April 24, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team used its powerful offense Wednesday to take both games in a midweek doubleheader vs. Delaware State. The Terps won game one, 11-0 and game two, 12-3, both in five innings.
The Terrapins (27-23, 9-6 ACC) outhit Delaware State (15-31, 7-6 MEAC), 20-10, and outscored the Hornets 23-3. All nine Terps that had an at-bat notched a hit.
With her four RBI Wednesday, freshman Lindsey Schmeiser has 53 on the season. She is second on Terps' list for RBI in a season. The record is 56, set by current assistant coach Amber Jackson in 2007.
In the first game, Maryland started the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the first. Sara Acosta hit a one-out single, then Lindsey Schmeiser walked. They advanced on a wild pitch and Shannon Bustillos doubled to score one. Two batters later, Lexi Carroll reached on an error to add another, then Melissa Mancuso brought in the third run off a groundout.
The Terps tacked on one more in the bottom of the second. Amanda McCann singled up the middle, then stole second and third, and scored off a passed ball to make it 4-0.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Terps' offense exploded for seven runs. Bridget Hawvermale led off with a bunt single, then McCann drew a walk. They stole second and third, then Lindsey Schmeiser drove them both in with a single. She stole second, then moved ahead on a passed ball. Bustillos drew a walk for runners on the corners, then she and Schmeiser stole a base to make it 7-0. Candice Beards singled to bring in Bustillos, then Carroll was hit by a pitch for two on again. Mancuso singled to load the bases for Juli Strange, who doubled to right to score two more. Strange eventually scored on a passed ball for the 11th run.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Schmeiser continued her dominance in the circle with four hits, no runs and no walks allowed in her 5.0 innings.
The Hornets came out swinging to start the second game. Chloe Oro and Nicole Gazzolla singled, then Ashley Bennett homered to center for a 3-0 lead in the top of the first.
Maryland answered back with four runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead. McCann drew a leadoff walk. Next, Acosta reached on an error and McCann moved to third. Lindsey Schmeiser drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Bustillos put the Terps on the board with a sac fly, then Acosta stole home late on the play for a 3-2 game. Strange singled and went to second on the throw to score Schmeiser. Beards singled and went to second to score Strange for the lead.
In the bottom of the second, McCann led off with a base hit to right. She stole second, then scored off a double down the left field line by Schmeiser. Bustillos brought in Schmeiser on a base hit to left. Carroll smashed a home run that stayed just inside the left field foul pole to make it 8-3. Strange singled, then Beards doubled and went to third to score Strange.
In the bottom of the third, Mancuso doubled to lead off. Acosta was hit by a pitch to put two on. Bustillos hit a sac fly and Schmeiser was able to score from second on the throw. Bustillos reached on an error and Acosta scored to make it 11-3. The Terps tacked on one more run in the bottom of the fourth. Strange got to third on an error in left field, then scored off a sac bunt by Hawvermale.
Freshman Madison Martin pitched 4.0 innings in game one. She allowed the three-run homer in the first, but settled down to allow just three hits after that. Carroll came on to pitch the final inning and retired all three Hornets in order.
Next, the Terrapins will host North Carolina (34-15, 10-5) for a three-game series this weekend in the Terps' home finale. They will play a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. All three games will be shown on TerpsTV Premium for a fee. For live updates, log on to https://twitter.com/TerpsSoftball.