By Daniel Bernstein
After a weekend sweep of Penn State, Maryland Softball took a step back as the team lost both games of a doubleheader to Rutgers.
In the first game, Rutgers came from behind to beat the Terrapins 6-5. Maryland held a 5-2 lead after a Shannon Bustillos homer kick started a four-run fourth inning, but Rutgers chipped away to set up a dramatic finale.
Down 5-4 headed to the seventh, the Scarlet Knights tied the game with an RBI single up the middle and won it in walk-off fashion after pitcher Hannah Dewey hit one batter to load the bases and hit another to allow the winning run to walk home.
The back end of the doubleheader was not nearly as close, even though the Terrapins jumped out to an early 3-0 lead. Rutgers hit pitchers Hannah Dewey and Brenna Nation hard, and the pair gave up ten runs in three and two-thirds innings of work. The final score of the game was 11-3.
One bright spot on an otherwise difficult day for the Terps was Lindsey Schmeiser, who hit her 27th career home run to move her into a tie with Beth Radford for the all-time Maryland record.
Maryland will face Michigan this weekend in College Park.