COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Georgia Tech used seven unearned runs in the fifth inning to power past the Maryland softball team, 7-6, in the series finale Sunday at the Maryland Softball Stadium.
After three clean innings of one-hit softball for Nation to start the game, Maryland jumped on the Yellow Jackets with a run in the bottom of the third on a two-out rally sparked by McCann. The speedy leadoff hitter singled up the middle and quickly swiped second base. McCann then stole third, and was awarded home after being interfered with on the base path by the Georgia Tech third baseman.
The Terrapins then doubled their lead in the following inning after Corey Schwartz singled through the left side and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bridget Hawvermale. After taking third on a wild pitch, Schwartz scored on an Erin Pronobis single that gave the Terps a 2-0 lead.
The lead unraveled for Maryland in the fifth, however, as the Yellow Jackets took advantage of an untimely Terrapin error to notch seven unearned runs on eight hits. Nation was relieved after allowing the first hit of the inning, but reentered the game to get the Terps out of the jam.
Trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the sixth, L. Schmeiser made things interesting when she jacked a grand slam over the left field fence to pull the Terps within one run of the lead. She scored Hannah Dewey, McCann and Pronobis with the four-run shot.
Maryland’s rally fell short in the seventh, however, as the Yellow Jackets retired the side.
The Terrapins return to action with a midweek double header in Charlottesville against the Virginia Cavaliers Wednesday.