April 7, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team blanked local rival George Washington 8-0 in two games in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday evening. The Terps (23-15, 1-7) clinched the win in game two when freshman Melissa Mancuso stole home on a double-steal play.
With the Terps ahead 7-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning, Mancuso pinch ran for senior Lydia Fowler. Mancuso advanced to third on a single by sophomore Kathy McLaughlin. McLaughlin moved to try and steal second. When George Washington catcher Tara Fogarty threw to try and catch McLaughlin at second, Mancuso stole home to end the game 8-0.
The Terrapins racked up 29 hits on the night, scoring 16 runs in just 11 innings. They have won 16 of their last 17 nonconference games. Seven Terrapins had multiple hits on the night. Sophomore Marisha Branson went 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI.
Senior Alex Schultz had three hits in her four at-bats, including a double and a triple. Schultz leads the Terps with her .419 average on the year. Junior Kerry Hickey became the Terps' RBI leader with four in the doubleheader and 25 on the year. She added a double and a triple as well. McLaughlin had four hits in her six at-bats, including two triples.
The pitching staff of Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight held George Washington to just three hits on the night. Knight gave up two in the first game and Hickey gave up one in the second. They each walked three batters and together struck out 20 George Washington hitters. The Colonials hit just .088 against them.
Knight started the first game and recorded 11 strikeouts. The Terps scored in the bottom of the first inning when Schultz drove in McLaughlin from second base. In the second inning, Knight led off with a double to right centerfield and scored off junior Niki Lau's single to centerfield. Lau went 3-for-3 at the plate in the first game.
The Terps scored five more runs between the third and fourth innings off of a double by Hickey and a triple by McLaughlin. Lau doubled as well in the fourth.
McLaughlin hit a triple in the bottom of the sixth to wrap-up the game. She drove in Lau from first to score the Terps' final run that made the score 8-0.
Hickey started the second game for the Terrapins and recorded nine strikeouts in her five innings in the circle.
Colonials pitcher Elaine Nescio loaded the bases in the bottom of the first when she walked McLaughlin and Acosta, then hit Schultz with a pitch. Hickey drove in McLaughlin when she reached on an error and junior Marisha Branson singled to score Acosta. Schultz scored off freshman Nikki Maier's sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0 at the end of the first inning.
Hickey kept the offense moving in the second when she tripled to bring in two more runs. Branson brought in Hickey with a fly ball.
The Terps scored a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings. In the fourth, Branson doubled to score Schultz. Mancuso's steal of home ended the game in the fifth inning.
Maryland will stay home this weekend when it hosts Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia Tech in a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. and Sunday for a single game beginning at 1 p.m. as well.