Series Preview: Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Maryland Terrapins will be returning to College Park to host a series against a struggling Minnesota Golden Gophers team, a series that promises a chance to improve Maryland’s record and keep their new winning tendencies rolling.  

The Terps are coming off a successful outing in Iowa, taking three of the four games of the pod series against the Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats. The explosive offensive energy that emerged in Iowa City will be needed this weekend to secure a few wins over a Minnesota team that has seen better years.  

Game one of three will kick off Friday night at 6:30 p.m., followed by game two on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and game three on Sunday to close out the series at 1:00 p.m.  

The Terps struggled early in Iowa last weekend, dropping game one to the Hawkeyes 12-6 after failing to capitalize on runners in scoring position. This issue was a short-lived one, as Maryland shook off the nerves and finished out the series with dominant offensive and pitching performances.  

Maryland will be looking to none-other than Senior Benjamin Cowles to light up the offense against the Golden Gophers. In Iowa, Cowles sent out a three-run bomb to start off the second game of the series against the Hawkeyes and had a critical RBI single in the close win against Northwestern 2-1. He continues to lead the Maryland offense with a .323 batting average and his offensive talent will be crucial in the upcoming series.  

Minnesota is a team that has struggled defensively this season, allowing 250 runs across their 27 games. Just four of those games were wins for the Gophers, and even then, the defense allowed numerous runs on the road to the W. Maryland will have a chance to prove their win streak is not a fluke and wake up their offense this weekend against a team that has had little success this year.  

Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-23) 

Last Season: 

Prior to the cancellation of the 2020 season due to COVID-19, last year’s Minnesota team had managed to get more wins in nine games than this year’s team. The 2020 Golden Gophers finished 8-1 and possessed a .284/.381/.393 slash line. Their OBP is nearly .300 lower than their 2021 numbers, yet the results of this year’s games are nowhere near the early success of last year’s team.  

This Season: 

The Gophers have seen better seasons and arrive in College Park dragging a ten-game losing streak behind them attached to their 4-23 overall record. The Gophers boast a .236/.679/.352 slash line thus far on the season, impressive numbers that don’t quite match up the sheer amount of losses experienced and runs allowed for this Minnesota defense. Maryland will have a chance to capitalize on their low morale, as their most recent loss to Big Ten rival Indiana ended in a double digit win for the Hoosiers 23-1.  

Hitters to Watch: 

The star of this Golden Gophers offense can be found in Junior infielder Zack Raabe, a player that leads Minnesota in batting average (.379), hits (33), runs (15), on base percentage (.481) and slugging percentage (.609). On March 14, Raabe became one of 45 players across the nation to be named to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Midseason Watch List, and although he struggled in the most recent series against Indiana, his stats this season and his accomplishments are just two reasons he can’t be counted out just yet. Other hot hitters for the Golden Gophers include homerun leader Easton Bertrand and RBI leader Ronald Sweeney.  

Pitchers to Watch: 

Reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week Jack Liffrig will be arriving in College Park following a strong showing against Michigan State last week, throwing seven shutout innings to the Big Ten’s only nationally ranked team. Liffrig has secured himself a 4.86 ERA thus far, and Maryland’s bats will need to come alive if they are unfortunate enough to face off against the sophomore pitcher with the skills to back up his award. Minnesota’s pitching staff also boasts a second strong starting pitcher in Sam Ireland, who’s last starting performance against Michigan State saw the sophomore work himself out of multiple dangerous innings. He enters College Park with a 4.10 ERA, the lowest on this Golden Gophers team.  

Starting Pitching Matchups:

Friday: RHP Nick Dean (1-2, 4.10 ERA) vs. TBD

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Nick Dean is making his first Friday start of his career, opening up the series against Minnesota rather than the typical Sean Burke. Dean is in the midst of a four-game pitching win-streak, recording a quality start in his last outing against Iowa as well as a season-high 94 pitches.

