COLLEGE PARK, Md. – 18th-ranked Michigan used a seventh-inning rally to clinch a 4-3 victory over Maryland Sunday in the series finale between the two squads at Maryland Stadium. A RBI-single from Christner and sacrifice fly from Courtney Richardson made the difference, as the Wolverines went ahead late to earn the one-run victory and improve to 31-9-1 (10-2 B1G) on the season. Maryland now stands 9-30-1 and 2-10 in the Big Ten.
The Terps had the visitors on the ropes late, after a two-out rally in the fifth inning pushed them to a 3-2 advantage. With Madison Martin on first, Kassidy Cross kept the inning alive with a single to right center to bring senior Sarah Calta to the plate. Callta came through for the Terps big time, knocking a deep triple to right center to bring in both base runners.
It was one of two hits for Calta on the day, as she also converted with a single to left field to give the Terps a chance to tie in the bottom of the seventh. Michigan ace Megan Betsa came through for the Wolverines, ending the game with one of her 12 strikeouts on the afternoon.
After Michigan took the lead I the second, Maryland answered in the fourth off the bat of redshirt Juli Strange, who sent her second home run of the weekend over the left field wall. Michigan temporarily retook the lead in the top of the fifth, after a RBI single from Tera Blanco made it 2-1.
Maryland will return to competition Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader at Rutgers.