By Daniel Chavkin
The Maryland softball team split a double header with Dartmouth on Wednesday, taking game one yet falling in game two.
In the first game, Maryland had to come from behind to win. Down 6-2 in the fourth inning, the Terps scored eight runs to pull ahead 10-6. Out of those eight runs, seven were scored on three separate home runs in the inning. After both teams added two runs, Maryland scored eight runs in the bottom of the sixth including a three run, walk-off home run by senior catcher Shannon Bustillos to ignite the mercy rule. The final score was Maryland 18, Dartmouth 8.
The star of game one was sophomore shortstop Kylie Datil who hit two home runs and totaled three RBIs. Junior second baseman Corey Schwartz, and senior first basemen Mandy Gardner both added a home run of their own. Senior pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser may have let up six earned runs but her team’s offense helped her earn her 14th win of the season.
The second game of the night saw a different Maryland team. After Dartmouth took a 5-0 lead in the third, Maryland answered back with five runs of their own in the fourth inning to tie the game. However, Dartmouth would go on to add three more runs over the next three innings and take the game 8-5.
Dadil continued her strong performance with her third home run of the night, and junior outfielder Lindsey Schmeiser had a solo home run as well. Sophomore pitcher Hannah Dewey took the loss even though she only let up one earned run. Dewey came out of relief for Maryland to finish both ends of the double header.
Maryland hosts Ohio State for a three game series over the weekend as they play their first home Big Ten games.