Maryland softball wins final two games of series against Rutgers

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After splitting its doubleheader on Friday, Maryland softball (17-23) came back to win the final two games of the series against Rutgers (8-32) .

On Saturday, Maryland came out with a 6-2 victory. In four innings, sophomore pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck got the win with one strikeout, no walks and allowed only two runs.

In this game, the Terps bats were on fire. In the first inning, senior third baseman Sammie Stefan (2-3) hit a grand slam to center field, giving the Terps an early 4-0 lead and a key spark. Maryland held the lead throughout the game. In the fifth inning, freshman short stop Michaela Jones stroked her own home run to left field. Junior Ruby Butler scored the Terps final run of the game on a bases-loaded walk.

Graduate student pitcher Izzy Berouty struck out one Terp, allowed no walks and gave up five hits. Rutgers was out-hit by Maryland 12-7. Both of the Scarlet Knights runs came in the second inning as graduate student center fielder Hailey Hoklotubbe (2-3) stroked a homer to right field, while sophomore third baseman Payton Lincavage hit an RBI double. After the productive third inning, the Scarlet Knights were quiet.

The Terps were victorious in the final game on Sunday, winning 4-1. Senior pitcher Jennifer Brann recorded her fifth win of the season. She struck out seven Scarlet Knights, only allowing three walks and one hit.

The Terps scored all of their runs in the second inning. Senior right fielder JoJo McRae (2-4) hit a single and advanced to third base due to an error by graduate student left fielder Anyssa Iliopoulos. Redshirt senior left fielder Micaela Abbatine (1-2) scored. The error also allowed junior first baseman Regan Kerr and Jones to score.

Freshman center fielder Jaeda McFarland (2-4) followed with a double to left center field. McRae scored, bringing the score 4-0 Maryland.

Sophomore pitcher Ashley Hitchcock recorded the loss despite striking out five Terps and allowing two walks and six hits. The Scarlet Knights didn’t score until the seventh inning. Lincavage (1-3) hit a single, which scored graduate student short stop Kiana Workman.

Maryland will host Indiana (23-17) May 14-16 in College Park for its last regular season series. All the games will be streamed on BTN Plus.

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