Maryland softball shares first two games of series with Penn State

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Maryland softball resumed the first game of its series with Penn State on Friday after the contest was suspended due to rain the day before.

The Nittany Lions came to bat in the tenth in a tie, 1-1.

Melody Coombs crashed a home run over the wall into left field. Penn State beat Maryland more than 24 hours into the game with another game to play just 30 minutes later.

The Terps defeated the Nittany Lions in their second game of the day. After a defensive battle in Game 1, coach Mark Montgomery’s side came out strong to seal an 8-3 victory.

Maryland opened its conference roster against Penn State in the first of a three-game series Thursday night.

Bailey Parshall started in the Nittany Lions circle – the senior has dominated as her side’s ace this season.

Parshall entered the game with the Terps at 11-3 in over 100 innings of work, with a 1.40 ERA and 0.74 WHIP. Additionally, Parshall ranked in the top 25 among all Division I pitchers in strikeout-to-walk ratio, averaging more than eight strikeouts for every walk thrown.

Parshall’s opposition in the Maryland Circle was Trinity Schlotterbeck. Schlotterbeck has been the workhouse of the Terps’ pitching staff, leading Maryland in appearances and innings pitched.

Parshall and Schlotterbeck started the game their best. Each starter struck out four through three innings, and going into the fourth, both offenses had just one hit.

The pitching duel remained scoreless after five innings. Only six batters reached base before the sixth inning, and none went past second base.

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After Michaela Jones pulled out to start the start of the sixth frame, the game was delayed due to rain in the Beard Field area.

The contest was suspended and resumed on Friday afternoon, before the second game of the series.

The two holders returned to the circle for the resumption of the competition.

Penn State scored the game’s first run after Maryland was unable to score in the top of the sixth inning.

Coombs started the inning with a single and stayed at first after back-to-back flyouts. Coombs stole second place to move into scoring position for Lauren Marcotte.

Marcotte lined up a single to right field and Coombs drove through the house just before the pitch hit receiver Kiley Goff to put Penn State up 1-0.

After the first two Terps were pulled out to start the top of the seventh, Taylor Okada singled out to keep the game alive. Schlotterbeck came up to bat and landed a two-strike double over the head of Maggie Finnegan on the right to score Okada from the first. After being reduced on their last strike, Maryland tied the game at one apiece.

The teams again went scoreless until the tenth.

Coombs hit a solo home run to end Game 1 of the series.

Maryland scored the opener in Game 2 just under an hour after losing in extra innings.

After two scoreless first frames, Mackense Greico put the Terps on the scoreboard with a solo blast to the center field wall top of third for his fourth long ball of the season.

Neither team scored the next two innings as the pitchers took control. Vanessa Oatley has allowed just three hits and a run in five innings. Courtney Wyche struck out five and only three Nittany Lions reached base going into the sixth inning.

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Maryland extended their lead in the top of the sixth inning.

Regan Kerr – pinch shot for Jones – drilled a brace that jumped the wall into right field, scoring Haley Ellefson and Kamryn Davis. Campbell Kline followed with a single to left center to score Kerr, putting Maryland ahead, 4-0.

Later in the inning, RBI singles from Jaeda McFarland and Megan Mikami added to the Terps’ grand total in the sixth.

Maryland added two more runs in the sixth inning thanks to a sack-fly from Merissa Borkowski and a misplayed fly ball from Liana Jones at left that tagged Mikami.

The Terps scored seven runs in the sixth quarter and led 8-0, entering the bottom half of the inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, Ally Kurland hit an opposite field home run on the left wall to put the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard and avoid a mercy loss.

RBI doubles by Amanda Mack and Cassie Lindmark late in the seventh inning cut Maryland’s lead by a few runs. But Wyche allowed no more runs, earning the victory for Terps.

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