Penn State

Nittany Lions blank Terrapins on softball diamond

Playing in front of its first sellout crowd in Beard Field history, the Penn State softball team put on a good show, shutting out Maryland 4-0 Saturday.

Alyssa VanDerveer hammered a two-run home run in the first inning, while Jessica Cummings and Madison Seifert combined on the shutout for the Nittany Lions (23-17, 10-3 Big Ten). Both pitchers surrendered three hits and a walk, with Cummings striking out two and Seifert notching one strikeout.

Penn State extended its win streak to four straight, winning 13 of its last 16.

Shelby Miller was 2 for 3 with an RBI single in the fourth inning, and Mollie Sorenson also was 2 for 3. Erin Pond added an RBI single in the third.

Kristina Dillard was 2 for 3 for the Terrapins (11-29, 3-8), Emily Libero doubled and Hannah Dewey took the loss.

The contest, right after the Blue-White football game, drew 1,146 fans. Since opening Beard Field in 2011, the previous best attendance mark was 768.

The Nittany Lions will seek to sweep the weekend series in Sunday’s 1 p.m. finale.