Six walks left an ugly mark on Ryan Ramsey’s pitching line Saturday afternoon, but the southpaw held the Golden Gophers to one run through five innings to propel the Terps to a series-clinching, 5-2 victory over Minnesota.
Ramsey was coming off arguably his best start of the season, throwing eight innings against Penn State but didn’t have the run support behind him to secure the win. This time, he had plenty of support as Maryland picked up five runs while he was on the mound.
The Terps offense slowed down after Ramsey’s departure, but a big fourth inning was all they needed to claim a lead they would never look back at.
Maryland benefited from some wild pitching by Minnesota starter J.P. Massey to get on the board in the third inning, but runs were hard to come by when it came to the Terps putting together consecutive hits. Of the five runs Maryland scored, three of them came from an error, wild pitch, and walks.
The biggest hit of the game came from Chris Alleyne after the bases were loaded with one out. Alleyne looped a single into left-center to bring home a pair of runs and give Maryland a 5-1 lead.
Andrew Johnson and Sean Heine would relieve Ramsey after his five innings, and the two combined for one inning. But Minnesota started to show some fight against the tandem, picking up a run on a Matt Shaw fielding error.
From then on, the momentum shifted towards the Gophers’ favor.
Freshman Nigel Belgrave replaced Heine in the seventh, and he gave up a big RBI triple to Brady Counsell, who then scored himself to cut Maryland’s lead to one. With Maryland’s offense not finding any luck in the late innings, the pressure fell on the bullpen to close the door as day turned to night.
After Belgrave allowed a pair of baserunners to reach with two outs, David Falco was handed the torch to produce a four-out save and made quick work of it. A 1-2-3 frame from the redshirt sophomore sent the Gophers packing, giving Maryland its second series win in Big Ten play as they look to bring out the brooms for a sweep tomorrow.