EAST LANSING, Mich. – Maryland managed seven hits and scattered three runs, but couldn’t keep pace with Michigan State as the Spartans took the series opener 11-3 Friday.
Michigan State struck first in the game at Sesschia Stadium, as both teams braved rainy and cold conditions from the first pitch. A three-run first inning set the tone for the Spartans, with a two-run double from Sarah Gutknecht and McKenzie Long RBI single providing the offense.
Maryland got on the board in the third, after a pair of leadoff singles and a walk had the bases loaded with no outs. A fielder’s choice from Skylynne Ellazar would generate a run, before a two-out single through the right side from Hannah Dewey got another across for the Terps in the inning.
UMD would go on to tie the game in the top of the fourth, after again loading the bases and getting Sami Main across on an error. Michigan State would regain control in the bottom of the inning, using four hits to score four runs to go back up, 7-3.
The hosts finished things off in the ensuing fifth and sixth innings, scoring four more runs to clinch the win in six innings. The teams will return to the field tomorrow to play the second leg of the weekend series at 1 pm.