SERIES WIN! NO. 17 TERPS TAKE RUBBER GAME AT RUTGERS IN 9-4 VICTORY

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PISCATAWAY, NJ — While No. 17 Maryland baseball held a lead over Rutgers for most of Monday afternoon’s rubber game, the Scarlet Knights continued to keep the score close. Until the Big Ten’s home runs leader extended his total in a big way.

Chris Alleyne smacked a three-run bomb to right field in the top of the ninth inning. The Dirty Terps finally broke the game open with Alleyne’s 17th big fly of the season, securing a 9-4 victory — and a crucial series win.

Maryland improves to 38-10 and 13-5 in the Big Ten, while Rutgers drops to 37-12 and 16-5 in the conference. While the Terps and Scarlet Knights have the same number of losses in the conference now, Maryland has six Big Ten games left and Rutgers has three. The two are ahead of Iowa and Illinois for the top two spots in the conference standings.

Nick Dean started on the mound for the Terrapins. The junior right-hander racked up nine strikeouts over six innings of work, surrendering a pair of runs on three hits. Sean Heine and David Falco Jr. held down the final three innings.

The Terps took the lead early on four solo home runs across the second, third and fourth innings, off the bats of Bobby ZmarzlakKevin KeisterMatt Shaw and Maxwell Costes. It was the second straight game in which Keister (2-for-2, two RBIs, two runs and a walk) went yard.

Breaking Down The Action

  • Maryland got its offense started with a solo blast by Zmarzlak in the second inning.
  • Rutgers answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot of its own off the bat of Chris Brito.
  • Keister homered in the third, giving the Terps a 2-1 lead.
  • Shaw and Costes both ripped solo homers in the fourth.
  • Alleyne hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to score Keister and give Maryland a 5-1 advantage.
  • Rutgers’ Josh Kuroda-Grauer hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fifth to trim its deficit to 5-2.
  • Keister scored Costes on an RBI single in the sixth.
  • The Scarlet Knights got a couple of runs back on a two-run single in the seventh, making it a 6-4 ballgame.
  • Alleyne crushed a three-run home homer in the ninth, breaking the game open to give the Terps a 9-4 lead.

Numbers to Know

  • 4: Maryland hitters clobbered four solo homers over the first four innings to take an early lead.
  • 7: Keister hit his seventh homer of the season. The sophomore has now homered in back-to-back games.
  • 14: Costes hit his 14th home run of the season. That is the fifth-most of anyone in the Big Ten, behind Alleyne’s Big Ten-leading 17 dingers. 
  • 61: Alleyne now has 61 RBIs this season. That’s second in the Big Ten. 

Up Next

  • Maryland is back in action this weekend for another late-season Big Ten series as the Michigan Wolverines come to College Park.
  • Friday’s contest starts at 6:30 p.m. It can be seen on Big Ten Plus and heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.

NO. 17 TERPS DOMINATE GEORGETOWN, 19-1

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COLLEGE PARK, MD — No. 17 Maryland baseball’s offense fired on all cylinders on Tuesday, seven pitchers limited Georgetown to just three hits, and the Terps rolled to a dominant 19-1 victory over their local rival.

Maryland tied the second-most runs scored it has scored in a game this season. It was the 16th time this year that the Terps scored 10 or more runs. And with its 36th win of the season, Maryland (36-9) tied its record for most regular season victories.

Kevin Keister continued his breakout season with a 4-for-5 day at the plate.

Breaking Down The Action

  • Maryland put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first inning. Luke Shliger came home on a Nick Lorusso sacrifice fly, and Troy Schreffler Jr. drove in Chris Alleyne with an RBI single.
  • Kevin Keister ripped a two-run single to left, which scored Schreffler and Maxwell Costes to give the Terps a 4-0 lead early.
  • Georgetown center-fielder Nolan Matsko worked a bases-loaded walk in the second inning to cut the deficit to 4-1.
  • Fourteen hitters came to bat in the fourth inning. Eight of them scored.
  • After Keister scored on an error, Alleyne, Lorusso and Matt Shaw recorded back-to-back-to-back RBI singles to open an 8-1 Maryland lead. Lorusso came home on a wild pitch, Keister hit an RBI single, Langerman worked a bases-loaded walk and Shliger got hit by a pitch to force in a run. The Terps held a 12-1 advantage after just four innings.
  • They added five more in the sixth, with a Lorusso RBI double and a Schreffler bases-loaded walk setting Costes up to clear the bases with a three-run double as Maryland took a 17-1 lead.
  • Maryland added a couple of solo blasts in the seventh, as James Heffley and Zach Martin went yard.

