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.

Maryland bats and relief pitching secure gutsy win against OSU

The baseball gods must love springtime in College Park because it was as beautiful of a day as it could get for the second game in a row when Maryland took on Ohio State at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium on Saturday.

Ryan Ramsey toed the rubber for the Terps with a 7-0 record and 2.28 ERA on the season entering the day.

Marcus Ernst and Zach Dezenzo kicked off Ramsey’s afternoon with two singles and Trey Lipsey moved them up with a bunt. Ernst then scored off a Kade Kern fielder’s choice, putting the Buckeyes on the board early. Kevin Keister put an end to the damage with a beautiful play as he charged inward and fired to Maxwell Costes at first for the out.

Luke Shliger stepped to the plate with a cheer from the crowd as the home team came to bat after a clutch walk-off win the night before. On a 2-2 count, he was drilled in the back and trotted to first base. Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso then struck out swinging and Matt Shaw – who came back into the lineup in the designated hitter role – lined out to center.

Ramsey bounced back in the second frame after giving up a single, but notching two strikeouts in a quick session on the hill.

Just like last night, Alleyne put his athleticism on display, this time with a deep liner that he tracked down right in front of the batter’s eye in the third.

Brent Todys singled in the fourth and eventually scored after a fielder’s choice and a throwing error by Jacob Orr, giving Ohio State a two-run lead.

Ohio State tacked on another run in the inning as Josh McAlister roped a ball into left, scoring Archer Brookman and making it a 3-0 ballgame.

Nick Robinson came in to relieve Ramsey with one out in the fifth. The junior southpaw finished his day with three runs on six hits and 81 pitches.

“He’s been out around 100 pitches for a couple of consecutive starts and so we kind of knew coming in we didn’t want to give much over 80 today,” Head Coach Rob Vaughn said on Ramsey. “Just try to give him a little bit lighter weight, but at the same time you’re looking at it like ‘hey, we got a chance to win the series today against Ohio State.'”

The Terps got their first hit of the day in the bottom of the fifth as Troy Schreffler slid safely into second with a leadoff double. Bobby Zmarzlak then picked up right where he left off from last night with a two-run blast, slashing the Ohio State lead to 3-2.

“We’d like to come out here and play as hard as we can,” Schreffler said. “Sometimes it catches on a little bit later than we want to but being able to come out here and just keep barreling the ball, putting the ball in play, eventually it’s gonna find a hole and we’re gonna get it rolling.”

Later in the inning, Alleyne placed down a fantastic bunt that scored Keister and the fifth-year outfielder ended up safe at first with a throwing error. Next batter, Lorusso bunted home Shliger, giving Maryland a 4-3 lead.

Wyatt Loncar relieved Isaiah Coupet, who cruised through the first four innings but ran into trouble in the fifth.

“When a guy’s going like that, you’re just trying to get to the bullpen,” Vaughn said. “Loncar’s got good stuff, but we just we wanted anybody else and we were able to set that inning up and punch through.”

In the seventh, Zach Dezenzo crushed a two-run shot off Robinson to give the Buckeyes the lead again at 5-4. Nigel Belgrave came in to relieve Robinson.

Shliger came to bat in the bottom half and smoked a solo home run to tie up the game at five, prompting a loud applause from the packed stadium.

Vaughn stormed out of the dugout after home plate umpire Brian Marine did not allow an appeal to the third base umpire Eric Loveless on an Alleyne check swing.

The disruption was dissolved early as Lorusso smacked another solo home run for Maryland, giving them the lead at 6-5.

Belgrave stayed in the game for the ninth, looking to seal the deal. With two quick outs, Dezenzo launched a ball a few feet shy of the foul pole, nearly tying the game. But Belgrave was able to slam the door shut with a strikeout, helping Maryland earn another victory.

“I think we played great, we played a great ball game,” Belgrave said. “All I really had to do is throw strikes and trust the defense behind me and they did a great job with that.”

Maryland hits walkoff home run to cap off incredible night against OSU

Nick Dean toed the rubber as the sun began to dip in the cloudless sky on a beautiful Friday evening in College Park against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After Dean cruised through the first inning, Chris Alleyne and Nick Lorusso both reached base and Maxwell Costes drove in Alleyne off a slow ground ball. A couple more ground ball hits by Bobby Zmarzlak and Kevin Keister scored two more runs in the opening frame.

