5/7/23 Maryland softball completes sweep of Illinois

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Senior Trinity Schlotterbeck followed up her terrific performance on Saturday with another superb game. She went 1-for-2 at the plate with a home run, two walks, and a run scored. 

Schlotterbeck also pitched 4.1 innings, striking out four batters and allowing only three hits with no earned runs. She led Maryland to a 6-1 win over Illinois to sweep the series and close out the regular season with 36 wins, the most for the Terps since 2011.  

This was the Terps’ first conference road sweep since 2012 when they were a member of the ACC. 

Coach Mark Montgomery elected to switch between Schlotterbeck and Courtney Wyche in the circle, changing them in and out based on the desired matchup with the hitters. 

Wyche also had a good pitching performance, striking out four batters and only allowing two hits with one earned run. 

Maryland was able to replicate its impressive hitting performance on Saturday with another good outing. The Terps collected 10 hits with Megan Mikami and Mackense Greico both having multiple hits. 

Schlotterbeck got the scoring started for the Terps in the top of the second inning when she smacked a pitch over the fence for her sixth home run of the season. 

Sammi Woods continued Maryland’s big second inning with a liner to deep left field for an RBI double to score Madison Runyan. 

Mikami further added to the score in the second when she dropped a blooper just over the second baseman’s head for a single to score Woods and extend Maryland’s lead to 3-0.

The Terps tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Greico had an RBI single up the middle to drive in Mikami. 

Amelia Lech then smashed a two-run homer, her fifteenth of the season, on the next at-bat to give Maryland a comfortable 6-0 lead. 

The Fighting Illini finally got on the board in the bottom of the fifth on an Avrey Steiner RBI single up the middle to score Miranda Gallardo.  

However, Illinois was unable to scrap across any more runs and fell to Maryland. 

The Terps will continue their season on Wednesday in the Big Ten Tournament.