March 5, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team won both of its games Friday afternoon in the Maryland Round Robin tournament. The Terrapin pitching staff led the way past Princeton, 9-0, and Mount St. Mary's, 2-0, with 11 hitless innings on the mound. The Terps moved to 6-6 on the year with the two victories.
Sophomore Kendra Knight and junior Kerry Hickey combined for 22 strikeouts in 14 innings - Knight striking out 12 and Hickey with 10. Between the two of them, they gave up just three hits and five walks without allowing a run to score.
"Both Kerry and Kendra have been throwing really well," head coach Laura Watten said. "It's a combination of things. With Samantha Mallory behind the plate, she does a great job framing pitches and working with the pitchers. They're doing a lot better with really zoning in and even with getting behind in some counts and coming back to strike people out."
Knight started the Terps' first game, which was against Princeton. She threw six no-hit innings before allowing the Tigers' Jamie Lettire a double to centerfield in the bottom of the seventh. She struck out the final two Tigers' batters to close the inning. She started off hot, striking out five of the first six Princeton batters.
The Terps made their first mark on the board in the top of the second, when junior Marisha Branson scored on an error.
In the top of the fifth, freshman Sara Acosta and senior Alex Schultz both singled to open the inning. Hickey hit a three-run homer, her first home run of the year, to bring them both in. Two batters later, senior Nadine Blackie hit a single shot to push the score to 5-0. Blackie is leading the Terrapin offense with her .375 average and 12 hits on the year.
Maryland added four more runs in the top of the seventh when sophomore Michelle Takeda brought in Branson from second with a single to centerfield. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin brought in another run with her single. Acosta added one more, as did Schultz to finalize the score at 9-0.
In their second game of the day, the Terps took on Mount St. Mary's. Hickey started at pitcher and did not allow the Mountaineers a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning. She racked up seven of her 10 strikeouts in the first five innings.
The Mountaineers loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth on an error, a batter hit by a pitch, and a walk with one out. Hickey struck out Beth Everist for out number two and Nicole Reeder popped out to Branson at second base to close the inning without any damage.
Blackie was the Terps' first run to score, when she walked, stole second, then scored when junior Marybeth Herrick doubled to centerfield.
Galindo got the Terrapin offense going again when she singled to shortstop with one out in the top of the seventh. She scored from second on Acosta's RBI single to secure the score at 2-0.
Maryland will take on Towson at 3 p.m. and Princeton at 5:30 p.m. Live stats will be available. Admission and parking are both free for all fans wishing to attend Saturday's games. The Terps will also be hosting a canned food drive Saturday.