April 3, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team used its bat power and steady pitching Wednesday for two wins over Coppin State at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. The Terps won game one, 9-0, in five innings and withstood a late rally in game two to win 7-3.
Sophomore Liana Newton hit her first career home run as she went 4-for-6 on the night with five RBI and a triple.
In game one, Maryland (19-18, 4-2 ACC) got on the board first. Sara Acosta beat out a bunt to get on, then moved to third when Lindsey Schmeiser got on by an error. Candice Beards brought Acosta across the plate with a sac fly to center.
The Terps made it 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the second. Amanda McCann singled through the left side to score Nikki Maier, who had gotten on with an infield single. Acosta singled to center to score Juli Strange, who had walked to get on.
Strange led off the bottom of the fourth with a double off the leftfield wall, then McCann brought her in with a base hit to right. Acosta got on with another bunt single for runners on the corners, and Lindsey Schmeiser smacked one to left to make it 5-0. Beads got on with a single to load the bases, and Newton stepped up to score all three runs off a huge hit to center. Melissa Mancuso brought in Newton with a sac fly to make it 9-0 after four.
In her five innings of work, sophomore pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser allowed two hits, two walks with two strikeouts to hole the Eagles scoreless in the first game.
In game two, McCann manufactured the Terps run in the bottom of the first. She got on with a bunt single, then went to second on an error by the Eagles when she tried to steal. She stole third, then went home on another Eagles error trying to throw her out at second. With a runner on first, Newton ripped her first career home run to right for a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, Mancuso got on with a bunt single, then Corey Schwartz bunted her to second. She moved to third on a fly ball to right by Strange. McCann was hit by a pitch for runners on the corners. Mancuso stole home as McCann stole second for a 4-0 lead. McCann stole third, then Acosta drew a walk for two on with two outs for Lindsey Schmeiser. She sent her eighth home run of the year to center to make it 7-0 after two.
Coppin State (8-17, 3-3 MEAC) scored its run in the top of the fourth. Cheyenne Gerber drew a leadoff walk, then was bunted to second and went to third on a base hit. Victoria Lopez made it 7-1 with another sacrifice bunt.
The Eagles added two more runs in the top of the seventh. With runners on second and third with no outs, the Terrapins forced an out at home on a fielder's choice, Nicole Boggs score one run. With the bases loaded and one out, McCann caught a foul ball in left for the second out, but another run would score off an error. Freshman Madison Martin struck out Lauren Rogers with two on for the final out.
Martin finished her complete game performance with six hits, two earned runs and 10 strikeouts.
Next, the Terrapins will play a three-game series at NC State (15-16-1, 3-5). They will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. Gametracker live stats will be available. For live updates, log on to https://twitter.com/TerpsSoftball.