by Jimmy Perrino
The Maryland Terrapins (34-17) fell 13-12 to the Ohio State Buckeyes (34-14) in a slugfest Saturday, in which the teams combined for 32 hits. Maryland starter Robert Galligan (2-4), who had a second consecutive tough outing, only lasted three innings and allowed five runs. He ran into trouble early, allowing a two run double to Ronnie Dawson. A two run triple by Troy Montgomery in the second inning and a RBI single by Zach Ratcliff in the third was responsible for the rest of the damage against Galligan.
In the fifth inning the Terrapin bullpen imploded and it appeared the game was put away for good. Selmer, Drossner and Bloom combined to give up seven runs on four hits, three walks and an error. By the end of the inning it was 13-4. However Bloom followed that with two consecutive scoreless innings and let the Terps offense go to work.
From that point forward Maryland dominated. LaMonte Wade led the Maryland offense against Travis Lakins and the Buckeyes bullpen. He finished 4 for 6 with four RBIs and two runs scored. The Terps scored two runs in the sixth on a home run by Jamal Wade and three batters later, one by his older brother LaMonte. In the seventh the Terps scored three runs on three singles and a Tim Lewis double. Brandon Lowe was the star of the eighth inning, doubling in two runs and scoring himself with some smart base running later in the inning. That cut the lead all the way down to 13-12 heading into the ninth. However they were not able to muster the offense necessary to complete the comeback, although they did get the tying run to into scoring position and the go ahead run on base.
Maryland had a power stroke today. In addition to the Wade brother’s dingers, Jose Cuas added a solo homerun in the fifth. Lowe and Lewis also had multi-hit days, in addition to all three Terps who hit homeruns.
The rubber match of the series will be played tomorrow at 1:05. Maryland Freshman RHP Brian Shaffer (4-0, 4.97) will oppose Senior LHP Ryan Riga (5-3, 2.30) for the Buckeyes.