Saturday: RHP Jason Savacool (5-1, 5.65 ERA) vs. Jack Liffrig (1-1, 4.86 ERA)

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While Savacool still leads the way for Maryland pitching wins, he’s yet to get back to the level he was at in his first few starts. He’s led the way to two wins in his last two starts, but his ERA over those games stands at 7.59. However, he has been striking out more batters as of late, amassing ten strikeouts in his last pair of starts.

After starting his season with two complete games in three starts, Liffrig has hit somewhat of a rough patch. In his last four starts, he’s surrendered 13 runs over 25 innings, but one of those starts was a stellar seven-inning, shutout outing with eight strikeouts against a strong Michigan lineup.

Sunday: RHP Sean Burke (2-3, 4.53 ERA) vs. RHP Tom Skoro (2-2, 8.02 ERA)

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Burke is moving to the Sunday spot for the first time this season, and it comes after two of his stronger starts of the season. In those starts, he struck out 19 batters while allowing just four runs in 11 2/3 innings. After his first three starts sent his ERA up to 6.46, but his recent run has him sitting at 4.53 ahead of his date with Minnesota.

Skoro has come out of the bullpen for the majority of his appearances, including his last appearance that ended in disaster against Indiana. In a 23-1 loss to the Hoosiers, Skoro came out of the pen for four innings giving up five runs and three walks. This will be his first start since March 13.

Terps Comeback For 9-7 Win Over Northwestern To Take 3-of-4 In Iowa

In a high-scoring game that saw the lead change hands four times, Maryland outlasted Northwestern, 9-7, to win for the third time this weekend in Iowa City, IA. Overall, Maryland has now won six of its last seven games and stands at 16-13 this season. 

The Terps took the lead for good with a three-run fifth inning, to lead 7-6 and added two more runs in the seventh. In that fifth inning, Northwestern had taken a 6-4 lead in the their half on a two-run single by Ethan O’Donnell. Bobby Zmarzlak answered O’Donnell with his own two-run single to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth. Then, Chris Alleyne’s single to right brought home Zmarzlak for the go-ahead run.  

Sean Fisher’s relief pitching was a major story in the game. The senior came into the game with a 9.00 ERA on the season, but had his best outing of the year. Coming on for Jason Savacool, who lasted just 4 1/3 innings, Fisher threw 4 2/3 innings to earn the win. Fisher did not allow an earned run, striking out five Wildcats. 

Northwestern opened the scoring in the first on a throwing error from catcher Luke Shliger, allowing Shawn Goosenberg to score, 1-0. The Terps came out swinging at their first at bat, with Maxwell Costes and Tommy Gardiner each driving a run in on singles to center field scoring Benjamin Cowles and Costes. Shliger then scored on an error by the catcher to bring the score at the end of the first to 3-1, Maryland.

The Wildcats tallied one run in the second as Leo Kaplan singled to left field allowing O’Donnell to score. Maryland was able to strengthen their lead off Matt Shaw’s single to bring home Chris Alleyne, pushing the lead to 4-2. 

Northwestern tied up the game on a double to left field from Goosenberg, driving in Kaplan, evening the game at 4-4. The Wildcats then took the lead in the fifth, 6-4. But, Maryland bounced right back, re-capturing the lead once again, 7-6. 

The Terps added to their lead in the seventh inning recording two more runs. Kevin Keister grounded into a double play to bring home Gardiner and Tucker Flint was able to score off a throwing error by the shortstop Goosenberg. 

Fisher held the Wildcats scoreless through the eighth and allowed just one final run in the ninth, off a single to left-center. The Terps will look to continue their winning momentum as they take on the Minnesota Gophers (4-23), who have lost 10 games in a row, next weekend in College Park.

Ott great in first start, bullpen shuts it down in 2-1 win over Northwestern

Behind Logan Ott’s solid outing in his first career collegiate start and pitching win, Maryland beat Northwestern 2-1 Saturday from Duane Banks Field.

In the first inning, Ott got his collegiate pitching career off to a great start recording his first collegiate strikeout on the first batter he faced in Anthony Calarco. Later in the inning, Ott would get another strikeout against Stephen Hrustich to record a scoreless first.

