After scoring 26 runs in their past two games, the baseball Bucks couldn't get much going against Maryland, dropping their fourth consecutive home game by a 13-4 score. The loss dropped Ohio State into a tie with the Terps for third place in the Big Ten at 12-7 (33-14 overall), and continued a troubling trend for the starting rotation.
Sophomore Tanner Tully allowed eight runs on 12 hits in his 4.2 innings of work. The loss dropped last season's conference Freshman of the Year to 4-4 on the year, and was the second straight start in which he has allowed eight earned runs. Last season, Tully finished with a 2.22 ERA, but has had trouble equaling those sorts of results as a sophomore.
The Terps took a first inning lead thanks to an RBI single by sophomore Brandon Lowe, the first of two driven in on the night for the former Freshman All-American.
Ohio State answered in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly by Nick Sergakis after the Troy Montgomery and Troy Kuhn both singled to lead things off. Failing to tack on more than the one run against Maryland starter Mike Shawaryn was the first of many disappointments on the night.
The Buckeyes took a 2-1 lead in the second inning after freshman Tre' Gantt led things off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Craig Nennig. It was the last run Ohio State would score for quite a while.
Shawaryn settled in, allowing just the two runs on six hits in seven innings of work. The New Jersey native, who was recently named to USA Baseball's collegiate national team, struck out eight while sitting in the low-90s on the gun.
Maryland notched three runs in the third, one in the fourth, and three in the fifth in chasing Tully from the game. At the bottom of the order, left fielder Tim Lewis singled three times in five at-bats, driving and scoring two runs, and center fielder Kengo Kawahara singled and doubled, plating three runs of his own.
Comfortably leading 8-2 going into the eight inning, the Terps tacked five more on the board, ending a scoreless streak by the Buckeyes bullpen that had spanned 23 innings. Sophomore Jose Cuas, Lewis, Kawahara, and first baseman LaMonte Wade all drove in runs for Maryland against Buckeye relievers John Havird and Shea Murray.
Ohio State did put up two of their own in the bottom of the eighth thanks to an RBI single by sophomore L Grant Davis that scored Gantt, and a fielder's choice by senior Pat Porter that brought Davis home three batters later. But it was all the Buckeyes' offense could muster on a night when they fell at home once again.
Shawaryn notched his Big Ten-leading 11th win of the season for the Terps, who improved to 34-16 overall. The two sides will take the field again at Bill Davis Stadium on Saturday afternoon at 3:05 p.m. ET. Sophomore Travis Lakins (3-3, 3.55 ERA) will be on the bump for Ohio State against Maryland junior lefty Robert Galligan (2-3, 2.27).