Four stolen bases and only four hits were enough to lead the Maryland Terrapins to a 5-4 win against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Another solid outing from a Maryland starting pitcher, this time from sophomore Nick Dean, also helped secure the victory. Senior center fielder Chris Alleyne was the catalyst for the Terps’ offense with two walks and three stolen bases. Freshman designated hitter Luke Shliger added two RBI and two walks on the day.
Dean had a phenomenal outing Saturday afternoon. He allowed just one hit through five innings and the only other baserunner Ohio State had up to that point was on a walk. Dean ended the day allowing just four hits through eight innings along with eight strikeouts.
The Terps had plenty of scoring opportunities early, but were unable to capitalize in two-out situations. With runners on second and third as a result of a walk and two wild pitches, Freshman second baseman Kevin Keister struck out to end the second inning.
Once again with two outs, the Senior center fielder Alleyne found himself on third base after stealing both second and third bases. This time it was Junior shortstop Benjamin Cowles caught swinging on strike three to bring the third inning to a close.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Alleyne walked and was looking to steal second. Ohio State starting pitcher Seth Lonsway attempted to pick Alleyne off at first base, but overthrew the first baseman. Alleyne then rounded all the bases and provided the Terps a key 1-0 lead.
Maryland added onto their lead in the sixth following a lead-off double from Junior first baseman Maxwell Costes. Shliger was able to move Costes over to third and a passed ball from the Buckeyes’ allowed Costes to trot home from third and give the Terps a 2-0 advantage.
A big answer from Ohio State came in the top of the seventh as Senior first baseman Conner Pohl hit his second home run in as many days. This one a two-run blast that knotted the game up at two runs.
However, Maryland bounced back as their bats began to show up in the eighth inning. Freshman left fielder Matt Shaw hit a no-doubter to lead off the eighth inning and give Maryland a 3-2 lead. With two outs, Shliger added to the Terps’ lead with a solo shot of his own and a 4-2 advantage. Yet, Maryland’s bullpen couldn’t close out the contest.
Sophomore reliever Sam Bello dug himself a hole to start the ninth, allowing three straight singles and a walk which yielded one Buckeyes run. A groundout followed resulting in a tie game at four and extra innings.
In the bottom of the tenth inning the Terps loaded the bases and Shliger found himself at the plate again with a change to be the walk-off hero. He did his job and walked, giving Maryland clinching a series win for the Terps at home.