COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Amanda McCann went five-for-six at the plate Saturday as the Maryland softball team dropped a pair of games to South Carolina and Florida Atlantic in the FAU “Strikeout Cancer” Tournament.
The Terrapins close out the tournament tomorrow afternoon against LIU at 1 p.m.
Game 1 – South Carolina 8, Maryland 2
The Terrapins fell to South Carolina, 8-2, in the first game of the day, despite tallying nine hits.
McCann went 3-for-4 in the leadoff role, while teammate Lindsey Schmeiser earned a pair of walks and posted her team-leading sixth RBI of the season.
After pitching clean through two innings, redshirt freshman Brenna Nation ran into trouble in the third following a pair of South Carolina hits. After a Gamecock walk loaded the bases, a throwing error by Corey Schwartz allowed all three baserunners to score, giving South Carolina a 3-0 lead.
The Terps answered in the bottom of the third, however, as freshman Sarah Calta singled and L. Schmeiser walked. Candice Beards then knocked home Calta with a single of her own to cut the Maryland deficit to two, 3-1.
Maryland scored again in the following frame after loading the bases on three straight singles from Kylie Datil, Juli Strange and McCann. L. Schmeiser then drew the RBI walk to cut the South Carolina lead, 3-2.
South Carolina cruised the rest of the game, however, scoring five runs over the final three innings to secure the victory, 8-2.
Game 2 – Florida Atlantic 4, Maryland 0
Freshman pitcher Kylee Hanson held Maryland to just four hits in a complete game effort to lead Florida Atlantic past the Terrapins, 4-0, in the second game of the day.
McCann caused fits for Hanson, going 2-for-2 with a walk in the effort.
FAU did most of its damage in the third inning, scoring three runs on five hits. Shelby Knox opened the frame with a single, and Laura Mann followed with a two-run blast to left field. The Owls then added another run to take a 3-0 advantage.
The Terps threatened in the fifth inning when Schwartz singled up the middle and made her way to third base. But neither Strange nor Calta could deliver and Schwartz was stranded.
FAU then added an insurance run in the bottom frame, giving the Owls a 4-0 lead and the eventual victory.