March 24, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team held off Virginia, 6-5, Sunday to complete the series sweep at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. Maryland has now won 17 out of the last 20 meetings vs. the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers (12-15, 1-5 ACC) took the early lead with one run in the top of the second when Taylor Williams hit an RBI single. Maryland (14-16, 3-0) tied it up when freshman Juli Strange hit a solo home run to right center to lead off the bottom of the third.
The Terps broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth with five runs. Nikki Maier, Mandy Gardner loaded the bases with one out off two base hits and a walk. Mancuso sent a base hit to left to break the tie, then Strange hit one as well to make it 3-1. Bridget Hawvermale scored on a throwing error by the Cavaliers to make it 4-1. Sara Acosta singled and Lindsey Schmeiser drew a walk to make it 6-1.
The Cavaliers answered with a four-run top of the fifth. Karli Johnson hit a three-run home run to make it 6-4, then Williams hit a base hit to cut it to one.
Virginia threatened in both the top of the fifth and sixth innings. In the fifth, Marcy Bowdren reached on an error, then went to third on base hit by Megan Harris. Sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser and the Terps' defense held the Cavs scoreless with a pop up, a strikeout and a fly out to center.
In the sixth, Shannon McGinley led off with a double, then went to third on a sacrifice bunt. With the tying run at third, Kaitlyn Schmeiser caught Heidi Velk looking for the second out and Bowdren popped up to end the game.
Freshman Maddie Martin was named ACC Pitcher of the Week Tuesday for the first time in her career. The rookie pitched four complete games over 25.0 innings to lead Maryland in the the circle. She faced 109 batters, giving up just four earned runs and striking out 23 hitters.
After this weekend's games, the Terrapins will welcome Howard (2-11) to College Park for a doubleheader Wednesday at 5 p.m. Live stats will be available and admission will be free. Parking will be free after 4 p.m.