EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern posted a pair of wins over Maryland Saturday, winning the opening game of the teams’ doubleheader 11-4 before holding on for a 6-5 win the afternoon’s second contest. The Terps out-hit the hosts 18-15 on the day, but couldn’t convert on a handful of opportunities to drop to 7-28-1 (0-8 B1G).
Friday’s game was originally postponed until today after Maryland faced travel issues leaving the east coast. The Terps will return to Sharon J. Drysdale Field to cap of the series with the Wildcats. First pitch is slated for 12 pm (CT)/1 pm (ET).
Maryland out-hit the Wildcats in game one, notching 11 hits in total including a career-high four from freshman Anna Kufta, but couldn’t keep pace with the hosts as Northwestern clinched an 11-4 win.
The Terps were the offensive aggressors early, scoring three runs to open the game at Sharon J. Drysdale field. After Juli Strange was hit by a pitch and Amanda Brashear singled, an error put the runners on second and third with no outs.
Kufta stepped up with her first single of the day to score Strange, before an Ellazar single and Northwestern error led to another run scored. The third error of the inning from the Wildcats would score Kufta, and Maryland headed into the bottom of the inning with a 3-0 edge.
Northwestern answered back in a major way in the bottom of the first, scoring six runs on four hits to take control of the game. The Wildcats batted around the order with a two-out rally, which was jump started with a two RBI triple from Brooke Marquez.
The Terps would manage to get one more across in the fourth, after a two-out double from Juli Strange and throwing error scored the redshirt senior from second. It was not enough to overcome Northwestern’s output, as the Terps dropped to 7-27-1 on the year.
Maryland hung tough in game two, scoring five of the game’s final eight runs, but came up just short to the Wildcats who pulled out a 6-5 victory.
Northwestern jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first, after Anna Petersen hit a three-run homer to left center. After a series of scoreless frames, Maryland answered back in the fourth, starting with Kufta’s fourth home run of the season to lead off the inning.
The shot to left center re-energized the Terps, as next two batters reached base for Hannah Dewey. Dewey launched a double just inside the left field line to score one, before Jordan Aughinbaugh placed a perfect bunt in between the pitcher and first baseman to score Skylynne Ellazar from third. Maryland couldn’t keep the no-out rally going, as Nicole Bond got out of the inning with the game tied.
Northwestern didn’t miss a beat in the bottom half of the inning, retaking command with three runs on three hits. Maryland got two runs back in the ensuing fifth and sixth innings, but it was not enough ad the Wildcats clinched the series with the one-run win.