COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland knocked off its third ranked opponent of the season Saturday afternoon, topping #18 Michigan 2-1 in front of a record crowd at Maryland Softball Stadium. Senior Hannah Dewey and redshirt senior Madison Martin were fantastic from the circle, as the duo combined for seven innings while allowing just one run to the visiting Wolverines.
“The fans were incredible, they fed the energy of our team,” said head coach Julie Wright who earned her 200th career victory as a head coach. “I’m telling you, without them today I don’t know if we would have won that game. I was so excited to have such a great fan base here. They were just tremendous...I was just really pleased with our pitching staff. Hannah Dewey gave us a great start and Madison gave us a great finish.”
Dewey earned the win, hurling six shutout innings before Michigan got on the board in the top of the seventh. Martin came through clutch with no outs and runners on first and second, first getting a runner out on a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Michigan’s Lindsay Montemarano blooped a single right in front of Destiney Henderson in right field. After the runner at third hesitated, she broke for home but was tagged out after Henderson’s throw reached Kristina Dillard in time to make the play.
With two outs, Martin delivered one of her signature ground ball pitches, forcing a dribbler to Juli Strange at third who clinched the win with a throw over to first. Strange was the offensive catalyst for Maryland on the day, scoring both runs for Maryland. She doubled to lead off the game in the first, before a single from freshman Anna Kufta drove her in for an early 1-0 Terrapin lead.
The Valencia, Calif. native flashed her power in the bottom of the fifth, launching a ball over the center field fence for her second home run of the year. The homer gave Maryland a 2-0 lead, as Dewey and Martin took care of business down the stretch.
The win marked Maryland’s first victory over Michigan since joining the Big Ten, and the Terps will try and take the series when the teams meet again tomorrow at Maryland Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network and streamed on BTN2GO at 1:00 pm.
- Head coach Julie Wright earned her 200th career victory as a head softball coach with today'ss win over Michigan.
-Today’s attendance of 1,015 fans was a Maryland Softball Stadium record. The mark tops the stadium’s previous record of 973 set last season on April 2, 2016. It is the first time the stadium has eclipsed 1,000 fans.
-Maryland has now defeated three ranked opponents in the same season for the first time since 2010
-This is Maryland’s first win over Michigan since joining the Big Ten and the first win in the head-to-head series since February 17, 2012.