COLUMBUS, Ohio. – Junior LaMonte Wade went 4-for-6 with four RBIs, but the Maryland baseball team fell 13-12 to Ohio State at Bill Davis Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins (34-17, 12-8) fell behind 13-4 after five innings but rallied back with eight unanswered runs. Maryland put the tying run on second in the ninth before freshman Kevin Smith grounded out to end the game.
Ohio State plated two runs in the first. Ronnie Dawson’s two-run double was the key hit as the Buckeyes led 2-0 after one.
Wade nabbed his first two RBIs to tie the game in the second. His two-out single to left plated Jamal Wade and Tim Lewis, who had reached on their own singles.
In the bottom half the inning, Troy Montgomery’s two-RBI triple put the Buckeyes back ahead 4-2. Ohio State added another run in the third before LaMonte Wade singled in freshman Kengo Kawahara in the fourth to make it 5-3.
In the fifth, junior Jose Cuas answered an Ohio State tally in the bottom half of the fourth with an opposite field shot to left. The homer represented Cuas’ ninth of the season.
The Buckeyes did the rest of their scoring in the fifth. A Connor Sabanosh grand slam was the highlight of an inning that saw the home team score seven unearned runs.
Maryland began its comeback attempt in the sixth. Jamal Wade led off the inning with a solo homer to left center before LaMonte Wade just got one out over the fence down the left field line.
The seventh inning saw the Terps put three more across. Sophomore Brandon Lowe reached second on a throwing error before junior Kevin Martir singled up the middle to drive him in.
Consecutive singles from Cuas and junior Anthony Papio brought Jamal Wade to the plate. The freshman grounded into a double play, but Martir scored to make it 13-8. Senior Tim Lewis then doubled to plate Cuas.
Maryland made it a one-run game in the eighth. LaMonte Wade singled before Smith walked. Lowe then ripped a double down the right field line to make it 13-11. Lowe then stole third before scoring on a Cuas groundout.
In the ninth, Lewis stroked a one-out single before advancing to second after freshman Kevin Biondic was hit by a pitch. LaMonte Wade then flied out before Smith grounded out to end the game.
Maryland notched 17 hits and now has 36 over the first two games of the series.
The Terrapins return to action at 1:05 p.m. Sunday against the Buckeyes. Freshman Brian Shaffer will be on the hill for Maryland.