Maryland softball kicked off its 2023 season in style, going 4-1 at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, including two wins over ranked opponents.
The Terps started play Thursday night and defeated No. 22 Oregon, 7-3, for their first season-opening win over a ranked opponent since 2008. They kept their momentum rolling in a 10-2 win over BYU and made a major statement in their first game Sunday, defeating No. 3 Oklahoma State, 11-6, behind a second-inning grand slam by sophomore catcher Amelia Lech, her first career home run.
What a moment for Amelia Lech:— Maryland Softball (@TerpsSoftball) February 12, 2023
Her first career homer is a grand slam in a 10-pitch at bat that leads us to a win over No. 3 Oklahoma State
Maryland’s sole loss of the weekend came to Cal Baptist, but it finished on a high note with a 4-2 win over North Dakota State.
“We’re proud of this and this is the way we think this team to play softball playing every game,” head coach Mark Montgomery said after the win over Oregon. “Hopefully we’re able to keep this going and just get ready for what’s next.”
Junior outfielder Jaeda McFarland had a big weekend at the plate, racking up eight hits to bring her average to .471 through five games. Fifth-year infielder Mackense Greico hit .467 and tallied eight RBIs.
Courtney Wyche, a senior pitcher, had a strong showing too, throwing 13.2 innings, striking out 11 and picking up two wins in three games started. Senior pitcher Trinity Schlotterbeck started the team’s other two games — both wins — and struck out nine, allowing just four earned runs in 11.1 innings pitched.
The Terps also stole 12 bases, a stat that they ranked seventh in nationally last year.
Maryland’s next game is against Virginia on Friday at 2:30 p.m., a part of the the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
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Maryland tennis went 2-0 over the weekend.
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Former Maryland men’s soccer star Chris Rindov signed with Sporting Kansas City of the MLS.
Maryland baseball players Matt Shaw and Jason Savacool were named to the Golden Spikes Award watch list.
Maryland men’s golf finished the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in 13th place.