Maryland softball wins three out of four against Michigan State

(Photo courtesy of Meghan Curtis).

After a rough couple of weeks, the Terps (11-13) bounced back in a big way defeating the Spartans (7-13) in three out of four games this weekend. It’s the first series win for Maryland since March 11-12 against Purdue.

Because of the projected weather conditions for Sunday, the Terps and the Spartans played a doubleheader on Friday, April 9.

In game one, Michigan State earned its one and only win of the series 2-0. For Maryland, sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche pitched a complete game, with three strikeouts, three walks and one wild pitch, but wasn’t able to get the necessary run support. The Terps finished with five hits, but weren’t able to string consecutive hits together to score runs. Junior first baseman Regan Kerr led Maryland going 2-3 with a single and a double.

Despite the lack of scoring, Maryland showed its prowess on the base paths with three stolen bases one from freshman center fielder Jaeda McFarland, junior second baseman Taylor Okada and senior right fielder JoJo McRae.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Miller led the Spartans to victory with six strikeouts and no walks. The Spartans had a total of three hits, but were still able to come off with the win. Leadoff batter, senior second baseman Catie Ladd went 1-3 with a single and scored a run off of a pass ball. Sophomore pinch runner Brooke Snyder scored the Spartans’ second and final run.

In game two, Maryland came back with a strong win 9-1. Sophomore pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck pitched the full five innings with two strikeouts and only one walk and earned run. After their struggles in the first game, Maryland’s bats came alive led by McFarland who finished 3-3 with a double, a triple and an RBI. Okada also chipped in 3 RBI’s, while Kerr tacked on two hits and two stolen bases.

Building its momentum from game two, Maryland defeated Michigan State 6-1 in game three. Senior pitcher Jennifer Brann was on fire limiting the Spartans to just two hits. The Terps’ speed on the base paths was evident once again as the team finished with five stolen bases helping to set up scoring opportunities. Freshman shortstop Michaela Jones hit a triple, while sophomore left fielder Campbell Kline added one as well.

Maryland’s bats jumped on Miller early as she finished with only one strikeout and allowed four hits. The Spartans circled in sophomore pitcher Sarah Ladd and freshman pitcher Jala Wright to the mound following Miller’s one inning appearance. Both of the Spartans hits came from junior first baseman Mackenzie Meech, but none of the other Spartans could solve Brann.

The final game of the series was the most exciting with Maryland earning a walk-off 5-4 victory. Brann picked up her third win of the season with three strikeouts, only one walk and no hits or runs in two innings pitched. Jones led Maryland with a home run, while McFarland continued her hot series with a triple and two runs scored.

After Michigan State scored four runs in the opening three innings, they were held scoreless the remainder of the game. Ladd got the loss with only one strikeout, two walks and three hits in three innings.

With some momentum Maryland will now to travel to Ann Arbor to face Michigan April 16-18. All four games will be streamed on BTN+.

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