COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland came up just short in a back-and-forth slug fest with Michigan State Saturday, dropping a 15-12 contest in the teams’ regular season finale. The game featured 27 hits and five lead changes, as a three-run seventh from the Spartans made the difference.
Maryland honored its three seniors Skylynne Ellazar, Destiney Henderson and Jacqui Pascual, in addition to junior Mikayla Werahiko (who used her final year of eligibility) in a pregame ceremony before the game.
After a pair of early runs from the Spartans, the Terrapin bats came in alive in the bottom of the second. Bailey Boyd got the ball rolling on a RBI double to left center, before a RBI single from Henderson tied the game at two. A RBI walk from Anna Kufta and Brigette Nordberg single would push the lead to 4-2, before the visitors escaped the inning.
A three-run third put Michigan State back ahead 5-4, but the hosts answered right back in the bottom half with a five-run frame. A Henderson triple, her first of the season, made way for two runs for the Terps to retake the lead. Kassidy Cross then delivered her second home run of the season with two on, pushing the Maryland advantage to 9-5 through three.
The lead wouldn’t last, as Michigan State rallied to tie in the top of the fourth. On cue, the Maryland offense answered back with a three-hit three-run inning to go up 12-9.
Maryland couldn’t hold off the Spartans in the later innings, as the visitors tacked on six between the sixth and seventh to get up 15-12. Maryland got a little two-out rally going with two singles in the bottom of the seventh, but a line drive was caught to end the game.
Regardless of the loss, Maryland has still clinched a berth in the upcoming 2018 Big Ten Softball Tournament in Madison Wisconsin. Seeding information will be released Sunday.