MARYLAND 7, SAN JOSE STATE 4
FORT COLLINS, CO – Top-seeded Maryland recovered after losing an early lead, riding the strong pitching of Courtney Wyche and topping San Jose State to earn a spot in the NISC semifinals on Saturday.
The Terrapins (38-18) will face Iowa at Noon MT, with the winner playing in the championship game against BYU or South Dakota State at 3 p.m. MT.
After three scoreless innings, Maryland jumped ahead in the fourth when Sydney Lewis stormed home on a double-steal play. Michaela Jones drove in Trinity Schlotterbeck with a single and Madison Runyan made it 3-0 with her own RBI single.
San Jose State (27-30) loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the fifth – Alyssa Graham came through with a bases-clearing double to tie it at 3-3 with one out, driving in Taylor Squires, Aubrie Thomas and Karizma Bergesen. With two outs and a full count, Ashley Rico gave the Spartans a 4-3 lead with an RBI single.
Maryland’s Kamryn Davis scored on an error to tie the game at 4-all in the sixth; Megan Mikami pushed the Terrapins ahead with an RBI single, and two more runs came across on a Jaeda McFarland single and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch.
Wyche retired the Spartans in order in the sixth, right after Maryland had retaken the lead, and got the first two outs of the seventh on a groundout and popout. She allowed six hits and struck out five.