Maryland Falls to Jacksonville, FIU

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MIAMI, Fla. – Junior Shannon Bustillos went 7-for-8 with three RBIs and three runs Saturday as the Maryland softball team fell to Jacksonville and FIU in the Felsberg Memorial Tournament in Miami, Fla.

The Terps play their final contest in the Felsberg Memorial tomorrow at 11 a.m. against Jacksonville.

Game One – Jacksonville 6, Maryland 2

Bustillos went 3-for-4 with an RBI, while freshman Kylie Datil added a pair of hits and an RBI as Maryland fell to Jacksonville, 6-2, in its first game Saturday morning.

Freshman Hannah Dewey pitched a pair of scoreless innings before running into trouble in the top of the third. Dewey allowed a leadoff double to Victoria Brown, who then scored on a Codi Kelly single up the middle.

The Dolphins then added to their lead with a big 5-run fifth inning on two hits and some smart base running.

Trailing 6-0, Maryland’s offense awoke in the bottom of the fifth as Bustillos drove in Erin Pronobis with a double to center field. Datil then scored Bustillos with a single to right to cut the Terps’ deficit to four, 6-2.

Bustillos notched her second double of the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Terrapin offense could not muster another run.

Game Two – FIU 6, Maryland 5

Sophomore Lindsey Schmeiser went 3-for-3 with two runs as Maryland was defeated by FIU, 6-5, in the second game of the day.

The Terps battled back from an early four-run deficit to tie the game at 5 in the top of the seventh, before FIU walked off in the bottom of the inning for the victory.

The Panthers jumped out to an early 4-0 advantage in the first inning as Aleima Lopez scored two runners with a single. Gabby Spallone then posted a two-run homer to complete the scoring.

The Terps chipped away at the FIU lead by plating two runs in the second and another in the third. Corey Schwartz knocked in L. Schmeiser and Bustillos with a double in the second, while Bustillos used a single to score Pronobis an inning later.

Trailing by two runs, 5-3, heading into the seventh inning, the Terps made things interesting by scoring two runs to square the game. Bustillos struck again with a triple to left center to score L. Schmeiser, before advancing home on a passed ball. The effort was not enough, however, as the Panthers won in the bottom half of the inning on a bases loaded walk.