In the second inning, Ott’s debut hit a bumpy road allowing a single and a RBI double to Ethan O’ Donnell that gave Northwestern an early 1-0. But instead of being rattled in his start Ott would settle in and get some run support.

In the third inning, Maryland would put together a two-out rally against Northwestern starter Mike Doherty. Chris Alleyne drew a walk, a Matthew Shaw single would bring the red hot Benjamin Cowles up to the plate. He delivered a RBI single to left field to tie the game at 1-1. It appeared it would stay tied when a Maxwell Costes grounder to third base could have ended the inning — but Evan Minarovic booted the ball, allowing Costes to reach and Shaw to score as Maryland took the lead back for good.

Ott now with a lead return to the mound in the bottom of the third, pitching a quick 1-2-3 inning. In the fourth inning Ott gave up a leadoff single to Michael Trautwein but retired the next three batters with no stress. In the fifth inning Ott would give up a double with one out to Minarovic but retired the next two batters to strand the tying run at second base.

In the sixth inning, Maryland had its best chance to give Ott and the pitching staff some more run support, loading the bases in an unorthodox way. Costes reached on an error, Tucker Flint was intentionally walked and Matt Orlando drew a walk. However, with two outs, Justin Vought struck out to end the threat and the inning.

Ott would come out for the sixth inning and emptied the tank by getting Hrustich to fly out and striking out both Trautwein and David Dunn swinging to cap off his stellar debut.

Ott’s night was over as he finished with six innings, one earned run, and five strikeouts on 77 pitches. Most importantly, Ott put his team in a great position to win the game.

With the bullpen taking over in the seventh inning needing to get the remaining nine outs, Sean Heine was up first, pitching a stress-free 1-2-3 inning.

In the top of the eighth inning, Maryland again had a chance to add onto its lead when Luke Shliger was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base with one out to put himself in position to score. But Tommy Gardiner struck out and Flint grounded out to second base to end the threat.

Tyler Blohm was the next man out the bullpen and retired the first batter he faced but gave up a single and a walk and was pulled from the game. David Falco was summoned out of the bullpen to play the fireman role and keep Maryland’s lead with runners on second and third. Falco got Hrustich to fly out for the second out the inning, but a passed ball moved the runners up to second and third. A walk of Trautwein loaded the bases, and with the game on the line, Falco got Dunn to strike out and put out the fire.

In the top of the ninth, Maryland had runners on second and third with two outs with Cowles at the plate, but he struck out looking to end the threat. Maryland finished the game going 1-14 with runners in scoring position, but it wouldn’t matter behind the outing from the pitching staff with Falco finishing the game off in the bottom of the inning to secure a 2-1 win and the second win on the day.

Cowles Early Homer, Dean’s solid outing leads Maryland to 8-6 win

Benjamin Cowles stepped up to the plate in the top of the first in a familiar spot with runners on the bases with the chance to do damage. On the very first pitch he saw Cowles hit a three-run home run to right field to put Maryland up 3-0 on Iowa. That was all the offense Maryland needed to kickstart a 8-6 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday afternoon from Duane Banks Field.

In the top of the first, Iowa starting pitcher Drew Irvine struggled with his command early and walked Chris Alleyne and Matthew Shaw to start the game and bring up Cowles to the plate. Cowles wasn’t taking the first pitch he saw and hit his twelfth home run of the season to give Maryland an early 3-0 lead on a perfect start before they even recorded an out.

In the top of the fourth inning Maryland’s top of the order inflicted damage again. Alleyne started the inning with a stand-up double and had a good read on a breaking ball in the dirt and stole third base. Shaw single up the middle brought Alleyne home and extend Maryland’s lead to 4-0.

Maryland starting pitcher Nick Dean took the mound in the bottom of the first with a 3-0 and stranded a runner in scoring position to start his outing. In the second inning Dean gave up a leadoff double to Zeb Adreon who tagged on a fly out to right field to put him on third base with one out. But Dean would strike out the next two hitters he faced to get out of the inning strand another runner in scoring position.

