The Maryland Terrapins didn’t allow a run in Monday’s 3-0 win against St. John’s, a positive note after Maryland lost both its Sunday games of its home invitational.
Although the matchup with the Red Storm was only added to Maryland’s schedule as of Friday, the 3-0 win boosted the Terps’ record for their first winning weekend of the season.
Madison Martin pitched the entire game for the Terrapins for the third time this season and the second time this weekend.
She allowed just one hit the entire game, coming close to a no-hitter. This was Martin’s second time this season completing a one-hit shutout, the first against Bowling Green last month.
Things started off on the right foot for the Terps against St. John’s when Martin began the first inning by retiring St. John’s batters in order.
Maryland matched its clear defensive advantage in the bottom of the first with an RBI triple from Skylynne Ellazar that scored runners on second and third. Later in the inning, an RBI single sent Ellazar home hot on to extend the lead to 3-0.
Those three early runs gave the Terrapins the advantage they needed to hold the lead for the rest of the game, despite not adding any more.
While the Maryland offense struggled to add more runs despite tallying seven hits, the defense and pitching more than made up for it.
The Red Storm only reached base three times.
A double in the top of the fourth put Lauren Zick on with no outs, giving St. John’s its best opportunity to score. However, the Terps took care of business and tagged her out just two batters later.
St. John’s runners also made it to first on a walk and a fielding error. The error in the top of the seventh, Maryland’s only of the game, carried risky consequences.
Sunday, the Terrapins allowed six runs in the fifth inning against Binghamton, two of which were from errors. A repeat performance could have led to a demoralizing defeat.
Maryland seemed to have learned its lesson, however, and a game-ending double play closed the Red Storm’s window of opportunity.
While the Terrapins didn’t add any more runs of their own after the first inning, they kept a firm grasp on the lead with steady pitching from Martin and making timely plays in the field.
Maryland will face Ohio State next weekend at home, the Terps second consecutive home weekend, and the start of Big Ten play. Ohio State is currently 15-7 and the series will be its season introduction to the Big Ten as well.
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