EVANSTON, Ill. – Maryland scored five runs in the fifth inning, while getting a clutch performance from redshirt senior pitcher Madison Martin in the closing innings to pick up a 5-4 win Sunday against Northwestern. The win was the first in Big Ten play for the Terps, as the team now moves to 8-28-1 (1-8 B1G) on the season.
The second inning proved critical for the Terps in the game at Drysdale Field, as the squad batted through the order to open up a 5-1 lead over the hosts. Skylynne Ellazar got the ball rolling with a one-out double, followed up by a single to right field from Hannah Dewey to put runners on the corners.
Kristina Dillard then came up to the plate, and mashed a double to left center to increase her team-lead in RBIs (21) and give her squad a 2-1 edge. Maryland was then the beneficiary of three Northwestern errors, as Dillard, Sarah Calta and Jordan Aughinbaugh all scored after a series of defensive miscues.
A hard line out finally got the Wildcats out of the inning, but the Terps came away with a 5-1 advantage.
Northwestern made a stand in the third, scoring three run on a two-RBI home run from Anna Petersen and a RBI single from Brooke Marquez. Dewey escaped the jam with a line out, as the Terps clung to a 5-4 lead with four innings to go.
Martin stepped into the circle to record the final 12 outs of the game, and found herself in three consecutive tight situations in the fourth, fifth and sixth inning. With runners on second and third with two outs in the fourth, she sat down the Wildcat batter to escape the jam. She then followed it up with back-to-back bases loaded strikeouts with two outs, preserving the one-run lead into the seventh.
The Edmund, Okla. native kept things drama-free to close the game, retiring the side in order to push the Terps to their first conference win of the year. Maryland will look to build off the win next weekend when the team hosts Michigan for a three-game series in College Park.