COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings, but a five-run output from the Buckeyes in the top of the eighth sealed the deal as Ohio state secured a 10-6 win Saturday. The Terps hung tough in the contest at Maryland Stadium, erasing an early 4-0 deficit to stay alive, but couldn’t muster enough offense as they move to 7-22-1 (0-2 B1G) on the season.
Down 5-4 in bottom of seventh, Anna Kufta blasted a triple to right center past the diving glove of the Buckeye right fielder to give the Terps the tying run with no outs. After Kristina Dillard notched her third hit of the afternoon on an infield single, a sac fly from Hannah Dewey brought Kufta to the plate to even the game.
A two-out rally from Ohio State in the ensuing eighth inning ultimately did the Terps in, as an error led to a run to put the visitors back up. A grand slam from Taylor White would bump the lead to 10-5 and give OSU the winning run.
Down 4-0 in the third, the Terps continued to fight, and a two-out Dillard double led to the squad’s first runs of the game. The hit brought in two runs to cut it to 4-2, before a slicing Hannah Dewey double to left center scored Dillard to make it 4-3.
Another Buckeye run in the sixth again put the pressure on, but a great at bat from Julie Strange in the bottom half turned into a RBI double to keep the comeback bid in play. Madison Martin led off the bottom of the eighth with her second career home run to bring the deficit to 10-6, but the Buckeyes closed out the inning for their second win of the weekend.
The two teams will meet tomorrow at 1 pm for the final game of the series.