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COLLEGE PARK, MD – Maryland softball won game one of its series against Illinois, 8-0 at Maryland Softball Stadium on Friday. Courtney Wyche threw her fourth shutout and her twelfth complete game of the season.

Maryland (17-17, 4-3 B1G) scored all of its runs in the first five innings and ended the game under the run rule. Illinois (13-20, 0-6 B1G) couldn't get on the board and Wyche picked up her 10th win of the season.

The fifth-year pitcher continued her recent dominance in the circle. Wyche struck eight batters and allowed just one hit. She even struck out four batters in a row in the first and second innings.

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Delaney Reefe finished the game with an RBI single up the middle that scored Sammi Woods. Reefe went 2-for-3 in the game.

Michaela Jones hit an inside-the-park home run in the bottom of the second inning. It was her third home run of the season and she ended the game 2 on 2 and added a brace. She also scored two runs. Maryland's last inside-the-park home run was hit by Megan Mikami on May 1, 2022 against Michigan State.

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Sydney Lewis went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a double. Woods drove in two runs and and Mazie MacFarlane drove the other run for the Terps.

Breaking down the action

  • Sydney Lewis hit a single to left field and scored a run in the bottom of the first with two outs to take a 1-0 lead.
  • Courtney Wyche four deleted consecutive batters reaching the bottom of the second inning, and Michaela Jones hit an inside-the-park home run to extend the lead to 2-0.
  • Lewis and Mazie MacFarlane hit back-to-back RBI singles in the third inning. The choice of a field player Sammi Woods also occurred in the inning and the Terps suddenly led 5-0.
  • Maryland added a run in the fourth after a Lewis groundout to take a 6-0 lead.
  • Sammi Woods And Delaney Reefe Each singled and drove home a run to end the game in an 8-0 win.

Terps in the record books

  • Jaeda McFarland steel She completed two bases today and is third in school history with 65 in her career. She is just two stolen bases away from passing Vangie Galindo (2009-12) for second place.
  • Courtney Wyche knocked out Eight batters in the game, bringing her career total to 569, which ranks fourth all-time. Next on the list is Kerry Hickey (2008-11) with 663 career strikeouts.
  • Wyche is also sixth on the all-time innings pitched list 560 in her career. Next on the list is Kaitlyn Schmeiser (2012-15), who pitched 578.2 innings.
  • Wyche threw that 45th complete game of her career, fifth all-time. Next on the list is Tisha Killian (1996-98) with 48 complete games.
  • Wyche received that 51st win of her career, tied for fourth in program history. She is tied with Kendra Knight (2009-12). Next on the list is Kerry Hickey (2008-11) with 55 career wins.
  • Wyche threw that The 13th shutout of her career, which ranks third on Maryland's all-time list. She broke a tie with Kendra Knight (2009-12) and Kerry Hickey (2008-11). She is now tied with Tisha Killian (1996-98).

Numbers you should know

  • 3: Jaeda McFarland ranks third on the program's stolen bases list.
  • 5: Delaney Reefe posted her fifth career multi-hit game.
  • 7: Sydney Lewis had the seventh multi-hit game of her career.
  • 13: Michaela Jones the 13th home run of her career.
  • 13: Courtney Wyche threw the 13th shutout of her career.
  • 28: Jones finished with her 28th multi-hit game of her career.
  • 45: Wyche threw the 45th complete game of her career.
  • 51: Wyche earned the 51st victory of her career.

Next

  • Maryland is back in action for game two against Illinois tomorrow, April 6, at Maryland Softball Stadium. First pitch is at 2 p.m. and the game will be streamed on Big Ten Plus.