Numbers to Know

  • 1: Heffley and Martin hit their first career home runs in a Maryland uniform.
  • 1Matt Cunningham made his collegiate debut on the mound in the eighth inning, where he struck out the side. 
  • 3: It was Keister’s third four-hit game of the year, which ties his career high.
  • 3: It was also Keiser’s third game with three RBIs.
  • 16: Tuesday was the 16th time this season that the Terps scored 10 or more runs.

Midweek Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

With two midweek games remaining in the 2022 season, No. 18 Maryland will square off with a familiar foe in the Georgetown Hoyas Tuesday evening at The “Bob.” It’s the third time the Terps will play the Hoyas this season, having won their two previous meetings in early March, and they’ll be looking to take care of business again for what could be Maryland’s eighth-straight midweek victory.

The Terps enter Tuesday coming off yet another series win in Big Ten play, taking two of three from a middling Northwestern Wildcats squad. Despite the series win, which keeps the Terps undefeated in Big Ten series, Maryland still finds itself in second-place in the conference standings.

With the first-place Rutgers Scarlet Knights looming large this weekend, Tuesday’s date with Georgetown should serve as a tune-up before heading into the arguably the most important series of the season.

Georgetown Hoyas (26-18, 7-8 Big East)

Last Season:

The Hoyas were the gutter of the Big East last season, going 6-19 in the conference. Many of the heavy-hitters on today’s squad hadn’t reached that level in 2021, and the Georgetown pitching weighed the team down with a collective 5.83 ERA.

This Season:

The Hoyas at this point have gone eight games over .500 overall, but are struggling to stay above that mark when it comes to their 7-8 conference record. There are really just two main contenders in the Big East this season (Connecticut, Creighton), which has left the Hoyas in the middle of the pack. Their hitting is what has separated them from the bottom-tier Big East teams, but the pitching — especially the starting pitching — has kept them from making a serious push at the top-tier teams.

Hitters to Watch:

Jake Hyde has stood out the most for the Hoyas lineup this season, and he’ll certainly be the top priority for Maryland’s scouting after his three-hit performance in an earlier matchup this season. One of those hits was a home run against midweek starter Logan Ott, and Hyde leads his team with 17 of those. Right behind him in long balls is Ubaldo Lopez with 16. Together, Hyde’s 1.157 OPS and Lopez’s 1.062 OPS continue to pose a threat to Maryland pitching.

Pitchers to Watch:

Georgetown’s pitching strength comes directly out of the bullpen as four Hoyas relievers have posted ERA’s below 3.50. With probable starter Andrew Williams tending to go just an inning deep like he has in recent starts, it may be a relay race to the finish out of Georgetown’s bullpen. Most notably, Anthony Redferd owns a 2.50 ERA in 15 appearances and has notched two saves.

Probable Pitching Matchup

The Terps have won six-straight Logan Ott starts, and there doesn’t seem to be any reason for them to divert from him as the midweek guy to round out the season. Although his last start against the Hoyas wasn’t very strong (5 ER, 2 IP), the Terps offense rallied to claim a 10-9 victory.

Judging by that last Ott matchup against Georgetown, the Hoyas are likely to send freshman Andrew Williams to the mound again. Most of Williams’ last several starts haven’t gone beyond an inning, and his season ERA sits at 5.54. The freshman is capable of a quality outing, having pitched eight strikeouts in five innings against UMass (March 4) and seven strikeouts in seven innings against Mount St. Mary’s (March 18).

