Game 1: Maryland vs. CSUN
MARYLAND 8, CSUN 0 (6)
FORT COLLINS, CO – Maryland pitcher Courtney Wyche pitched a five-hit shutout with seven strikeouts and Megan Mikami finished it off for the Terrapins with a two-run homer as Maryland beat CSUN on Thursday in a run-rule victory at the 2023 NISC.
Top-seeded Maryland (37-17) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, with Jaeda McFarland driving in Mikami with a single and Trinity Schlotterback driving in two more runs with a two-out double. Freshman Sammi Woods hit her first collegiate home run in the second to make it 4-0.
CSUN went for a pitching change in the third inning, but Maryland was undaunted – Kamryn Davis scored on a fielder’s choice to make it 5-0. Amelia Lech hit her 16th home run of the year, a solo shot in the fifth, as the Terrapins moved ahead 6-0. Mikami’s home run, the first for her this season, also drove in Woods.
Wyche moved to 18-9 on the season and now has 186 strikeouts in 173 innings pitched.
Maryland will play San Jose State or BYU on Friday in the winner’s bracket. The Matadors (28-23) will play in the loser’s bracket on Friday.