Rutgers softball suffered a sweep at the hands of Nebraska this weekend. Photo: Rutgers Athletics.

Rutgers Softball saw its consecutive game losing streak extended to 12 after dropping a pair of tough losses to Maryland on Tuesday. It marks the first time since February 12 that Rutgers is under .500 at 23-24 on the year.

After struggling offensively in the first game, as Rutgers managed only one hit in a 6-1 loss, the bats came to life in the nightcap for RU. Gabrielle Callaway launched her team-leading 10th homer of the year, on a line drive to straight away center field to give Rutgers an early 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights, Maryland responded in the bottom half of the third inning by plating seven runs. There were two swipes of home, one each by Jaeda McFarland and Michaela Jones, and a two-run homer by Ellefsom Haley to stake Marlyand to a 7-1 lead.

Rutgers did everything it could to come from behind. In the top of the fifth inning, Kobie Hura and Payton Lincavage both singled had RBI singles to bring Rutgers to within 7-4. Maddie Lawson was later hit by a pitch to drive in a run with the bases loaded to Rutgers as close at 7-5.

However, Maryland would respond with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to all but ice it at 10-5.

Give Rutgers credit, they never gave in; rallying late to scratch out two more runs in the top of the seventh on a Taylor Fawcett double to make it 10-7. Rutgers had two runners on base with one out, down three, before katie Wingert and Kiersten Withstandley were jammed into groundouts to end the ballgame.

Rutgers will try to snap the skid on Friday when it returns to Piscataway to host Penn State.


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