NO. 23 TERPS DROP 7-4 DECISION TO NORTHWESTERN 


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COLLEGE PARK, MD — After Jason Savacool threw seven scoreless innings, No. 23 Maryland allowed five runs in the eighth inning as Northwestern beat the Terps, 7-4. The Terps are now 34-9 and 10-4 in the Big Ten. On Maryland Day Saturday, a crowd of 2,576 came out to Bob ‘Turtle’ Smith Stadium, the largest in the last 30 years. This was just Maryland’s second loss at home this season, as the Terps are now 18-2 in College Park. 

Savacool continued his stellar pitching as he threw those seven innings, allowing just three hits. He struck out nine.  

Nick Lorusso drove in two runs as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs with a home run. Matt Shawalso hit a home run, coming back-to-back with Lorusso’s blast in the eighth.  Luke Shliger hit a solo homer to center field in the ninth. 

Northwestern moved to 20-18 and 7-7 in the Big Ten. 

Breaking Down The Action
• Maryland took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on Lorusso’s rip down the line to scored Alleyne. 
• The teams traded six scoreless innings through the seventh.
• Northwestern tied the game on a line sacrifice fly to left by Jay Beshears to score Tony Livemore.  Then the Wildcats scored four more runs to take a 5-1 lead in the top of the eighth. 
• Lorusso clubbed his ninth home run of the season — a blast off The Shell —  to cut the defcit to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth. The next batter, Shaw smashed a solo homer to nearly the same place in leftfield. 
• Anthony Calarco added a run with a homer to left in the top of the ninth to make it 6-3. Northwestern tacked on another score to make it 7-3. 
• Shliger hit the Terps’ third homer in two innings, leading of the bottom of the ninth to make it 7-4. 

Terps drop series finale in Sunday pitchers duel

A back and forth pitching battle between starters Jason Savacool and Aidan Maldonado ended in a stalemate into the late innings, but it would come down to a passed ball that allowed Minnesota to salvage Sunday’s game, 4-3.

Savacool entered Sunday coming off a 13-strikeout performance against Penn State looking to build on that stellar recent success. However, the Gophers lineup came ready to fight and kicked off their day with two runs in the first inning. In a rare game where the Terps fell behind early, it was crucial for Maryland to match Minnesota’s scoring.

Troy Schreffler was the first to fight back against the Gophers, doubling to right center field and scoring Matt Shaw, but that would be the only run Maryland could salvage until the seventh inning. The combination of Maldonado’s stellar outing (6 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 7 H, 1 BB) and the overall lack of hitting with runners on base, the Terps bats were rendered useless for most of the game.

While Savacool didn’t have the worst outing — recording a quality start along with seven strikeouts — a few mistakes left him and the Terps in a 3-1 hole until the game progressed into the seventh.

The top of the lineup would finally break through, as Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso were able to each bring in a run on back-to-back-singles to tie the game. With a combined nine men left on base for the offense, Maryland struggled to get guys in to score outside of the two vets’ RBI.

With the score still tied going into the bottom of the eighth, freshman Ryan Van Buren was tasked with getting through at least the next inning — and he nearly accomplished that. After recording the first two outs, Minnesota’s Brady Counsell shot a pitch down the right field line for a triple. Then, a passed ball by Luke Shliger allowed Counsell to sprint home and score the go-ahead run.

The Terps had the top of the lineup due up in the ninth as they hoped to spark a comeback, but veteran reliever Tom Skoro made quick work of the Shliger-Alleyne-Lorusso trio, striking out the side.

The Gophers avoid the sweep with Sunday’s win, but Maryland departs from the Twin Cities with its second series win in Big Ten play.

Ramsey keeps Terps afloat, Maryland clinches series win

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.

Shliger sets tone, Terps come out on top in Minneapolis slugfest

Luke Shliger stepped to the plate for the first time Friday afternoon, and he immediately set the tone on the very first pitch he saw. A deep home run to right center field sparked the Terps’ scoring as they beat Minnesota, 8-3, to take the series opener.

From the leadoff Shliger bomb on, the Terps were able to score early and often to cruise to a The win is Maryland’s sixth in its last seven games, and the Terps will now have the chance to clinch their second-straight Big Ten series win tomorrow afternoon.

