March 23, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team won both games in a doubleheader vs. ACC opponent Virginia Saturday to clinch the series win. The Terps (13-16, 2-0 ACC) won the first game 6-5 and the second 9-6 at Robert E. Taylor Stadium.
In the first game, freshman Maddie Martin started in the circle. The Cavaliers (12-14, 1-4) took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first off of a Maryland error and two sacrifice flies.
Maryland took the lead with four runs in the bottom of the third. Acosta was hit by a pitch, then scored when Lindsey Schmeiser doubled to center to tie the game. With two runners on, Bustillos sent a three-run homer over the left field wall for a 6-3 lead.
Virginia rallied with two more runs in the top of the sixth off of three hits.
Martin allowed five hits, two earned runs with two walks in her complete game performance.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Schmeiser started in the circle in the second game and sent the Cavaliers down in order in the top of the first. Maryland took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the inning when Lindsey Schmeiser hit a three-run home run.
Virginia scored two runs in the top of the second when Kristen Hawkins tripled down the right field line. The Terps made it a 6-2 game in the bottom of the second with an RBI base hit from Bustillos, then two runs off a Cavaliers' error.
Hawkins hit an RBI double for Virginia to make it 6-3 in the top of the fourth, then Karli Johnson made it 6-4 in the top of the fifth off another RBI single.
Bustillos led off the bottom of the sixth with a double, then Bria Taylor came on to pinch run. Taylor went to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a passed ball to make it 9-4. Virginia added two runs off two doubles in the top of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to take the lead.
The Terrapins and the Cavaliers will play a single game Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Gametracker live stats will be available and the game will be shown live online for a fee at http://www.nmnathletics.com//mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=29700&id=.
Martin was named ACC Pitcher of the Week Tuesday for the first time in her career. The rookie pitched four complete games over 25.0 innings to lead Maryland in the the circle. She faced 109 batters, giving up just four earned runs and striking out 23 hitters.
After this weekend's games, the Terrapins will welcome Howard (2-11) to College Park for a doubleheader Wednesday at 5 p.m. Live stats will be available and admission will be free. Parking will be free after 4 p.m.