In the fourth inning, with a runner on first base and one out Dean would get Dylan Nedved to ground into a double play to end the inning.

In the fifth inning, Dean was faced with another jam, giving up two singles to have runners on first and second base. Dean would induce another double play to end the inning and get out of the jam and maintain the 4-0 lead.

In the sixth inning, after getting into another jam of two runners on base with two outs, Dean thought he had gotten out of the inning. Nedved hit a fly out to right field but right fielder Tucker Flint misplayed the ball allowing two runs to score on the RBI double and cut the Maryland lead to 4-2. The next batter Matthew Sosa grounded out to second base but the ball took a bad hop on Kevin Keister into the outfield allowing another run to score and advance Sosa to second base, representing the tying run. But Dean caught Sosa leaning off on second base on the next at-bat and picked him off to get out of the inning and maintain a 4-3 lead for Maryland and set himself up for a win.

Maryland’s offense answered back in the top of the seventh inning to pick up its defense. After Luke Shliger worked a walk to start the inning, Tommy Garndiner double off the wall in left center brought him home to extend the lead to 5-3. The next batter Flint made up for his error in the sixth inning with a RBI single to extend the lead to 6-3. After a walk and two sacrifice bunts, Shaw stepped up to the plate and blew the game open with a two-out RBI single to right cap off the big inning for Maryland and a lead of now 8-3.

Iowa would add two more runs in the eighth inning and would make things interesting in the ninth inning with some loud deep contact off of closer Sam Bello. But Bello — with the tying run at the plate — got the last out and put the finishing touches on a 8-6 win on the first of two games on the day for Maryland in the heart of their Big Ten schedule.

Terps Can’t Capitalize, Leave 12 On Base In 6-2 Loss at Iowa

In their first outing of the weekend at Duane Banks Field in Iowa City, Iowa, the Terps fell short to the Iowa Hawkeyes, 6-2, after a high-powered strikeout performance from both starting pitchers. The Hawkeyes (16-10) took the lead for good on a two-run double from Brendan Sher in the sixth to put them ahead 3-2. Maryland (13-13) struggled to convert its opportunities all night, leaving 12 men on base. 

Maryland’s run in the third broke the scoreless game with Matthew Shaw hitting a sacrifice fly to bring Chris Alleyne home after a steal of second and advancing to third on a wild throw, making it 1-0. The Terps added to their lead in the top of the sixth with Shaw driving in his second run as his single to center brought home Kevin Keister from second, pushing the lead to 2-0.

The Hawkeyes turned around their scoreless scorecard in the bottom of the sixth with their first run coming on a wild pitch from Sean Burke as Zeb Adreon scored from third. Determined to take the lead, Iowa turned around their lack of hitting, taking the lead on Sher’s double to bring in Brayden Frazier and Matthew Sosa, giving them the 3-2 lead. 

During the seventh, the Hawkeyes continued their persistence with Izaya Fullard and Peyton Williams scoring on two squeeze plays from Dylan Nedved and Adreon, making it 5-2. Topping their lead off, Williams singled to left field to bring in Ben Norman, for their final run of the game in the eighth.

In the loss, Burke’s pitching had some bright spots as he had 10 strikeouts, his third highest for the 2021 season. At 117 pitches and after holding the Hawkeyes scoreless into the end of the fifth, Coach Vaughn pulled him from the game after allowing three runs in the sixth. Burke struggled with his control, walking six and hitting two Hawkeyes with pitches. 

Trace Hoffman claimed the win, but starter Trenton Wallace set him up for success. Wallace pitched 4 1/3 innings topping off at 96 pitches and had nine strikeouts, lowering his season ERA to 2.57.

Reaching the beginning of the third inning scoreless, both teams struggled with clutch hitting. The Terps left a total of 12 men on base and had only one hit heading into the fifth. Iowa stranded ten men in the game, but made a huge turn around in clutch hitting in the sixth and on. 