When the Terps scored Friday afternoon, they would score in pairs. After the first two runs in the first, the Terps would hit three two-run home runs between the fourth and sixth innings. Those home runs came from Bobby Zmarzlak and Chris Alleyne in the fourth, and the third came from no other than reigning Big Ten Player of the Week Nick Lorusso.

With that home run, Lorusso now has six on the season and has extended his hitting streak to 16 and his on-base streak to 27.

Backed by an overall explosive offense throughout the evening, it was a smooth ride for starter Nick Dean, who didn’t have the most ideal start but made it through six innings to secure the “W.” Early struggles allowed the Golden Gophers to match Maryland’s early pair of runs, but Dean capped off his start with a couple of 1-2-3 innings.

Overall, Dean finished with six three-run innings (105 pitches), six strikeouts, two walks and six hits. Dean is far from his first two starts of 14 total shutout innings, but he’s recorded two-straight quality starts, showing promise that he’s getting be back on track.

After Dean exited, the Terps bullpen struggled to keep Minnesota at bay, surrendering four runs in the late innings. Transfer graduate student Nick Robinson was able to get Minnesota to its final out, but after giving up a pair of walks, hits and runs each, Sean Heine would be summoned to get the final out.

The game wouldn’t end without any stress, as back-to-back Heine walks loaded the bases and brought the tying-run to the plate. Heine thankfully was able to force a groundout to get out of the jam and secure the win.

Series Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

A successful series win against Penn State last weekend is exactly what the Terps needed to kick off conference play this season. Maryland continues its campaign Friday when the squad embarks on a journey to Minneapolis for a three-game set with Minnesota.

In between the two Big Ten series, Maryland picked up a midweek win against George Mason on Tuesday afternoon ahead of a nasty weather forecast, which canceled the other scheduled midweek game for Wednesday against Navy.

The win over George Mason was the second time the Terps beat them in a week, and showed that this offense has no intention of slowing down as the most important stretch of the season has arrived. After falling behind, 4-3, in the fifth frame, the offense rallied for five runs between the next three innings and wouldn’t look back.

With its fifth win in six games, Maryland has its head held high going into this series at Minnesota.

Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-18)

Last Season:

The Gophers’ 2021 season was the worst one in the history of their program, winning six games and finishing with a .162 winning percentage. Coming in dead last in just about every statistical category in the Big Ten, Minnesota was a long way from competing with the rest of the conference in a year where that was its only competition. The next-best team was the Purdue Boilermakers, and they had 10 more wins than Minnesota.

This Season:

As of now, the Gophers have made a big leap from last season — owning a .308 winning percentage. They are still 10 games under .500 and are bringing up the bottom of the Big Ten, coming off the receiving end of a sweep last weekend against Rutgers. The slight improvement in overall record is thanks to an offense that’s produced a smidge better than a couple other Big Ten squads, and a pitching staff that has jumped from a 8.06 ERA to a 6.66 ERA.

Hitters to Watch:

Minnesota’s lackluster offense this season has had a couple of bright spots. Those two being redshirt seniors Jack Kelly and Easton Bertrand. Both have had extraordinary seasons at the plate, with Kelly slashing .405/.475/.798 and Bertrand slashing .383/.444/.702. The Gophers’ home run leader, Chase Stanke, isn’t too far behind his teammates, but his eight home runs are one shy of last season’s team-high.

Pitchers to Watch:

One name stands out amongst the abysmal Minnesota pitching staff, and that name is Sam Ireland. The Gophers’ ace was recently ranked the No. 66 starting pitcher in the nation, according to D1Baseball. His 2.79 ERA in seven starts is by far the best on the staff, with 5.68 and 6.68 ERAs behind him. Minnesota also has one standout relief pitcher in Tom Skoro. Skoro has made 13 appearances out of the pen and has a team-best 2.25 ERA.

