Feb. 17, 2017 || Red & Charline McCombs Field
AUSTIN, Texas – Maryland dropped both of its season-opening games Friday afternoon to #14 Minnesota and Colorado State at the Texas Invitational. The Terps will be right back at it Saturday when the squad battles Colorado State (12 pm ET) and host Texas (7:30 pm ET) at Red & Charline McCombs Field.
GAME ONE - BOX SCORE
Maryland out-hit #14 Minnesota 10-7 and used a two run sixth inning to make a push but ultimately fell to the Gophers 3-2 on a MaKenna Partain walk-off single.
Freshmen Amanda Brashear and Anna Kufta shined in their first game as Terrapins, going a combined 5-for-7. Last year’s leading hitters Skylylnne Ellazar and Kristina Dillard pinched in with two hits apiece as well to pace the Maryland offense.
Senior Hannah Dewey got the start for Maryland in the circle and pitched three innings of two-hit ball, keeping the Gophers off the board through the first two innings.
Minnesota took a 2-0 lead in the third off two hits and a wild pitch. The Terps threatened in both the fourth and the fifth, getting two runners on but ultimately pushed through in the sixth.
Kufta led off the inning with a double to the right-center gap, followed by a Dillard double to the left field fence to split the deficit in half. After Juli Strange moved Dillard over to third, senior Madison Martin came through with a RBI single to tie the game at two.
The Terrapins pushed in the seventh inning as well, loading the bases with one out by way of Ellazar and Kufta singles. Maryland could not push the go-ahead run home.
Sophomore Ari Jarvis came in relief of Dewey and put in a solid outing, going 3.2 innings and striking out four. Jarvis’ only run allowed was the game winning run in the seventh.
GAME TWO - BOX SCORE
Colorado State opened up a 5-0 advantage in the first inning, and the Rams never looked back as Maryland fell 14-5 in game two Friday afternoon. Amber Nelson and Lauren Buchanan led the way for the Rams with four RBIs a piece and five runs total to clinch their team’s first win of the season.
Anna Kufta had a solid game at the plate for the Terps, notching two hits including her first career home run in the first inning to cut the Rams advantage to 5-2. After both teams plated runs in the second, CSU put together another five-run inning in the third thanks to homers from Nelson and Hannah McCorkhill.
Kufta and Kristina Dillard both notched multi-hit games for the Terps and combined for three RBIs, but it was not enough as the Rams would tack on three more runs in the six to secure the eventual nine-run victory.