By Sununu Bah
A five-run second inning gave Maryland (22-5) a sizable lead that it never looked back from in their 7-3 win over Texas Tech (25-8) on Saturday.
Maryland’s Michaela Jones began the scoring bonanza, crushing her first homerun of the season to left center.
Freshman Sammi Woods followed up Jones’ run with a double in left where left fielder Kailey Wyckoff couldn’t corral the ball in time, allowing sophomore Kamryn Davis to score.
Amelia Lech continued the hot hitting with a double that advanced Woods to third base. Sydney Lewis’ single drove Woods home. Kline ran for Lewis and stole second base. She advanced to third and Lech scored the fourth run for the Terps after Meghan Mikami’s RBI single.
After Mikami got caught stealing second base, Goff hit an RBI double that gave Kline a score, the fifth and final score of the inning.
The Red Raiders had three errors in the inning as well and finished with five. Texas Tech also changed pitchers two times in the inning but it did not stop the bleeding.
Texas Tech had defeated Maryland Friday evening 6-1 in their second game of the Capital City Classic and had won 10 straight games. The Red Raiders had 54 home runs on the season.
Before the sixth inning, the Red Raiders were staring down a scoreless game. A three-run homer by Ellie Bailey put Texas Tech on the board.
The Red Raiders had not allowed more than one run in three straight games, all in the Capital City Classic.
Mikami advanced twice after her single in the fourth inning due to a passed ball. Goff was next up to hit and walked onto first base. The base hit, advancement and walk setup Jaeda McFarland’s double that gave both Mikami and Goff scores to put Maryland up 7-0.
Courtney Wyche bested Trinity Schlotterbeck’s career-high 10 strikeouts with 11 of her strikeouts of her own. Wyche added four fly outs and four ground outs and allowed only four hits on the night. Wych pitched her fourth complete game of the season.
Goff had good base running in the first inning. Goff stole second base and advanced to third after the ball hit her hand as she slid on the second base and rolled into center field. The play she made didn’t lead to any runs however. Mackense Greico, who was the hitter when Goff stole the bases, struck out.
Maryland’s final games of the tournament were canceled due to cold weather.