EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State churned out four runs in the first two innings, and maintained control to earn a 6-2 win in the series finale over Maryland Sunday afternoon. The Terps equalized the Spartans’ hit total at seven, but missed out on a handful of scoring opportunities in the loss.
The Spartans took command early, getting three runs on the board in the first thanks to a RBI single from Kaitlyn Eveland and a two run homer Sarah Gutknecht.
Maryland had a prime opportunity to score in the top of the fourth, after a singles from Anna Kufta and Skylynne Ellazar along with a Kristina Dillard walk loaded the bases. The Terps would only manage to get one across on a Juli Strange walk, as Spartan pitcher Bridgette Rainey worked out of the jam.
The Terps would get one more across in the sixth on another bases loaded situation, after Amanda Brashear drove in Dillard on a ball up the middle. That would be the extent of Maryland’s scoring, as a hard hit ball from Hannah Dewey was collected in left field.
A pair of insurance runs in the fifth sealed the deal for Michigan State, which now stands at 19-11 (3-3 B1G) on the season. Maryland moves to 7-26-1 (0-6 B1G) on the year.