Brookman brought the tying run home, and another squeeze bunt in the next at-bat gave Maryland a 4-3 lead after five innings.
Wyatt Loncar replaced Coupet on the mound and pitched three innings, striking out four and allowing two earned runs, and ended up taking the loss.
Senior captain Zach Dezenzo came through in a huge way for the Buckeyes in the seventh. After a leadoff walk by Josh McAlister, Dezenzo’s one-out line drive home run over the left-center field wall got out in a hurry and quickly gave the Buckeyes a 5-4 lead. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Loncar allowed two solo home runs in the bottom half of the inning to give Maryland a 6-5 advantage, the score that would hold through the eighth and ninth. Zach Dezenzo’s infield single in the ninth was the only baserunner that reached for Ohio State in the final two frames.
Zach Dezenzo led the way for the Buckeyes with three hits and two RBI. Coupet struck out five Maryland hitters in his five innings of work on the mound.
The Buckeyes and Terrapins square off for game three of the series on Sunday, with first pitch slated for 1:02 p.m. Maryland will start Jason Savacool on the mound, while Ohio State’s starter has yet to be announced.