No. 25 Auburn, No. 4 Oregon Prevail over Terps

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Freshman Kylie Datil smashed her first career home run as the Maryland softball team fell to No. 25 Auburn and No. 4 Oregon in a pair of contests Saturday at the Citrus Classic.

The Terps have a date with No. 1 Florida Sunday morning at 10 a.m. to close out the Citrus Classic.

Game one – No. 25 Auburn 16, Maryland 3

Datil connected on her first career home run as Auburn ran away with a 16-3 victory in the first game of the day.

Auburn opened the game with a run in the first inning before tacking on four more in the third to take a 5-0 lead. Maryland answered, however, when Candice Beards reached base on an error by the Auburn pitcher.  Datil then followed by stroking a home run to left field, cutting the Terrapin deficit to three, 5-2.

The Tigers fired right back by blowing the game open on an 11-run fourth. Madi Gipson capped off the inning for Auburn with a three-run home run to left center field.

The Terps battled back to score a run in the fifth and final inning, as Erin Pronobis hit a single and made her way to third base with some strong base running. Shannon Bustillos then knocked in Pronobis with a grounder to second base.

Game two – No. 4 Oregon 10, Maryland 2

Bustillos went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored as Maryland fell to fourth-ranked Oregon, 10-2, in the nightcap.

The Ducks jumped on Maryland from the outset, using three hits to take a 3-0 lead in the opening frame.

The deficit increased over the next two innings as Oregon notched four runs in the second inning and three runs in the third to open a 10-0 advantage.

Similar to the earlier game against Auburn, Maryland was able to generate runs against Oregon based on leadoff hitting by Pronobis. Pronobis reached base on a Duck error, and was knocked in by Bustillos with a single down the right field line. Beards then followed with a single of her own to score Bustillos.

Maryland could not carry its momentum into the fifth inning, however, as Oregon captured the 10-2 victory.