Maryland softball handles Wisconsin 12-2 to open series

By Michael Parker

Maryland rolled in its first game of a three-game series with the Wisconsin Badgers at Goodman Softball Complex in Madison, Saturday. 

The Terps put on a scoring clinic with a dominant 12-2 victory. The scoring began with a 5-run third inning, following two Wisconsin errors and poured it on in the sixth and seventh innings.

Maryland pitcher Courtney Wyche pitched a complete game, allowing just 5 hits and 2 earned runs.

Despite showing signs of fatigue and walking 6 batters, she finished her stellar performance with 13 strikeouts on 143 pitches. 

Wisconsin had chances to get back in the game, but could not take advantage. Hilary Blomberg had a standup double in the bottom of the fourth. 

With two on and two outs, Brooke Kuffel got a hit that advanced the runners. A strikeout by Emily Bojan stranded them, ending the inning. 

In the fifth inning, back-to-back wild pitches advanced a Badgers runner to third base. Wyche was able to get regain control and close out the inning.

The Terps had a 6 run seventh inning which began with a Diamond Williams single to center field. Sammi Woods had an RBI single. Jaida McFarland reached base on an error by the Badgers first baseman, which led to two runs scoring.

Sydney Lewis also drove in two runners to cap off a scoring onslaught by the Terps, enroute to the 12-2 victory.