TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Trailing by six runs in the fourth inning, the Maryland softball team used a dramatic five-run rally to push No. 8 Florida State to the brink Sunday afternoon. The comeback fell just short, however, as the Seminoles held off the surging Terps for a 7-5 victory.
Senior Amanda McCann finished 2-for-3 with an RBI, while junior Shannon Bustillos added an RBI and a run scored. Kaitlyn Schmeiser had a strong outing in relief for the Terps, allowing just run in 2.2 innings of work.
Maryland has the week off before returning to action next weekend against Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Florida State jumped out to an early lead on a first inning solo home run by Maddie O’Brien, before adding two more runs in the second on a single and an illegal pitch. The Seminoles then used three more RBI singles to double their lead over the next two innings to open a commanding 6-0 advantage.
The Terps played inspired softball, however, charging back with three runs in the fifth to cut their deficit in half, 6-3. Corey Schwartz and Erin Pronobis reached base to open the inning, before McCann advanced the runners with a groundout. Sarah Calta came in to pinch-run for Schwartz, and used crafty base running to steal home.
The inning continued as Pronobis scored on a passed ball and Candice Beard singled to left field to score Bustillos.
Maryland bridged the fifth and sixth innings with a great double play on the defensive end, using the momentum to tally two more runs in the sixth. The bottom of the order got it started again for the Terps, as Juli Strange, Schwartz and Pronobis loaded the bases with one out. McCann drew a key RBI walk, followed by a Bustillos RBI single to cut the Terp deficit to one, 6-5.
Florida State added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, however, as Kelly Hensley knocked a clutch RBI double to right field.