Maryland softball faces Rutgers for an away series

Maryland softball collectively cheers for each other. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.)

Maryland softball (14-22) will face Rutgers (7-29) this weekend for a four-game series. In Piscataway, New Jersey, the two will play a doubleheader on Friday starting at 1 p.m., a single game on Saturday at 12 p.m. and the final game on Sunday at 12 p.m.

The Terps are coming off of a losing series against Nebraska (20-16) with one mercy rule loss. Despite sophomore pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck recording the loss in game one against Nebraska, she is one to keep your eye on.

Look out for lead-off batter freshman center fielder Jaeda McFarland. McFarland batted 3-4 in game three against Nebraska, one of which was a home run during her first at-bat. Junior second baseman Taylor Okada also came in clutch in game three with a RBI single.

Rutgers is also coming off of a loss in a four-game series sweep. Iowa (20-16) dominated Rutgers with two mercy-rule wins. However, Rutgers is looking to improve its .194 record in this home game series against Maryland.

Look out for sophomore pitcher Ashley Hitchcock who came in to relieve graduate student pitcher Izzy Berouty in game three. Hitchcock struck out three Iowa batters and only allowed one walk and one run in 3.2 innings pitched.

Sophomore right fielder Taylor Fawcett batted .750 in game one against Iowa with two singles and a double. Graduate student left fielder Anyssa Iliopoulos also went 3-4, but with three singles and a stolen base. One thing Maryland will need to keep an eye on is Rutger’s speedy runners. In game one against Iowa, Rutgers recorded four stolen bases from four separate players.

Tune in to see these two battle it out on the diamond on BTN Plus.