Maryland was just 1-of-11 with runners in scoring position and 1-of-16 with runners on base. 

Alleyne has topped his personal stolen base record with three more stolen bases in the game as he has 16 steals thus far on the season. This was his third game in row with three steals, with the last two in the Terps previous matchups against Ohio State. His abilities on the bases have helped the Terps score plenty of runs this season. Coming into the season, Alleyne had 12 total stolen bases in three seasons at Maryland. 

Next up, the Terps will take on a doubleheader facing Iowa once again tomorrow at 2:05 P.M. and the Northwestern Wildcats at 6:05 P.M. for their second series in their last pod play of the season.

Series Preview: Iowa Hawkeyes and Northwestern Wildcats

With a big weekend on deck, Maryland baseball looks to keep its winning streak alive. Coming off a huge series sweep, the Terps have the chance to continue their offensive energy that began at The Bob last weekend.

The Terps dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes at home winning all three games to move their record above .500 for the first time this season. Hoping to continue their momentum, the Terps will be traveling to Iowa City, IA, for a four-game pod with a pair of matchups against both the 15-10 Iowa Hawkeyes and 12-12 Northwestern Wildcats.

The first games of the weekend will be up against the Hawkeyes, game one will start on Friday at 8:05 p.m., and game two will start on Saturday at 2:05 p.m. For game three, the Terps will finish out the double-header on Saturday against the Wildcats at 6:05 p.m. To wrap the series, the Terps will face the Wildcats again on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

The Terps’ important series sweep last weekend against Ohio State helped them climb to 13-12 and a tie for fifth in the Big Ten standings. With a collective 24 runs across the weekend, Maryland dominated game one scoring seven runs in the sixth en route to a 10-6 win. In game two, the Terps captured a 5-4 win in ten innings thanks to a bases-loaded walk. For the final matchup, Maryland came from behind to secure the 9-4 victory, as the Terp pitching staff held the Buckeyes scoreless after the third. 

Maryland will look to offensive players Chris Alleyne, Maxwell Costes, and Matt Shaw to continue strong performances this coming series. Alleyne hit .400 on the weekend and stole seven bases. Costes and Shaw each had hits in all three games.

The Hawkeyes are coming off a 3-1 series win in Piscataway, NJ against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Iowa racked up 32 runs in the four games with Izaya Fullard recording seven hits in the series. Maryland’s offensive energy will need to stay strong to combat Iowa’s high run-scoring this season (6.0 runs per game). 

In the second half of the weekend pod, the Terps will take on the Wildcats, a team coming off a 1-2 series loss against the Indiana Hoosiers. In the first loss, Northwestern rallied in the seventh but fell short, 5-4. In the second loss, Indiana kept the Wildcats scoreless, beating them, 4-0. Overall, the Wildcats have lost four of their last five games. Maryland will look to capitalize on Northwestern’s recent struggles.

Iowa Hawkeyes (15-10)

Last Season

The Iowa Hawkeyes finished the shortened season due to the COVID shutdown with a 10-5 record. The team slashed .295/.391/.408 and their pitching staff closed with a solid 3.39 ERA. 

This Season

The Hawkeyes have stayed consistent with their shortened 2020 season. Iowa has boasted a .251/.371/.418 slash line so far, and are fourth in the Big Ten standings. The Hawkeyes pitching staff has shown strength putting up a 4.06 ERA. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 3-1 series win and have won eight out of their last ten games.

Hitters to Watch

The Hawkeyes have plenty of hitters to keep an eye on. Redshirt Senior Ben Norman is in the midst of a breakout season recording 29 hits, nine home runs, 30 RBI, and claiming Big Ten Player of the Week on April 20. Norman has scored in 17 out of his last 21 games to top off his success. Redshirt Freshman Peyton Williams has also recorded big stats so far this season with a .282/.452/.620 slash line with seven doubles and five homers. Redshirt Junior Izaya Fullard came out big last weekend with seven hits, his highest for a series this season. 

