March 21, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Maryland softball team went 7-0 this week in its trip to Florida. The Terps (17-9, 0-2) ended their stint in Florida Sunday with a 3-2 win over Texas Tech (28-4) in South Florida's The Game tournament. Maryland was the only team of the 16 teams in the tournament to claim a perfect 5-0 record.
The Terrapin bats have been more than productive over the week, averaging .304 as a team. Maryland batters have racked up 55 hits, 11 doubles, three home runs and 28 RBI in the seven-game stretch.
The Maryland pitching staff has been dominant over this week as well. The Terps in the circle carry an ERA of 1.34 and have give up just nine runs overall in 47 innings pitched. Opponents are hitting just .178 against Terrapin pitchers this week. Sophomore Kendra Knight recorded a no-hitter against Columbia Wednesday and has 33 strikeouts in her 16.1 innings. Junior Kerry Hickey has 44 strikeouts in her 30.1 innings.
Hickey started in the circle in the Terps' game against Texas Tech Sunday. The Red Raiders scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning with three singles.
In the top of the third inning, freshman Sara Acosta led off with a single to left field, then freshman Courtney Kane got on base by an error by Texas Tech's Kristen Reeves at first base. Junior Niki Lau sacrificed to advance them to second and third. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin reached on a fielder's choice and drove in Acosta form third. Sophomore Vangie Galindo scored Kane with a fly ball to right field.
Hickey recorded 12 strikeouts in her 7.0 innings pitching for the Terrapins. She allowed one walk and gave up just six hits.
The Terps will return home for a midweek doubleheader against James Madison Wednesday. The first game will begin at 5 p.m. at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. Admission is free for all fans wishing to attend.