Probable Starting Pitcher Matchups

Friday, 5:00 p.m. ET

Jr. RHP Nick Dean (2-1, 3.48 ERA) vs. Jr. RHP Sam Ireland (3-1, 2.79 ERA) 

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Nick Dean was able to somewhat right the ship against Penn State after two of his most strenuous starts of the season, going six innings with two earned runs against the Nittany Lions. If Penn State’s average offense offered a great chance to get back to his early-season form, then facing Minnesota should be a blessing for Dean.

When Sam Ireland is on, he’s on. Thankfully for Maryland, he’s coming into Friday night’s game after three of his toughest starts of the season. In his first four starts, he recorded a 1.90 ERA. In his three starts since that stretch, he has a 4.20 ERA. Ireland’s most recent outing was against Big Ten competition in Rutgers, and he surrendered three runs in five innings.

Saturday, 3:00 p.m. ET

Jr. LHP Ryan Ramsey (6-0, 2.33 ERA) vs. R-Jr. RHP Aidan Maldonado (1-3, 5.68 ERA)

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Ryan Ramsey is coming off his longest start of the year — eight innings of work with eight strikeouts against Penn State. A pair of mistakes added three earned runs to his pitching line and wiped away the potential win, but Ramsey left the mound maintaining his incredible ERA despite seeing it rise a tick. In his last four starts, he owns a 1.33 ERA and is amidst the best stretch of his collegiate career.

Aidan Maldonado suffered the biggest blow to his season ERA in his start against Rutgers last Saturday. The Scarlet Knights walloped the righty for seven runs on eight hits and four walks, all within the first four innings. Maldonado had a similar start early in the season with six earned runs against Indiana State, but without those two major blemishes on his season, his ERA would sit at 2.66. The Terps will hope to make it three blemishes on the redshirt junior’s season.

Sunday, 2:00 p.m. ET

So. RHP Jason Savacool (5-2, 2.52 ERA) vs. Sr. RHP J.P. Massey (2-3, 6.68 ERA)

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Jason Savacool came one strikeout away from tying his career-high 14 against Penn State last Sunday. It might be unlikely that he comes close to that total against Minnesota — while the Gophers are at the bottom of nearly every offensive stat, they own the lowest number of strikeouts in the Big Ten. However, Savacool seems to certainly be back in his groove after his Penn State start, which came a week following a rough patch at Dallas Baptist.

J.P. Massey brings up the caboose in Gophers’ weekend rotation with his 6.68 ERA, and he has hardly been able to catch a break. Coming off last Sunday’s start with six earned runs against Rutgers, it’s going to be especially hard for him to catch a break against the Terps’ lineup.

Savacool cages Nittany Lions, leads Terps to first Big Ten series win

Sunday afternoon’s rubber match was the setting for a bounce back masterpiece from starter Jason Savacool. The sophomore started his day striking out the side in each of his first three innings, and ultimately punched out 13 Nittany Lions as the Terps cruised to the finish, taking the series finale, 7-2.

Savacool’s last few starts including Sunday’s have been a rollercoaster, as he had a career-best 14 strikeouts against Siena two weeks ago, and was shelled for four earned runs on eight hits against Dallas Baptist a week later.

On Sunday, he righted the ship with a dominant showing, bringing his season-ERA down to 2.52.

While Savacool took care of business on the mound, the Terps’ bats came to life after a shaky performance Saturday afternoon, scoring seven runs in the first four innings to give their starter and bullpen a very comfortable lead till the final out. Between the speedy work of Savacool and some efficient scoring, the game lasted two hours and 37 minutes.

Once again, Maryland struck early — and this time, often — kicking off the scoring in the first inning.

Thanks to an error from Penn State starter Tommy Molsky, Terps catcher Luke Shliger reached third base after getting on via hit-by-pitch. Nick Lorusso, who had himself yet another strong day at the plate, brought Shliger in to score on a sacrifice-fly.

Kevin Keister, who now has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games, added to the score an inning later, smoking an opposite-field home run with freshman Zach Martin on base to make it 3-1.

Penn State was able to salvage a run early to counter Maryland’s first score in the form of a Cole Bartels opposite-field home run, but the Nittany Lions would quickly fall far behind in the fourth inning as the Terps continued to pile on.

