Maryland Softball shutout by Baylor following Trinity Schlotterbeck’s perfect game

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By Sununu Bah

No. 23 Maryland Softball (9-2) was shutout 0-5 by No. 22 Baylor Bears (9-1) in its second matchup Saturday after a perfect 10-0 victory against Texas A&M Commerce (2-9) in the first game of the Baylor Invitational. 

Baylor’s Dariana Orme had a no-hitter and set a career-high eleven strikeouts, besting her career-high of 10, which she set last week against Stephen F. Austin in the Getterman Classic.

Baylor’s Dariana Orme had four straight strikeouts, striking out four of the first five Terps hitters she faced before Trinity Schlotterback canceled the streak in the top of the second with a walk after four balls.

Maryland finished the game with only two runners on base, the first after Schlotterbeck’s walk and the second after an error on the Bears against Taylor Liguori in the third. 

Both teams came into the matchup hot. 

Baylor came in with a four-game winning streak where they took down both the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners, 4-3, and Army in a 7-0 shutout in the Getterman Classic on Sunday. 

Maryland went into the matchup fresh off a seven-game winning streak in which they began taking down No. 3 Oklahoma State, 11-6, on February 12. Schlotterbeck pitched the first Maryland perfect game on Friday against Texas A&M Commerce since 2013 as she struck out eight of the Commerce batters, one shy of her career-high.

Shaylon Govan gave the Bears a 4-0 cushion in the third inning. Govan shook-off a first-inning strikeout and hit a rocket to center field, allowing Amber Toven and Taylor Strain to score. 

Govan finished 2-for-3 on the day with one homerun and 5th inning base hit.

Baylor got two on base with a hit and error in the fifth inning after Nicole Bodeux checked in the 5th inning for Courtney Wyche. Toven scored from third base after briefly hesitating a run to home when Bodeux looked her way, extending Baylor’s shut-out to 5. 

Courtney Wyche struggled in her start today, allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Bodeux allowed one hit and one run in the two innings she played.  

Emily Hott scored the first run of the game for Baylor after a drive down the right outfield by Sydney Collazos. Hott initially stole second base right before Collazos’ line-drive. 

Maryland’s biggest play of the game in the fourth inning.

With Baylor’s Taylor Wachtendorf on third base, Megan Mikami prevented a potential run with a diving catch in the left outfield that gave the Terps the third out of the inning.

Maryland will play Minnesota in Waco, Texas, at 11 a.m. Saturday, their first Big Ten opponent of the season.