By Katie Christ
A record-breaking double and two home runs were not enough for the Maryland Terrapins Softball team to win their second game in a series against No. 4 Michigan on Saturday, falling 10-2 at home in College Park, Md.
Starting pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser started off strong in the first with an inning-ending strikeout, but ultimately could not compete with Michigan’s outstanding pitching. Michigan’s starting pitcher, Haylie Wagner, was top notch and pitched a complete game, earning seven strikeouts.
The Wolverines got an early lead, gaining three runs in the top of second inning. K. Schmeiser struggled again in the fourth inning, giving up another run. Hannah Dewey came in to replace K. Schmeiser and gave up a two-run home run, extending Michigan’s lead to 6-0.
Offensively, the Terps were quiet until the fourth inning. Catcher Shannon Bustillos hit her ninth home run of the season to center field, cutting the Wolverine’s lead to five. The only other run of the night for the Terps came in the sixth inning when second baseman Corey Schwartz hit her thirteenth home run of the year.
There were some positive moments in Saturday’s loss. The game drew a crowd of 941, the biggest crowd the Maryland Softball Stadium has ever seen. They witnessed history in the fifth inning, when centerfielder Lindsey Schmeiser hit a double to right center. The double was her twentieth of the season, breaking the school record for doubles in a single season.