Pitchers to Watch

The Hawkeyes pitching staff has held its own this season, with Trenton Wallace and Cam Baumann, both Redshirt Juniors, throwing a total of 81 strikeouts this season. Baumann has topped the Hawkeyes pitching staff putting up a 2.62 ERA with a 3-2 record and holding opposing batters to a .184 batting average. Wallace posts a 2.87 ERA with a 3-1 record. Drew Irvine, a Redshirt Sophomore, also shows promise with 33 strikeouts this season.

Northwestern Wildcats (12-12)

Last Season

In the 2020 season, the Wildcats fell just short of a .500 season, finishing 6-7. The team hit for a .239/.327/.340 slash line along with a bullpen boasting a 3.63 ERA.

This Season

Despite their even record, Northwestern has put up a .271/.356/.496 slash line so far this season. The Wildcat pitching staff has room for improvement with a 4.80 ERA. Northwestern will be looking to change things around after coming off a 1-2 series loss and losing seven out of their last ten games. 

Hitters to Watch

The Wildcats have a good balance of power and average this season, with four hitters averaging .300 and above. Juniors Anthony Calarco and Shawn Goosenberg lead the pack combining for a total of 70 hits, 17 home runs, 19 doubles, and 39 RBIs. Calarco tops Northwestern’s stats with a .360/.443/.680 slash line; Goosenberg follows suit with a .327/.391/.692. In the Cats last showing, Vincent Bianchina smacked back-to-back home runs to  also put him in the spotlight.

Pitchers to Watch

Northwestern’s bullpen has struggled this season, but pitchers Mike Doherty, Sam Lawrence, and Reed Smith have made notable appearances this season. Friday starter Junior Doherty has a 2.98 ERA this season along with 23 strikeouts. Smith boasts a 2.87 ERA with a win and two losses. Graduate student Sam Lawrence captured his first win last weekend in game two against Indiana, allowing just one hit in closing the game. He also has a team-high three saves.

Starting Pitching Matchups

Game 1: RHP Sean Burke (4-3, 4.50 ERA)  vs. LHP Trenton Wallace (3-1, 2.87 ERA)

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Most recently coming off a pitching win against Ohio State, Redshirt Sophomore Sean Burke will look to continue his personal record above .500. Burke has thrown 62 strikeouts so far this season posting a respectable 4.50 ERA.

Iowa will bring in a strong arm in Trenton Wallace for the opener of the series. Wallace boasts a 2.87 ERA for the season with a total 52 strikeouts thus far. Maryland will have to bring their A-game to plate.

Game 2: RHP Nick Dean (3-1, 4.43 ERA)  vs. RHP Drew Irvine (2-2, 4.00 ERA)

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With three straight pitching wins against Northwestern, Nebraska, and Ohio State, sophomore Nick Dean will look to carry that momentum into game two. Dean has thrown 17 strikeouts this season, and in his last showing against the Buckeyes he struck out eight batters, his high for the season.

Coming off two pitching wins, Drew Irvine will be looking to keep his streak alive. At a respectable 4.00 ERA, Irvine has pitched a total of 33 strikeout so far this season and will be a difficult opponent for the Maryland team to face.

Game 3: TBD vs. RHP Mike Doherty (1-1, 2.98 ERA)

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One of the top arms in Northwestern’s pitching staff, Junior Mike Doherty will open the second half of the weekend. With a tremendous 2.98 ERA and 23 strikeouts, Doherty will look to continue his strong stats this season.

Game 4: RHP Jason Savacool (6-1, 5.12 ERA) vs. RHP Tyler Uberstine (2-2, 5.03 ERA)

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The freshman star, Jason Savacool will finish up the series for the Terps on Sunday. Savacool has held his own this year securing six wins for the team. He has pitched 24 strikeouts this season and in his last showing against the Buckeyes threw a career-high six strikeouts in six innings.

To finish up the pod series, the Wildcats will start Tyler Uberstine. Uberstine has 34 strikeouts this season at 34 innings pitched and after allowing four runs in his last outing against Indiana, he will be looking to shut down the Terps at the plate.

