COLLEGE PARK, MD – No. 22 Maryland (21-5) got itself back on the winning path in the first of two games on Saturday, taking down Bucknell (8-15), 3-0, in the Capital City Classic at Maryland Softball Stadium. The win gives the Terps 12 wins in their last 13 games overall.
It was all about senior starter Trinity Schlotterbeck on Saturday afternoon as she struck out 10 of the first 11 batters she faced, setting a new career-high with 10 in the win. Schlotterbeck was perfect through four innings to begin things for the Terps, finishing the day with 6.1 shutout innings in the circle, giving up three hits. Keira Bucher came on to record the final two outs for her nation-leading ninth save.
Maryland broke through offensively in the bottom of the fifth inning, aided by a throwing error from Bucknell starter Kaiya Burton. Jaeda McFarland delivered the big blow of the inning, an RBI triple to give the Terps a 2-0 lead before scoring on a wild pitch during the next at-bat.
Saturday’s win was Maryland’s seventh shutout win of the season as the Terps improved to 2-1 in the Capital City Classic with two more games left on the weekend.
Breaking Down The Action
- Schlotterbeck finished the fourth inning having retired her first 12 batters, striking out 10 of them, 0-0.
- Maryland broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a three-run frame, started after a throwing error from Kaiya Burton that allowed a run to score, 1-0.
- McFarland added on with an RBI triple, scoring on a wild pitch, 3-0.
- Bucher secured the final two outs of the seventh after Schlotterbeck was pulled with one out, 3-0.
Numbers To Know
- 3: Runs scored in the fifth inning from Maryland to break Saturday afternoon’s scoreless affair
- 4: Number of perfect innings for Schlotterbeck to begin Saturday’s game
- 9: Number of saves for Bucher, leading the nation in that category
- 10: Number of strikeouts for Schlotterbeck, a new career-high for the senior
- The Terps play Texas Tech at 7 p.m. this evening, which will air on Big Ten Plus.
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