A Sean Burke gem paired with sloppy OSU pitching eases Maryland to a series-opener victory

On just five hits Friday night, the Maryland Terrapins defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 10-6 and got one game closer to .500 by improving their record to 11-12. A stellar outing from Sophomore Sean Burke and a huge sixth inning from the Maryland offense put the Terps in a great position to secure the win.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a no-doubter to right field from Senior Conner Pohl. However, Terps starting pitcher Sean Burke shook it off and struck out five of the next six batters he faced. Burke ended the night with nine strikeouts on six innings pitched.

The Terps were able to find offense without many hits. Through five innings, Maryland mustered two runs as a result of two batters being hit and three walks. Sophomore outfielder Tucker Flint picked up an RBI double as the lone hit up to that point.

As the Terps’ bats were still frozen, Burke was cooling off as well. Two wild pitches and a passed ball led to another run for Ohio State and a tie game at two. Even though Burke was shaky down the stretch of his performance, he was able to battle through the fifth and sixth innings while only yielding one run.

With the game knotted at two, Maryland went to work in the bottom of the sixth. After taking a 4-2 lead off of yet another wild pitch and a hit batter, the Terps loaded the bases for Senior Chris Alleyne. Alleyne drove a ball down the third base line for a bases-clearing double to blow the game open. A 7-2 lead swelled to an insurmountable 9-2 lead by the end of the sixth inning. Maryland tacked on another insurance run in the seventh.

Due to the one-sided score, Maryland was able to relieve Burke and handed the game over to the bullpen. A combination of efforts from Sean Heine, Tyler Blohm and Elliot Zoellner from the bullpen sealed the deal for the Terps over the final three innings.

While the result of the game was positive for the home team, Senior outfielder Randy Bednar was injured late, rolling his ankle on the first base bag in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bednar was helped off the field and didn’t return to the game.