A historic season for Maryland softball came to a close Saturday following a 4-3 loss to Iowa in the National Invitational Softball Championship semifinal.
The Terps went 38-19 over the course of the 2023 campaign, their best season since 2011. It was also Maryland’s first postseason appearance since 2012.
The Terps got off to a fantastic start, toppling then-No. 22 Oregon and No. 3 Oklahoma State in the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge. It also went undefeated in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
Sophomore catcher Amelia Lech led the way with 16 home runs on the season, while junior outfielder Jaeda McFarland managed a .354 batting average. The Terps had eight batters with at least 37 hits.
After losing 7-1 to No. 9-seed Iowa in the Big Ten Tournament, the Terps faced the Hawkeyes in a tense rematch. Maryland trailed 4-0 at the start of the seventh inning, but came roaring back with three runs. It wasn’t enough, though, as the Hawkeyes held on for the victory.
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Maryland baseball clinched its second straight Big Ten regular-season title Saturday. The Terps defeated Penn State, 7-4. Ben Wolf had the coverage.
As the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, Maryland baseball will face Michigan State Tuesday.
Big Ten Tournament— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) May 21, 2023
The Terps have officially earned the No. 1 seed and will face No. 8 seed Michigan State Spartans in the first round!!
https://t.co/l1tH6PYSfu | #DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/zHx2YwA1df
Senior third baseman Nick Lorusso broke the Big Ten single-season RBI record.
Nicky Lo— Maryland Baseball (@TerpsBaseball) May 21, 2023
With his 2-run RBI single yesterday Nick Lorusso now holds the Big Ten single-season RBI record passing Indiana's Mike Smith (1992) who held the record for over 30 years.#DirtyTerps pic.twitter.com/SE07NR8yE7
Maryland track and field’s Eric Albright and Kayla Woods earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
Former Terp Rakim Jarrett hopes to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ roster.