April 3, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team dropped a heartbreaker in the second game of a doubleheader against #19/16 Florida State Saturday afternoon. The Terps (20-15, 0-7) lost 3-2 in eight innings in the second game and 2-0 in the first.
Pitchers Kerry Hickey and Kendra Knight split both games in the circle, each earning a start. Knight pitched 8.2 innings, while Hickey pitched 6.1. They combined to give up five runs and nine strikeouts. The Terrapin defense forced the Seminoles to leave 20 runners on base.
After going ahead 1-0 in the third inning of the second game, the Terps let Florida State tie it up in the top of the fifth. The game went to an extra eighth inning, where FSU scored two runs to go ahead 3-1. In the bottom of the eighth, Maryland loaded the bases and got a run walked in by pitcher Sarah Hamilton, but was unable to retake the lead.
In game one of the doubleheader, Kerry Hickey threw 3.1 innings after the Seminoles scored two runs. Between the second and fourth innings, Hickey was charged with five illegal pitches or balks, which put FSU runners on the bases and allowed the first run to score in the second.
The Seminoles scored their second run of the game when Robin Ahrberg singled to score Jen Lapicki, who had reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to second on one of the illegal pitches. Knight took over in the circle and did not allow a run to score.
Knight also started the second game. She ended her day with four strikeouts in over eight innings pitching. She only allowed one run, which was unearned.
In the top of the second inning with no score in the second game, Knight fell behind in the count 3-0 against FSU's Morgan Bullock. She threw three straight strikes for the strikeout to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Maryland struck first with a run scored off a Seminoles error. Freshman Courtney Kane singled to right field to open the bottom of the third inning and scored when junior Niki Lau bunted and reached on an error by FSU's Tiffani Brown at third base. With the error, Lau drove in Kane, reached second, and was called out on the throw at third.
The Seminoles tied up the game when Brown doubled, then scored off Lapicki's single to shortstop.
Hickey returned to the circle to start the sixth inning. With runners in scoring position in both of the sixth and seventh innings, Hickey struck out FSU batters to hold off any Seminole scoring.
In the eighth inning with runners on second and third, Brown tripled to right center field to bring in two runs and make the lead 3-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, sophomore Vangie Galindo and freshman Sara Acosta both singled to get on base and were followed by sophomore Kathy McLaughlin who got on base with a walk. After changing pitchers from Terese Gober to Hamilton, Schultz struck out. Hamilton hit Hickey with a pitch to score the Terps' final run.
The Terps and the Seminoles will take the field Sunday at 1 p.m. at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. Gametracker will be available and fans are encouraged to wear pink for breast cancer awareness.