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Softball: Ohio State wins two of three against Maryland

Ohio State then-junior shortstop Lilli Piper rounds third base with the intent to score against Wright State on Sep. 24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The Lantern

The Ohio State softball team came away with two wins and one loss on the road against Maryland. The Buckeyes are now 19-10 on the year and 4-1 in Big Ten.

Game One

The Buckeyes suffered their first Big Ten loss of the season in a 3-2 defeat to the Terrapins in the first game of the three-game series.

Senior left fielder Bri Betschel put Ohio State on board first, scoring off an RBI sacrifice fly by senior catcher Emily Clark. Maryland tied the score at 1-1 on a sacrifice bunt.

Sophomore designated player Kallie Boren then scored for the Buckeyes from a single by sophomore infielder Kallie Boren through the right side. In the sixth inning, Maryland turned the table with an RBI single and secured the win off an Ohio State error.

Game Two

Ohio State redeemed itself following its first conference loss, handedly beating Maryland 10-1 via run-rule, which stopped the game after five innings.

Seven players recorded a hit, with Boren recording two while also earning two runs, both of which tied career highs. Senior shortstop Lilli Piper matched her season highs with three RBI and two runs.

Sophomore pitcher Lauren Rice recorded her 10th win of this season, allowing three hits and zero earned runs in five innings of work.

Game Three

Ohio State won the third game in dominating fashion, defeating Maryland 15-3.

The Buckeyes finished the game with 17 hits, finishing the game with a .486 batting average and .714 slugging percentage.

Rice opened and closed the first inning on strikeouts. In the first inning, Ohio State first got on board in the second inning, with freshman third baseman Ashley Prange bringing in a pair after  doubling down the left field line.

After the fourth inning, Ohio State earned a 7-2 lead. The lead extended to 10-3 in the fifth inning, then the Buckeyes scored five runs in the seventh inning on six hits, including a two-RBI double by sophomore infielder Megan McMenemy.

Ohio State will continue its road trip in Wednesday when it takes on Pittsburgh at 4 p.m.

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