March 20, 2010
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The Maryland softball team continued its six-game hot streak Saturday, as it took two games in the University of South Florida's The Game tournament. The Terps (16-9, 0-1) took a close 1-0 win over North Florida in eight innings to open the day and then beat Dartmouth 11-4 in their second game.
The Terrapins have won their last six games, beginning with Wednesday's wins in the Florida Rebel Games in Kissimmee and four games. Over this stretch, the Terps are batting .314 as a team, have collected 50 hits and have brought in 25 RBI. Seven Terrapins are batting over .300 in that stretch.
The Maryland pitching staff has been dominant over this week as well. The Terps in the circle carry an ERA of 1.12 and sophomore Kendra Knight has not given up an earned run in 16.1 innings. Opponents are hitting just .170 against Terrapin pitchers this week.
Knight started the first game against North Florida for the Terps and recorded 12 strikeouts in her 6.0 innings. She gave up just two hits. Senior Kerry Hickey finished the remaining 1.2 innings and had three strikeouts and no hits.
Still scoreless at the end of the seventh inning, Hickey hit a line drive to score sophomore Kathy McLaughlin as the winning run to give the Terps with 1-0 win.
Hickey stayed in the circle to start the second game against Dartmouth and pitched 6.2 innings. The Big Green struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first with a couple of singles.
Maryland got its offense going when sophomore Kathy McLaughlin doubled to center, then scored when sophomore Vangie Galindo singled with a bunt, but got to second with a throwing error by pitcher Evan Gray. Galindo scored when freshman Sara Acosta reached on a throwing error.
The Terps took the lead for good in the top of the fourth with four runs to take a 6-4 lead. Freshman Courtney Kane walked to get on base, then advanced on junior Niki Lau's sacrifice bunt. McLaughlin singled to second base, then scored Kane and nabbed second on the throwing error. Galindo singled to keep McLaughlin at first, then senior Alex Schultz hit her fourth home run of the year to bring in three RBI.
Maryland kept the offense going by scoring two more runs in the sixth inning. Lau knocked in her first RBI of the year with a single to score Lauren Ghent from second in the sixth. McLaughlin got her third hit of the game and an RBI to score freshman Nikki Maier to end the sixth.
The Big Green scored its final two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning by Molly Khalil, an Alyssa Parker walk, and then a double by Audrey Kolodziej to score both.
Lau lead off the seventh inning with a single, then scored off Schultz's double to finalize the score at 11-4.
The Terps will stay in Florida for the weekend to continue to play in the University of South Florida's The Game tournament. The Terps will play Texas Tech at 9 a.m. Sunday. Gametracker will be available.