LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maryland split its opening games of the Black & Red Classic Friday, taking out IUPUI 2-0 before dropping its second game to Louisville 4-1.
The Terps will return to the diamond Saturday for games vs. Eastern Illinois (5:30 pm) and IUPUI (7:30 pm).
Game One – Box Score
Freshman Ryan Denhart logged her first career shutout Friday to lead Maryland to a 2-0 victory Friday at the Black & Red Classic.
It was Denhart’s third career complete game, as the Los Alamitos, Calif. native fanned five batters and allowed just four hits to seal the win.
After three scoreless frames, Maryland broke through in the top of the fourth with the lone runs of the game. A one-out double from Hannah Eslick would put the go-ahead run on second, before Amanda Brashear singled to put runners on the corners.
Brigette Nordberg then put a ball in play, forcing an error to score both runners and give Maryland the lead.
IUPUI would continue to threaten, getting runners on in the fifth and sixth to put pressure on the Terps. But Denhart responded, forcing a ground out in the fifth and a strike out in the sixth. She would then close the deal in the seventh, retiring the side in order to clinch her second win of the year in thee circle.
Game Two – Box Score
Louisville used a three-run third inning and added insurance in the sixth to edge the Terps 4-1 in the team’s second game of the day Friday. Sydney Golden kept Maryland in it, pitching six innings while allowing just six hits, but the Terps couldn’t close the gap.
Freshman Taylor Wilson provided a bright spot for the Terps on offense, launching a ball over the right field fence for her first career home run. Maryland has now had five different players go deep this season, including home runs from two freshmen in Wilson and Hannah Eslick.
Maryland rallied in the seventh, getting runners on the corners with no outs thanks to a single from Anna Kufta and an error. The Terps couldn’t convert, as three straight outs closed the game for the host-Cardinals.