Starting with a RBI infield single, the inning came to a climax as Lorusso obliterated a pitch from Nittany Lions reliever Jordan Morales to make it a four-run fourth. Lorusso’s four RBI Sunday gives him 13 this week, including his six-RBI night against Towson.

With a 7-1 lead going into the eighth inning, the Maryland bullpen was somewhat of a revolving door as Head Coach Rob Vaughn deployed Andrew Johnson, Matt Orlando and Nigel Belgrave to get through the lone frame.

The flamethrower Belgrave was given the ball in the ninth and shut the door on Penn State, handing Maryland its first series win in conference play.

Terps bats fizzle out, Nittany Lions even series

Ryan Ramsey may have shined as bright as the sun Saturday afternoon with an eight-inning, three-run start, but a quiet Maryland offense couldn’t keep up with Penn State as the Terps dropped the potential series-clincher, 6-4.

The lone smudges on Ramsey’s pitching line came from a mistake pitch in the sixth that turned into a two-run blast from Penn State’s Johnny Piacentino, and a game-tying single from Matt Wood in the eighth inning. Outside of that, it was practically a clean slate as the only other damage was a few softly-hit singles and one double.

Unfortunately, Ramsey’s efforts weren’t enough as the Terps could only score early, but not often.

In his past four starts, which included a seven-inning, one-run outing against Dallas Baptist last weekend, Ramsey owns a 1.33 ERA and 35 strikeouts. This was his most efficient of those starts, as he had to throw more than 10 pitches in just four innings en route to 100 total pitches in eight innings.

Ramsey was backed by an offense that once again struck first, this time on the seventh pitch of the game. Following a Luke Shliger leadoff double, Chris Alleyne battled to send a RBI single to center field. The Terps have now scored first in 22 of their 27 games, but unlike the 16 of those that they’ve won, they couldn’t hang on Saturday.

A couple of innings later, Maryland would triple their score thanks to some free passes from Penn State starter Kellan Tulio, who hit the leadoff batter and filled up the bases with a pair of walks. The ever-hot Nick Lorusso would be first to take advantage the free passes — looping a single to center for one run — and Matt Shaw would make it a 3-0 lead via sacrifice fly. Lorusso has now reached base safely in 24-straight games and has four-straight games with a RBI.

The struggling Tulio would exit the game the same inning in favor of Steven Miller, and that change may have saved the Nittany Lions hopes. Miller threw 4 1/3 shutout frames, rendering the Terps offense useless for nearly the remainder of the game.

While the Terps offense would go quiet, Penn State rallied in the sixth inning on Piacentino’s no-doubter to left field, cutting Maryland’s lead to one. The Nittany Lions tied it a pair of innings later as Ramsey ran out of gas, but he was able to keep the score even before making his exit.

Maryland nearly had itself a chance to walk off the game before extra innings, as back-to-back walks brought Alleyne to the plate with two outs. But on what initially looked like a hit-by-pitch on an 0-2 count, the umpires ruled that Alleyne leaned into the pitch, and called him out on strikes to fizzle out the rally.

Extra innings immediately took a turn for the worse as the Nittany Lions opened up the 10th inning with two singles against Nick Robinson.

Robinson nearly got out of the jam, putting away the monster bats of Piacentino and Wood, but pinch-hitter Tayven Kelley would provide the biggest hit of the day, smoking a pitch into the left-center gap to give Penn State a 5-3 lead. A Jay Harry double put the cherry on top for Penn State, giving them a three-run lead to defend.

The opportunity to tie the game came up once again in the Terps’ 10th as Maryland quickly loaded the bases with nobody out. Troy Schreffler brought the Terps a run closer on a groundout, but down to the final out, Penn State’s Ben Kailher made the play of his career to close the door. A diving catch drifting out to shallow right field may make an appearance on SportsCenter Top 10, as Kailher robbed freshman Zach Martin of a potential game-tying single.

With the Nittany Lions evening the series, Jason Savacool will lead the Terps into Sunday afternoon’s rubber match as the Terps still look to take the first series of Big Ten play.