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Penn State Softball Beats Maryland 1-0 In Extra Innings

Penn State softball (26-7, 5-1 Big Ten) defeated Maryland (16-17, Big 3-3 Ten) 1-0 in 12 innings on Sunday.

The last game of the conference series against the Terrapins was led by pitchers Mady Volpe and Bridget Nemeth with a shutout. At the plate, outfielder Liana Jones delivered the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning to end the game in walk-off fashion.

How It Happened

The day began with Mady Volpe in the circle. The junior put on a clinic with six innings of work and no runs scored. For Maryland, pitcher Courtney Wyche tamed the Nittany Lions to keep the score 0-0.

At the plate, both sides struggled to ignite their offense. By the end of the regulation seven innings, neither sider had more than a few hits and walks with no score.

Penn State had hope in the ninth inning with a single from Gaby Garcia and again in the 10th with a hit from Haylie Brunson, but no runs came across home. The Terrapins had a double with two outs in the 11th inning, but the Nittany Lions’ defense shut it down.

Finally, in the 12th inning, Maddie Gordon smacked a double to the left-field wall. Then, Liana Jones had a double to left field to bring in the run and end the game with an RBI 1-0.

Players Of the Game

Mady Volpe & Bridget Nemeth | Pitchers

The Nittany Lion pitcher put together a combined two hits and 11 strikeouts through 12 innings of work. Additionally, they only gave up 139 pitches to advance their team to 5-1 in conference play.

This season, Volpe has a 3.55 ERA and counterpart Nemeth has a spectacular 1.01 ERA.

What’s Next?

The Nittany Lions will have a doubleheader against Ohio State at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, in Columbus, Ohio.

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About the Author

Mara McKeon

Mara is a senior staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music or Penn State wrestling and counting down the days until she gets to see Luke Combs in Beaver Stadium. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected].

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