Terps destroy Buckeyes to complete series sweep

Jason Savacool trotted to the pitcher’s mound in hopes to complete the sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes on a brisk Easter afternoon in College Park.

The sophomore right-hander ran into early trouble in the first inning as he gave up a single, a hit by pitch, and a walk. He was able to get through it though with a ground ball that he quickly tossed over to Maxwell Costes.

Luke Shliger, Matt Shaw, and Nick Lorusso all flew out in the first inning. Chris Alleyne started the day off as Shaw slotted into the two-hole and returned to the field in his shortstop position.

After Troy Schreffler walked and Bobby Zmarzlak was hit in the arm, Ian Petrutz moved them over and Kevin Keister drove them in with a rocket off the outfield wall, giving the Terps a 2-0 lead in the second.

Head Coach Rob Vaughn put Alleyne into center field in the third inning, moving Schreffler into right field.

The Buckeyes put runners on the corners with no outs in Kade Kern and Blayne Robinson in the fourth, but Savacool eased through it with no runs crossing the plate.

In the home half, Costes, Schreffler and Zmarzlak all reached base, prompting a pitching change for Ohio State. Griffan Smith replaced Jacob Gehring after the freshman had trouble against the potent Maryland order.

Keister grounded into a fielder’s choice and avoided the double play with a hustle down to first base, scoring Schreffler. Alleyne, in the nine-hole, then doubled home Zmarzlak and Keister, making it 5-0.

Savacool cruised through the fifth in just six pitches.

Production in the middle of the order continued as Costes doubled and Schreffler walked and Zmarzlak brought them both home with a double.

Keister and Alleyne both reached base safely after two mishaps from the Buckeye defense and Shliger bunted them over. Shaw then crashed a three-run homer barely over the right field wall to make it 10-0.

Ian Petrutz joined in on the action in the seventh as he rolled a ball into right field to score Schreffler. With the bases loaded later in the inning, Alleyne brought home Zmarzlak and Petrutz with another roller into right.

The Terps added on in the seventh with a sacrifice fly from Shliger and an RBI single from Shaw, making it 15-0. 

Gavin Stellpflug came in to relieve Savacool after a masterful performance of seven innings, three hits, seven strikeouts, and no runs. Riley Langerman also replaced Shliger behind the plate.

Ohio State got on the board as Zach Dezenzo made his way around the bases on a couple wild pitches.

Ian Petrutz got his first home run as a Terrapin as the freshman dumped one over the wall in the eighth to add onto the lopsided score.

With a 15-run cushion, Matt Orlando came in to close it out. The junior right-hander was able to slam the door shut as Maryland took a 16-1 victory and completed the series sweep.