Overwhelming third-inning buries Maryland despite Strange’s home run

By Sununu Bah

In their first Big Ten matchup of the season, Maryland found themselves struggling to rally after falling behind early.

Despite not making an impact on the scoreboard through the first two innings, Maryland was still well within arm’s reach of their opponent.

After redshirt senior Madison Martin walked and struck out the first two batters in the first inning, Ashley Goodwin lined up a two-out RBI single up the middle that allowed the Buckeyes to score the game’s first run.

However, little did they know that a storm was coming that was going sweep them out of the game.

A five-run third inning doomed the Terps in their 6-2 loss against Ohio State.

In the third inning off of a Maryland error in which infielder Lilli Piper reached and advanced to third base, senior third baseman Anna Kirk scored her second run of the game. Later, as the next batter up, second-baseman Emily Clark followed with a line-drive single down the right-field that put Piper on the scoring column.

When a knockout blow was needed for Ohio State, junior outfielder Taylor White delivered.

With two Buckeyes already on base, White stepped up to the plate and popped to straight away center for a three-run home runner, seemingly put an end to the game.

There were however some bright spots for the Terrapins as Juli Strange scored her first home run of the season.

Strange, now a redshirt senior, suffered a torn ACL back in October of 2015 that led to rehabbing for over one-and-half months. Prior to her ACL injury, Strange had also been involved in a scooter accident in October of 2013, suffering a severe concussion injury.

Before it was all said and done, the Terps managed to get one more score on the board in the sixth inning.

Freshman infielder Anna Kufta got things started with a leadoff triple to center. Kufta later scored on a sacrifice fly from catcher Kristina Dillard. 

Maryland will close out the weekend with two more games against Ohio State, starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.