Maryland Softball Sweeps Wisconsin in Dramatic Final Game: Terps Secure 4-3 Victory in Extra Innings

By Michael Parker

The Maryland softball team completes the sweep of Wisconsin in their final regular season game of the season with a 4-3 victory.

This sweep marks the first Big Ten sweep of the season for Maryland capping a dominant three game stretch. It is the third time this season the terps have won three or more games in a row.

The extra inning game on Sunday was tight until the very end with no team ever claiming a multi-run lead. 

There were no runs scored in the first two innings, but things picked up on a Badgers RBI single in the bottom of the third.

The Terps would take the lead in the top of the very next inning on a Sammi Woods single to left field while the bases were loaded to drive in 2 runs and give them a 2-1 lead. 

A sacrifice fly form the Badgers in the bottom of the sixth would even things out at 2-2, followed by a scoreless seventh inning to send the game into extras. 

In the top of the eighth, Michaela Jones would drive in runner Mazie Macfarlane on a single to center. The Badgers would answer with an RBI single, tying that game at 3-3 in the bottom of the inning. Jaeda McFarland would make a crucial catch to save the game late for the Terps.

Mazie MacFarlane gave the Terps the go-ahead run on an RBI single in the top of the ninth, giving the Terps a 4-3 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Julia Shearer allowed a run into scoring position but was able to get out of it and secure the victory for the Terps. 

Terps pitcher Courtney Wyche posted a dominant outing, striking out 9 batters and only allowing 2 earned runs. Wyche finished the season with 231 strikeouts which ranks seventh most for a single season in Terp history.

The Terps are set to face Penn State on Wednesday at 4:30 in round 1 of the Big Ten Tournament.