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Back in the Win Column - a Softball and Baseball Trifecta

Both softball and baseball got back on track in the comfortable confines of their College Park venues. Softball swept a double header from local foe Coppin State chasing the Eagles back to their home nest by scores of 9-0 and 7-3 while the baseball team sent Rider off into the sunset on the short end of a 6-3 score.

At Taylor Stadium, Maryland got on the board with a single run in the bottom of the first. Center fielder Sara Acosta dropped a one out bunt down the third base line. Lindsey Schmeiser reached and moved to second on an error when Coppin’s third baseman overthrew first on a routine ground ball. Acosta then scored as designated player Candice Beards drove a sac fly to center. An apparent injury to sophomore catcher Shannon Bustillos forced Coach Watten to make some unexpected defensive changes as the Terps took the field in the top of the second. Notable among them was the move of Lindsey Schmeiser from shortstop to catcher where she became her sister Kaitlyn’s battery mate for the first time in her Maryland career. Another impactful move came with the insertion of the previously little used sophomore Liane Newton into right field.

Nikki Maier led of the Terrapin second with a single to short. After two fly ball outs, Juli Strange drew a two out walk. Amanda McCann’s grounder through the left side knocked in Maier and Acosta followed with a line drive single to center that brought Strange home. Though the Terps stranded two, they held a 3-0 lead after two. Newton, who closed the top of the third with a diving catch for the final out, lashed a one out triple to the gap in right center in her first plate appearance of the night. The Terps failed to capitalize and she was left at third. The bottom of the fourth provided the game shortening scores for Maryland. Strange led off the inning with a double to left. McCann promptly picked her up lining a soft single to center and moving up a base on the throw to the plate. Acosta laid down another perfect bunt that put runners on the corners. Schmeiser lined the first pitch into left field for a single and McCann score extending the Terrapin lead to 5-0.Beards then lined a soft single to shallow center loading the bases for Newton. The New Jersey sophomore smashing a drive to center that rolled through the fielder’s legs and all the way to the wall. New was credited with a three RBI double and moved to third on the miscue though no error was charged. Melissa Mancuso wrapped up the scoring for the Terps with a sacrifice fly to right. Kaitlyn Schmeiser retired the Eagles in the top of the fifth with the game ending out coming on an unusual play. Coppin’s last batter walked and would have given the visitors runners on first and third with two outs but when she tried to catch the Terps napping by stretching the walk to second, Schmeiser turned and calmly tossed her out by several feet. The 9-0 lead resulted in a run rule shortened first game.

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Across campus the baseball team was busting the Rider Broncos by a 6-3 final. The game got off to a rough start for Maryland as starter Jake Stinnett gave up two first inning runs to the visitors from New Jersey. The Terps got one back in their half of the inning. Lamonte Wade, Jr. reached on a one out bunt and hustled to second on a poor throw by Rider’s catcher. Kyle Convissar was hit by a pitch and Tim Kiene followed with a four pitch walk to load the bases. Wade scored on Kevin Martir’s ground out to first. Maryland left two on and trailed 2-1 at the end of one. The Terps evened things up I nthe third when centerfielder Charlie White slapped a 2-1 pitch up the middle to lead off the inning. Wade popped out to short but White stole second and third and came around to score on Convissar’s sac fly. The Terps put some distance between themselves and the Broncos in the bottom of the fourth. Martir led off with a single up the middle. K.J. Hockaday was hit by a pitch and Blake Schmit grounded a single through the right side putting Maryland in front. Schmit stole second to put two runners in scoring position with no one out but it looked like the Terrapin threat would fizzle when Jack Cleary popped out to shallow right and Jose Cuas struck out. Lead off hitter Charlie White delivered the clutch hit spanking a single to right, driving in two and giving the Terps a bit of a cushion with 5-3 lead. Maryland picke up an insurance run in the sixth off Schmit’s bunt single, a Rider error, a Cleary sacrifice bunt and a Cuas ground out. Meanwhile, Jake Stinnett settled down after his rocky start yielding only a single in the fourth and a single and walk in the seventh before giving way to Jared Price to start the eighth. Rider scratched out a run in the ninth but it was too little too late. The Terrapins take to the road for another foray in North Carolina where they will take on the number one ranked UNC Tar Heels in a three game weekend set starting Friday night.

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In the nightcap at Taylor Stadium, the Terps again got off to an early lead. Amanda McCann led off with an infield single and took second when an inattentive Eagles team failed to pay attention as she rounded first and the shortstop dropped the catcher’s throw. McCann quickly stole third and scored when the throw went past the third baseman into left filed. Sara Acosta reached on he third bunt single of the day and came around to score when Liane Newton starting in right field smashed a line drive over the fence in right center. Maryland held a 3-0 lead at the end of one. The Terps tacked on four more in the second. Melissa Mancuso led off with a bunt single down the first base line. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Corey Schwartz and to third on Juli Strange’s fly ball to deep right. McCann was hit by a pitch and the Terps executed a delayed double steal with McCann taking second and Mancuso scoring from third. McCann stole third and after working the count to 3 and 1, the Eagles decided to intentionally walk Acosta. This apparently didn’t sit well with Lindsey Schmeiser as the freshman from Dunkirk laced a line drive three run home run to right center giving starter Maddie Martin a comfortable 7-0 lead. The visitors hung around in this one scoring a run in the fourth and two more in the top of the seventh for the final margin of 7-3. The double header sweep pushes the Terps record to 19-18 as they prepare for a trip to Raleigh and a three game weekend set with the NC State Wolfpack.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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