After an early mound visit for the Buckeyes, Jacob Orr struck out with the bases loaded to put an end to the first inning where every Terp came to bat.

When Dean took the mound for the second, Blayne Robinson and Mitchell Okuley hit balls out of the park on consecutive pitches, cutting the Maryland lead to 3-2.

“He [had] a clean first and two quick outs and then jack-jack real quick and they’re right back in that thing,” Vaughn said about Dean. “[He] gives us a chance to win.”

Marcus Ernst and Trey Lipsey both singled in the third and Kade Kern brought home Ernst with a double to the wall, tying the game at three. 

In the bottom half, Ian Petrutz recorded his second RBI of the season as he drove in Keister. Ohio State pitcher Nate Haberthier thought he had strike three earlier in the at bat but the home plate umpire felt otherwise.

The Terps turned a 4-6-3 double play as smooth as it could get in the fourth as Orr tossed the ball to Keister who fired over to Costes just in time to beat a sprinting Okuley.

Maryland bats came back hungry again in the fourth as Alleyne and Lorusso singled. Costes hit what should have been an out to shallow center, but Josh McAlister dropped the ball and Alleyne was off the races, giving his team a 5-3 as he athletically slid home safely.

A balk and a groundout later, Nate Karaffa came in to relieve Haberthier after 3.2 innings and five runs.

Without much action in the fifth, Robinson tripled as Alleyne nearly made a sensational catch along the wall, but couldn’t quite hang on. Robinson then scored and Okuley grounded into a fielder’s choice to cut the Maryland lead to 5-4.

Noah Mrotek took the hill for the Terps in the seventh with a one-run lead to face the heart of the Buckeye order. He would escape a jam with a big strike three call on Brent Todys.

Troy Schreffler kicked off the home seventh with a single and a stolen base. Zmarzlak advanced him to third on a fielder’s choice. No runs crossed the plate in the inning, though, as Schreffler was left on third.

Costes fielded a ground ball in the eighth and sharply tossed to Mrotek who covered the bag for the first out. The sophomore right-hander then drilled Okuley on the foot, who then advanced to second on a passed ball. Another pitch got away from Shliger and Okuley moved up to third.

That was enough for Mrotek, who was replaced by Sean Heine. A third passed ball allowed Okuley to score, tying the game at five. McAlister then advanced to third on a fielder’s choice from Ernst. A walk, a bean ball, and another walk gave Ohio State their first lead of the night.

David Falco pitched a smooth ninth inning, setting up the Terps to bat in a one-run situation in the bottom of the inning.

“We showed a ton of grit on Wednesday at James Madison,” Vaughn said. “And a ton of grit tonight, and the best teams I’ve ever coached, you don’t want to play from behind, but they’re not afraid to play from behind.”

Costes walked to lead things off. Schreffler followed with a single over McAlister’s head. Zmarzlak then hammered a ball over the wall in left center for a walkoff three-run homer. 

“That was the best feeling ever” Zmarzlak said with a smile on his face.

The scene was set perfectly for Bobby Z, as the team likes to call him, who capped off the night with an incredible comeback with a final score of 8-6.

In back-and-forth affair, Maryland storms back from late deficit to down James Madison, 8-7

After having tied the game in the eighth, Maryland came to bat in the top of the ninth looking for its first lead of the game.

Chris “Bubba” Alleyne crushed a 3-1 pitch over the wall in right field for the solo home run, his 10th of the season, putting Maryland ahead 8-7.

David Falco shut down James Madison in order, securing the victory for the Terps, 8-7.

James Madison got the scoring started in the bottom of the second. The Dukes scored three runs of Maryland starter Logan Ott — all with two outs.

With a runner on second, Mason Dunaway drilled a single into right field. Dunaway scored ahead of the throw home from Troy Schreffler Jr, and Dunaway advanced to second on the throw. Jason Schiavone followed with a two-run blast over the wall in left field, putting the Dukes ahead 3-0.

Maryland responded with a pair in the top of the third.

Ian Petrutz led off with a single to center, and came around to score all the way from first on a Jacob Orr double. Shliger followed with a single, setting up runners on the corners for Alleyne. Alleyne hit a sac-fly to center, scoring Orr to trim Maryland’s deficit down to one.

James Madison got those runs right back in the bottom of the inning.

