Maryland softball splits doubleheader against Rutgers

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Maryland softball (15-23) split its doubleheader against Rutgers (8-30) on Friday.

In game one, the Terps fell short 3-1. Senior pitcher Jennifer Brann recorded her sixth loss of the season only allowing two hits in a complete game. Maryland’s bats struggled to support Brann in the game one loss.

Sophomore left fielder Campbell Kline knocked a homer over the right field fence in the fourth inning, the sole run for the Terps. The team’s only other hit came from senior right fielder JoJo McRae. Sophomore pitcher Ashley Hitchcock stymied Maryland’s lineup throughout with five strikeouts.

In the sixth inning, graduate student short stop Kiana Workman tied the game at one with a home run to right center field. The Scarlet Knights took their first lead of the game as graduate center fielder Hailey Hoklotubbe scored after sophomore catcher Kiersten Withstandley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.

Adding another insurance run, graduate student left fielder Anyssa Iliopoulos hit a sacrifice fly to center fielder, which allowed sophomore third baseman Payton Lincavage to cross home plate.

In game two, the Terps bounced back defeating Rutgers 5-0. Sophomore pitcher Courtney Wyche recorded the win with three strikeouts, three walks and only allowed three hits.

In the first inning, freshman center fielder Jaeda McFarland scored off a sacrifice fly from freshman short stop Michaela Jones. The Terps tacked on four more runs in the third inning.

Jones hit a three run home run to increase Maryland’s lead to 4-0. Freshman left fielder Megan Mikami (2-3) followed up Jones’ home run with her own home run over the right field fence.

Rutgers’ graduate student pitcher Izzy Berouty recorded the loss, as Maryland’s bats jumped on her early with an explosive third inning.

The Scarlet Knights’ offense was pretty quiet again with only a total of three hits in the game. All three of the hits were singles, one each from graduate student first baseman Gabrielle Callaway, freshman designated player Leilani Chavez and freshman pinch hitter Kayla Bock.

The Terps took down the Scarlet Knights 6-2 in game three and will look to capture the series victory in the series finale Sunday at noon.