COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland got two runs across the plate, including a solo shot from redshirt senior Juli Strange, but couldn’t match Ohio State Friday night as the Buckeyes took the series opener 6-2. A five-run third inning made the difference for the visitors, who improve to 16-7 and 1-0 in the Big Ten. Maryland now stands 7-21-1 (0-1 B1G).
Ohio State struck first in the game at Maryland Stadium, using two hits to go up 1-0 in the first. The Terrapin bats couldn’t muster much early, and an error in the third eventually led to a three-run homer for OSU’s Taylor White.
The Terps continued to battle behind 6-0, and Strange’s first home run of the season in the bottom of the inning put UMD on the board. Pitcher Madison Martin settled in from the fourth inning on, allowing just three hits the remainder of the contest.
The Terps had some momentum rolling in the sixth, as a leadoff triple from Anna Kufta turned into a run on a sacrifice fly from Kristina Dillard. A Skylynne Ellazar single and Hannah Dewey walk had the Terps in business for an extended inning, but consecutive outs got Ohio State out of the jam.
Shelby Hursh went the distance in the circle for the Buckeyes, striking out five for the victory.
The Terps will return to Maryland Stadium tomorrow afternoon to play the Buckeyes at 1 pm.