Dabney started off with a single and advanced to second on a balk. Dabney scored as Travis Reifsnider roped a double into left center, who scored on a RBI fielder’s choice off the bat of Fenwick Trimble, extending James Madison’s lead to 5-2.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the fourth, Orr scored two on a single to right center. Shliger then drove home Petrutz on a shot into the right center gap, tying the game at five.

The Dukes retook the lead in the bottom of the fourth.

Dunaway singled to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a fielding error by Bobby Zmarzlak. Dunaway stole third and advanced to home on a throwing error by Shliger behind the dish, putting James Madison ahead, 6-5.

Both offenses slowed down as neither side scored over the next couple innings.

James Madison scored for the first time in three innings in the seventh.

Dabney was hit by a pitch with one out, and proceeded to steal second. Dabney advanced to third on a wild pitch, and managed to score as Shliger had trouble finding the ball behind the dish. Through seven, James Madison led, 7-5.

In the top of the eighth, Orr lined a two-run single into center, his fourth and fifth RBI of the game. Orr’s single tied the game for the second time, 7-7.

Alleyne gave Maryland the lead in the ninth on a solo home run.

Maryland scored three in the final two innings to go up, 8-7.

The Terps only led once, but they did when it mattered, and Falco fired a scoreless ninth to clinch the win.

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.

Maryland battles through rain to top George Mason, 8-5

Maxwell Costes, just nine home runs away from the all-time program record, walked to the plate with Nick Lorusso on first base. On the third pitch of the at-bat, the senior first baseman swung and launched a home run that nearly reached the Varsity Team House beyond the left field wall. 

He watched it fly and flipped his bat after it cleared the wall and stayed fair, something that’s become a standard for Costes long balls. The two-run homer capped a three run sixth inning for Maryland to retake a lead that held to win, 8-5. 

Facing the Patriots for the second time in seven days, a light rain in College Park throughout the afternoon hampered the Terps during pregame warmups and cast doubt over whether the game – which had already been moved up from 6:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. – could be completed. 

The rain let up in the second inning. Still, the Terps’ infielders felt the effects. 

“It’s just wet turf, so you’re always a little more cautious,” said Head Coach Rob Vaughn. “But those guys are too good. We got to be clean with the throws.”

Starting pitcher Logan Ott, taking the mound for his sixth midweek start this season, cruised through the opening three innings. He allowed no hits and issued just one walk. 

After the walk reached second base, a towering fly ball with one out came as the first true threat to score. Center fielder Chris Alleyne raced back to the warning track to make the grab, then threw a laser to beat a tagging runner to third base. 

“He’s our captain, that’s what he’s supposed to do,” said Vaughn.

After Troy Schreffler Jr. plated Maryland’s first score with a run-scoring single in the third, the Terps added two more in the following inning when Lorusso brought in Riley Langerman after his leadoff double. Alleyne scored in the next at-bat on a passed ball to take a 3-0 advantage. 

Ott, Maryland’s usual starting pitcher for midweek games, has worked on getting stretched out to be able to stay in games longer through his first handful of starts this season. After an offseason injury limited how much he was able to do that over the winter, it’s taken some time to get him extended. 

Through four innings, it looked like Ott had finally reached where Vaughn was waiting on him to. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but George Mason pounced on the sophomore left hander from there. With five hits in the inning, the Patriots brought four runs across to take their first lead. 

“It’s hard to get through a lineup two or three times,” said Vaughn. “They made an approach adjustment. Some of it is bad breaks. Some of that was just being a little unlucky.”

That score held into the bottom of the sixth. There, Maryland’s offense did something it’s struggled to do consistently for the better part of the season: produce in the middle innings. 

Alleyne was brought home for a second time courtesy of a Matt Shaw sacrifice fly out. The next batter, Costes, simultaneously gave Maryland a two-run lead and inched closer to the home run record. 

“What could be better than leaving your senior year with that?” said Costes regarding the record. “Me and my older brother talk all the time about what’s the coolest thing in sports. To keep it honest, hitting a home run might be the coolest.”

George Mason cut the deficit to one run in the seventh with a RBI-single, but Lorusso answered with one of his own to stretch the lead back to two runs in the eighth. 

After adding one more on a bases-loaded Kevin Keister walk, Sean Heine shut the door in the ninth to give Maryland its second win over George Mason this season. 

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.