Before the Maryland softball team’s (18-28, 7-8 Big Ten) three-game series with Michigan (36-7, 11-1), senior infielder Jacqui Pascual said the key to Maryland’s success would lie with its offense.
“I feel like we just need to keep our bats alive and keep working together,” Pascual said.
However, the weekend did not begin the way the Terps had hoped. Maryland’s bats were quieted in the opener, managing only a single hit in the 6-0 loss. Senior captain Sky Ellazar broke up the no-hitter with a bunt single in the sixth.
Michigan ace Meghan Beaubien was dominant in her twenty-sixth win of the season, allowing only Ellazar’s single and one other baserunner, as freshman Hannah Eslick reached on a throwing error by the shortstop in the fifth. Ellazar advanced to second on a wild pitch, but the Terps’ only scoring opportunity was quickly dimmed when a groundout ended the inning.
Beaubien is the conference leader in ERA. She entered the game with a miniscule .081 ERA, which she lowered to .077 after Friday. She has been even more effective against conference opponents, pitching to a .057 ERA.
Freshman Ryan Denhart also pitched a complete game, allowing six runs on five hits in six innings. Two of the runs were unearned, and Maryland committed three errors on the day.
Maryland will look to rebound on Saturday and snap Michigan’s 12-game winning streak. The Terps are likely to face senior pitcher Tera Blanco, who owns a 1.33 ERA, second in the conference.
The game in Ann Arbor begins at 2 p.m.