Terp’s Offense Sparks Huge Series Win; Advances to Third Place in Big Ten

By Arielle Gurin

The Terps (35-17) defeated the Buckeyes (34-15) 14-10 Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series in Columbus, Ohio after being down 8-3 in the seventh inning. They scored double digit runs in all three games of the series.

Maryland Freshman RHP Brian Shaffer (4-0, 5.21) faced Senior LHP Ryan Riga (5-3, 2.86) for the Buckeyes. Neither of the pitchers received a decision in the game that was decided late. Kevin Mooney (2-0) picked up the W for the Terps and Seth Kinker (0-1) received the loss.

The Terps’ bats were hot throughout the weekend with a combined 6 home runs, 39 runs and 50 hits over the three games.

After a big four-run sixth inning for Ohio State, Maryland responded with seven runs, all on two outs, in the seventh. The big blow, a go ahead three run homer, was off the bat of third basemen Jose Cuas, who says that he was prepared for an off-speed pitch.

“The first two were sliders… and he hung [another] slider and I was able to drop the barrel on it,” said Cuas.

Maryland head coach John Szefc was excited about the hit production from his team.

“These guys work hard at it every day, Szefc said. “They put a lot of work in and every athlete wants to see success from their labor and these guys saw that this weekend.”

Cuas is also satisfied with the level of play his team brought to Ohio State this weekend.

“Everyone is swinging the bat extremely well,” said Cuas. “From top to bottom, one to nine everyone is contributing. Everyone is doing their job.”

Brandon Lowe, who was 3-5 with 4 RBIs in Sundays win, sees a similar attitude in the team between now, and last May when the team’s hit production also picked up.

“It’s a fun time to play,” said Lowe. “Everyone is playing their best baseball right now. Its fun to watch.”

The win allows Maryland to move up to third place in the Big Ten standings, opening the chance for a spot in the NCAA tournament.

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