The Maryland softball team (18-30, 7-10 Big Ten) handed over all three games to Michigan this weekend in one of the toughest series matchups they have faced in conference play so far.
Michigan (38-7, 13-1 Big Ten) is one of the most well-rounded teams in the Big Ten. The Wolverines successful season so far put the team at the very top of the rankings in Big Ten batting, pitching and fielding. This weekend was no exception.
With only a lone hit by senior captain Skylynne Ellazar in the bottom of the sixth inning against Michigan on Friday, the Terps needed a boost in their offense to maintain any hope of bringing in a win.
Michigan pitchers Tera Blanco and Sarah Schaefer split Saturday’s game, sporting 2.04 and 1.83 ERAs, respectively. They managed a combined five hits and one earned run in a five inning mercy.
Sophomore third baseman Brigette Nordberg hit her second home run of the season over the centerfield fence in the top of the second inning to provide maryland with its only run of the day.
The Terps’ fielding needed to be strong enough to ward off Michigan’s unrelenting offensive attack. The Wolverines wield two of the top three leaders in conference batting: Blanco and Katie Alexander. Alexander made crucial hits to bring Michigan to the win, including a single to left field and a home run to right center.
Junior pitcher Sydney Golden fell victim to the offensive powerhouse, allowing 12 runs in 12 hits. But a defense riddled with four separate fielding errors in the first two frames made the difference in Michigan bringing home the victory. The Terps lost 12-1.
Though they had already lost the series, Maryland still had a chance to reflect on its mistakes and work towards winning Sunday’s game.
Michigan pitcher Meghan Beaubien proved her 27 win-streak is no mistake as she denied any hits from the Terps. Beaubien tops the conference pitching leaderboard with only a .51 ERA.
Michigan second baseman Faith Canfield kicked off Michigan batting Sunday by notching a homerun to left center at the very start of the first inning. This along with a homerun from Lou Allan and several other major hits led the Wolverines to finish what they started and win 6-0.
The Terps will take on Ohio State in Columbus next weekend for another three-game series.