A bad weekend for the Ohio State baseball team got even worse on Sunday as Maryland came back in the ninth inning for its second straight walk-off win, 5-4, and a sweep of the three-game series. The Terrapins faced a 4-2 deficit down to their final three outs, but the wheels came off for the Buckeyes much as they did on Friday night.
Ohio State has now lost four games in a row and sits 2-4 in Big Ten play.
Yianni Pavlopoulos relieved senior Michael Horejsei after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, and was unable to record an out. Pavlopoulos, who also took the loss in Friday night's extra innings affair, has now blown three straight saves.
Maryland walked three times and notched three hits in the ninth, with center fielder Anthony Papio tying the game with a two-run single and catcher Dan Maynard delivering a bases loaded RBI single to end it.
Papio went 2-for-4 on the day, driving in three runs for the Terps, and shortstop Kevin Smith scored three runs. Buckeye third baseman Nick Sergakis was the only player in scarlet and gray to have more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with an RBI.
After yielding just one run combined in Friday's doubleheader, Maryland sent its ace, junior Mike Shawaryn, to the mound looking for the sweep. A first-team All-American a season ago, Shawaryn has struggled at times this year, and on Sunday Ohio State took advantage. The righty allowed four runs on five hits in 6.1 innings, striking out 10 and walking three.
The Buckeyes scratched scheduled starter Adam Niemeyer and gave the ball to Ryan Feltner instead. The freshman right-hander pitched well, giving up just one run on two hits in 4.1 innings of work. Feltner struck out five while walking only one.
Shawaryn breezed through the first two innings, but in the third, Ohio State got on the board. L. Grant Davis drew a walk and, after a sacrifice bunt by Craig Nennig moved him to second, came around to score on a double off the wall in left by Troy Montgomery. Montgomery would make it 2-0 when he scored on a single by Sergakis two batters later.
The Terps got one back in the fifth when a leadoff walk to Smith came back to bite Feltner. Smith moved to second on a wild pitch and then cut the lead in half on a double by Papio. Senior Daulton Mosbarger relieved and ended the threat.
In the seventh, the Buckeyes touched up Shawaryn for one more to extend the lead to 3-1. Jalen Washington led off with a double to left-center and abruptly stole third, his team-leading 11th stolen base of the season. Three batters later, Nennig dropped a safety squeeze bunt and Washington was able to score, ending Shawaryn's day.
Reliever Robert Galligan was unable to get out of the jam without further damage. A walk to Montgomery loaded the bases and a ground ball to third by Jacob Bosiokovic couldn't be turned into a double play, allowing Davis to score his second run of the game and push the lead out to 4-1.
Sophomore Seth Kinker came on out of the bullpen in the bottom of the seventh and gave up a leadoff homer to Smith, but quickly regrouped and struck out the side.
Horejsei pitched a scoreless eighth before walking the leadoff man in the ninth and giving way to Pavlopoulos, and was charged with the first of the Terps' three runs in that frame.
Ohio State will be back home for a two-game midweek series against Morehead State on Tuesday and Wednesday.