Maryland slugs three home runs, completes its first series sweep of the season

On the backs of fantastic pitching and timely hitting, the Terps completed the series sweep of the Ohio State Buckeyes Sunday afternoon. The Terps defeated the Buckeyes 9-4, and senior outfielder Chris Alleyne was huge in the final game of the series as well as the entire weekend. Alleyne picked up three hits in four chances with three stolen bases. Five other Maryland players recorded a hit on a high-scoring day for the Terps. 

Freshman starter Jason Savacool started the contest with two scoreless innings, but got beat up in the third with four earned runs on six hits. It didn’t phase the young pitcher as Savacool pitched three consecutive scoreless innings following his slip up in the fourth, and finished the day going 6 ⅓ innings with six strikeouts. 

The Terps couldn’t capitalize on their scoring opportunities early. Maryland had runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings, but in the bottom of the third the Terps did their damage. Sophomore designated hitter Bobby Zmarzlak saw his first plate appearance of the series, and hit a solo homerun to get Maryland on the board still trailing 4-1.

Five batters later Junior first baseman Maxwell Costes hit a three-run homer to left field, and followed it with a well-deserved bat flip to tie the game up at four. Maryland did enough on offense to force the Buckeyes to pull their starter, Jack Neely, in the fourth inning. 

The pitching change didn’t stop the Terps from scoring runs, as Alleyne doubled in the bottom of the fourth to drive in two runs and take a 6-4 lead. Alleyne once again found himself in scoring position after stealing second and third base in the sixth inning. A passed ball from Ohio State led to an easy walk home for Alleyne and a 7-4 lead for Maryland. 

Immediately following the passed ball, Freshman Matt Shaw walked, setting up a golden opportunity for Junior Benjamin Cowles to add on to the Terps’ lead. Cowles launched the Terps third home run of the contest of the center field portion of the wall to put an exclamation on a 9-4 Maryland lead. 

Senior reliever Elliot Zoellner took Savacool’s place on the mound in the seventh and pitched marvelously the rest of the contest. Zoellner threw six strikeouts in the three innings he pitched. Two came in the seventh, one with a runner on third base to end the half inning, and the other four came in the final two frames. 

Maryland now holds a winning record for the first time this season and will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to wrap up “pod play” for the season, taking on both the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Northwestern Wildcats in the four-game weekend.

Maryland walks-off Buckeyes in extras, clinches second-straight winning weekend

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.

A Sean Burke gem paired with sloppy OSU pitching eases Maryland to a series-opener victory

On just five hits Friday night, the Maryland Terrapins defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 10-6 and got one game closer to .500 by improving their record to 11-12. A stellar outing from Sophomore Sean Burke and a huge sixth inning from the Maryland offense put the Terps in a great position to secure the win.

The Buckeyes opened the scoring in the top of the second inning with a no-doubter to right field from Senior Conner Pohl. However, Terps starting pitcher Sean Burke shook it off and struck out five of the next six batters he faced. Burke ended the night with nine strikeouts on six innings pitched.

The Terps were able to find offense without many hits. Through five innings, Maryland mustered two runs as a result of two batters being hit and three walks. Sophomore outfielder Tucker Flint picked up an RBI double as the lone hit up to that point.

As the Terps’ bats were still frozen, Burke was cooling off as well. Two wild pitches and a passed ball led to another run for Ohio State and a tie game at two. Even though Burke was shaky down the stretch of his performance, he was able to battle through the fifth and sixth innings while only yielding one run.

With the game knotted at two, Maryland went to work in the bottom of the sixth. After taking a 4-2 lead off of yet another wild pitch and a hit batter, the Terps loaded the bases for Senior Chris Alleyne. Alleyne drove a ball down the third base line for a bases-clearing double to blow the game open. A 7-2 lead swelled to an insurmountable 9-2 lead by the end of the sixth inning. Maryland tacked on another insurance run in the seventh.

