Penn State softball losers in Maryland series
by CW Ross
Penn State softball's trip to Maryland didn't start well with the Nittany Lions losing both ends of Friday doubleheader action by scores of 1-0 and 11-1 in a five innings run-rule game. Junior Penn State pitcher Bailey Parshall did add six more strikeouts in game one of the doubleheader as she chases the program's record book.
In Saturday action Penn State got back on track winning their afternoon game against Maryland 1-0 at Maryland Softball Stadium.
Penn State's left-handed pitchers Vanessa Oatley and Bailey Parshall combined for the shutout, the Nittany Lions’ first of the season. Oatley earned the win in the circle and Parshall was credited with the save. Parshall came in to throw in relief and registered her 388th career strikeout to move into a tie for sixth all-time in the program record books with Marisa Hanson (2001-04). Parshall was also credited with the save, her first of the season and the seventh in her career. She now moves into third alone all-time for career saves, passing Jackie Hill (6; 2007-11).
In Sunday action Penn State fell to Maryland in a heartbreaking 5-4 loss in the final game of their weekend series. Penn State was in the lead going into the bottom of the seventh when Maryland scored three runs to get the walk-off win.
Penn State junior Bailey Parshall entered the game in relief and recorded two strikeouts. She now sits at sixth alone all-time for career strikeouts with 390, passing Marisa Hanson (388; 2001-04).
Penn State returns home to host a tough Michigan Wolverines team at Nittany Lion Softball Park and Beard Field in a four-game series, April 30-May 2.