Maryland softball swept in four-game series against No. 22 Michigan

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Maryland (11-17) struggled against Michigan in its weekend series, in Ann Arbor dropping all four games.

In game one on Friday afternoon, the Terps suffered a close 4-2 loss. Senior pitcher Jennifer Brann recorded the loss, struggling with control allowing six hits, four earned runs and didn’t record a strikeout.

Despite junior first baseman Regan Kerr’s home run in the first inning, Maryland couldn’t mount consistent pressure with just two hits as a team. The other sole hit went to freshman pinch hitter Megan Mikami with a single and RBI.

Senior pitcher Meghan Beaubien was dominant on the mound for the Wolverines as she recorded six strikeouts only allowing one earned run in a complete game. The Wolverines picked up several big hits including two home runs and two doubles. Sophomore designated player Lauren Esman was 3-3 including a single, a double and a home run, almost hitting for the cycle. Fifth year right fielder Haley Hoogenraad went 2-3 with a single and a double, a RBI and scored a run.

Maryland’s offense continued to struggle in game two as the Terps dropped game two 2-0. Sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche recorded five strikeouts and three walks, but didn’t receive the necessary run support after a solid outing on the mound. The Terps mounted just three hits, one from freshman center fielder Jaeda McFarland, one from junior second baseman Taylor Okada and one from redshirt sophomore catcher Katie Dustin.

Junior pitcher Alex Storako took command on the mound against Terp batters. Storako had a total of 11 strikeouts and no walks. To back up Storako’s effective pitching, Michigan’s offense was able to produce two runs with a total of five hits.

Building on their success from the first two games, the Wolverines continued to roll in game three with a 5-1 victory. For Maryland, junior Haley Ellefson recorded just one strikeout, while the lineup still struggled to solve Michigan pitching with just three hits.

McFarland, Kerr and junior short stop Ruby Butler each hit a single a piece. Butler scored the lone run in the game off of a fielder’s choice. Although there were four stolen bases in the game, it didn’t prove to help the Terps score when needed.

Beaubien pitched another complete game for the Wolverines, notching five strikeouts. However, Michigan’s offense was also effective with nine hits on the day. In the third inning, Bump slammed a home run over the fence, adding a RBI and run to her statistics. Blair came in clutch with two doubles, a single, a RBI and scored a run.

Michigan continued to display why its the class of the Big Ten in game four with an 8-0 victory in five innings. Maryland’s pitching staff couldn’t stymy Michigan’s lineup as four different Terps pitched in the game. Wyche started it off and recorded another loss with a wild pitch, no strikeouts, two hits and two earned runs. Each pitcher the Wolverines faced, they adjusted and produced hits.

Again, Maryland was pretty silent on the offensive side. The three hits, all of which were singles, in the game went to Okada, sophomore pitcher Tiffany Schlotterbeck and senior pinch hitter Shelby Younkin.

Storako picked up her second win of the series with nine strikeouts and no walks in four innings pitched. Senior pitcher Sarah Schaefer ended the last inning with a strikeout and only one hit.

Michigan was on fire with 12 hits, which included three home runs. Senior first baseman Lou Allen hit two balls over the fence, adding two RBIs and two runs scored to her record. Bump batted 2-2 with a home run, a single and three RBIs. Senior short stop Natalia Rodriguez hit a triple to center field, which scored Blair. Sophomore second baseman Julia Jimenez and junior catcher Hannah Carson each went 2-3 with a single and a double.

Now Maryland returns home for a series against Penn State (4-19). All of the games will be available on BTN Plus.

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