The Terps’ offense finally showed up in the last game of this weekend’s pod series in Columbus, defeating the Buckeyes Monday afternoon, 9-3. The bats came alive for Maryland, and thanks to a struggling Ohio State pitching staff, Maryland was able to come away with their only win of both of the weekend’s series.
The hitting game and the running game were on point for Maryland today, highlighted by a few key home runs and as well as smart base running. Tommy Gardiner sent one out of the park in the top of the third to get the Terps on the board after trailing by two, and Bobby Zmarzlak sent out a homer of his own to score two and tie the game in the fifth.
The Terps continued to rake in the fifth inning as Randy Bednar sent out a two-run single to give Maryland the lead for the first time all game. The sixth inning fared no better for Ohio State as their defense was riddled with errors, granting Maryland another two runs. Benjamin Cowles continued his dominant season at the plate with a two-run single that gave the Terps a six-run lead heading into the sixth.
Bednar contributed in all aspects of the offensive game today, not only bringing in runs but also stealing three bases, doubling his stolen base total prior to Monday’s game.
Anticipation built around the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Week Jason Savacool’s start today, but the freshman struggled to throw strikes early to the Buckeyes. What was produced were easy plays for his defense to handle, and he was pulled from the game in the bottom of the sixth to make way for Ryan Ramsey.
Ramsey had a solid showing against the Buckeyes, locking down their offense and not allowing a single run after his arrival. Maryland’s offense cooled off after the explosive sixth inning, but thanks to the pitching and fielding woes of Ohio State, the Terps were able to secure the win all the same.
The fateful sixth inning was plagued by numerous errors on the Buckeyes defensive end, including two throwing errors that allowed easy Maryland outs to occupy the bases. Other miscommunications throughout the game resulted in dropped pop fly’s, and the strokes of bad luck continued for the Buckeyes.
With this win, Maryland will be leaving Columbus with one win out of four from this weekend’s series. The Terps will return home this coming weekend where they will host Northwestern and Michigan in another pod series.