COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State’s offense overpowered Maryland (18-31, 7-11 B1G) to lead the Buckeyes (30-11) to a 13-5 win Friday evening. The long ball made the difference for the hosts, as five different Buckeyes went deep in the game to score nine runs.
Ohio State got rolling early, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first, before using a four-run frame in the second to take a 6-0 advantage.
Maryland fought back in the third, scoring three runs to chip away at the deficit on a two-out rally. After Amanda Brashear reached on a fielder’s choice and made it over to second on a wild pitch, Brigette Nordberg brought her in on a double to right field.
After OSU tacked on a run in the bottom of the fourth, the Terps responded in the top of the fifth with a pair of runs. After Brashear and Skylynne Ellazar reached and made it over to second and third on a wild pitch, an error would make way for the Terps’ first run of the inning.
Kassidy Cross would then knock a RBI single to the shortstop to score Nordberg and cut the deficit to 7-5 before the inning ended.
The Buckeyes’ hot hitting would continue into the sixth, as the hosts scored six runs on three home runs and a RBI single to clinch the win.
The teams will resume the series tomorrow at 2:00 pm at Buckeye Field.