Due to the one-sided score, Maryland was able to relieve Burke and handed the game over to the bullpen. A combination of efforts from Sean Heine, Tyler Blohm and Elliot Zoellner from the bullpen sealed the deal for the Terps over the final three innings.

While the result of the game was positive for the home team, Senior outfielder Randy Bednar was injured late, rolling his ankle on the first base bag in the bottom of the eighth inning. Bednar was helped off the field and didn’t return to the game.

Series Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

An up and down weekend for the Terps resulted in a series loss against the Nebraska Cornhuskers after getting pounded last Sunday, 14-3. The Terps evened the series at 1-1 and entered the final game with a chance to get back to .500 on the season. 

In game one, Senior outfielder Chris Alleyne led the Terps with three hits, but collectively, the team left nine runners on base which led to the 6-2 loss against the Cornhuskers. 

Maryland’s lone win in the series came Saturday, when six different players recorded two hits and the offensive force of Benjamin Cowles had three RBI in the 10-7 victory. 

Following an abundance of hits on Saturday, the Terps couldn’t get anything going in the series finale. The Cornhuskers totaled 16 strikeouts and Junior pitcher Shay Schanaman accounted for 11. 

Earlier in the season, Maryland and Ohio State split a two game slate in Columbus “pod play.” The two teams will be familiar with the opposing teams’ roster, but especially a few starting pitchers that will be taking the mound.

Freshman pitcher Jason Savacool and Sophomore Nick Dean both faced the Buckeyes earlier in the year and are both taking the mound this weekend. As for the Buckeyes, junior Jack Neely is the only starting pitcher for Ohio State that is making a second appearance. 

Ohio State Buckeyes (13-9)

Last Season:

The Buckeyes finished last season with a 6-8 record before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ohio State This Season:

While Ohio State is ranked fourth in the Big Ten, the Buckeyes are dead last in the conference for batting average, runs scored and in the bottom three for hits. However, it’s the pitching that’s allowed Ohio State to thrive thus far.

Ohio State has a 4.42 earned run average this season, ranked sixth in the Big Ten, compared to Maryland’s 5.81 ERA.

Buckeyes hitters to watch for:

Freshman Kern Kade is ranked 23rd in the Big Ten with a .333 batting average. Sophomore Okuley Mitchell is another name to watch. Mitchell has five home runs this season. 

Pitchers to watch for:

Maryland will be facing a very stellar pitching staff this weekend. Neely and Junior Garrett Burhenn are both top-20 pitchers in the Big Ten when it comes to ERA and strikeouts. Junior Seth Lonsway, who’s taking the mound on Saturday, has accumulated 54 strikeouts this season which ranks second in the conference. 

Starting Pitching Matchups:

Friday: RHP Sean Burke (1-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. RHP Garrett Burhenn (2-1, 4.15 ERA)

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Burke went 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and four earned runs in his contest against Nebraska. Maryland fell 6-2 against the Cornhuskers. 

Burhenn did just enough last week to secure the win over Michigan. While he surrendered four earned runs and gave up 10 hits, the Buckeyes’ offense helped out leading to the 7-4 victory. 

Saturday: RHP Nick Dean (0-0, 5.84 ERA) vs. LHP Seth Lonsway (1-4, 4.45 ERA)

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Dean had a quality start in his matchup against Nebraska with 4 earned runs through 4.1 innings. His effort helped the Terps get back in the win column with a 10-7 win. 

Lonsway had a similar game his last time out with four earned runs through 4.2 innings pitched. Even with a 10 strikeout effort, the Buckeyes were pummeled 7-0 against Michigan. 

Sunday: RHP Jason Savacool (4-1, 5.01 ERA) vs. RHP Jack Neely (1-1, 4.01 ERA)

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Last outing against the Cornhuskers, Savacool only lasted 1.2 innings after giving up seven hits and five earned runs in a 14-3 loss to Nebraska. 

Neely had a tough matchup against the Michigan Wolverines last week, and only got through 2.1 innings with two earned runs before being pulled in the loss.