March 3, 2017 || University Field
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Maryland (2-13-1) was edged by Butler 3-2, then went down to fourth-ranked Oregon 14-0 when the teams met for the first day of play at the Mizzou Tournament Friday. Maryland will return to competition tomorrow for games vs. Stephen F. Austin and No. 24 Missouri.
GAME 1 – BOX SCORE
Butler scored three unanswered runs in the bottom of the six to earn a 3-2 comeback win over Maryland in the team’s opening game Friday. Maryland had five hits in the game and led heading into the sixth inning, but couldn’t hold off a late rally from the Bulldogs to fall to 2-12-1 on the year.
Senior Hannah Dewey was solid from the circle in the early goings, as she posted five scoreless frames and four strikeouts. She found herself in a couple jams with runners in scoring position, but pitched her way out of it to keep the game knotted at zero.
The Terps finally broke through in the fifth, after a leadoff walk and ground out got junior Destiney Henderson to second with one out. Junior Skylynne Ellazar then stepped up, blasting her second triple of the season in center field to put her squad on the board. Freshman Anna Kufta then brought her in on a sacrifice fly, extending the advantage to 2-0 before the inning ended.
Butler ultimately won it in the bottom of the sixth, leading off the inning with three straight hits to tie the game. A RBI single from Kaitlin Doud brought in the winning run, and the Terps went down in order to end it in the seventh.
GAME 2 – BOX SCORE
Maryland ran into one of the top teams in the nation in their afternoon slate, dropping 14-0 to No. 4 Oregon in five innings. The Terps couldn’t get much going against the Ducks, who used 18 hits to scatter 14 runs while allowing just two hits to Maryland.
Miranda Elish got the victory in the circle for the Ducks, notching three strikeouts in the complete game performance. Catcher April Utecht led the way at the plate for Oregon, posting a game-high 4 RBIs and three runs on two hits, while Alexis Mack went 4-for-4 at the plate.