After dropping two midweek games this week, Maryland will return home for a three-game series with Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (21-17) posses a better overall than Maryland (18-20) but are in tenth place in the Big Ten with a 4-5 conference record. Conversely, Maryland is tied for sixth at 5-4.
Offensively, Ohio State relies on the bats of senior Brady Cherry and junior Dominic Canzone. Canzone is hitting .360 with a team-high nine home runs and 27 RBIs. Cherry is hitting .322 with eight home runs and 31 RBIs. This duo has started every game for the Buckeyes this year, so getting them out should be a point of emphasis for the Terps pitching staff.
On the mound, the Buckeyes will likely throw the same three pitchers they have been using for their conference series’: Garrett Burhenn, Seth Lonsway, and Griffan Smith. Burhenn, a freshman right-hander from Indianapolis, is Ohio State’s ace. He is an impressive 5-1 with a 3.16 ERA. Lonsway, the usual Saturday starter, also has impressive numbers. He currently has a 5-3 record with a 3.88 ERA.
The Terps will presumably roll with Hunter Parsons, Zach Thompson, and Trevor Labonte on the bump as they have been for their weekend series. Maryland has won all three of its Friday Big Ten games and a large part of that is the excellence of Parsons.
After scoring double-digit runs in two of their three games last weekend, the Terps will need to find their groove at the plate again if they want to beat the Buckeyes. They were held to just six runs combined in the two losses this week.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park. The game can be heard on the Maryland Baseball Network.
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