Feb. 17, 2017 || Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Maryland softball team went down in both of its games at the Aquafina Invitational hosted by Florida on Friday, as the team moves to 0-7 on the year. The Terps will retake the field tomorrow for games aagainst Florida A&M (9 a.m.) and #1 Florida (11:15 a.m.).
GAME 1 – BOX SCORE
Maryland finished with 10 hits, but could not keep pace with Florida International in game one of the Aquafina Invitational as the Terps fell 6-1 to the Panthers.
FIU struck first in the bottom of the second, scoring two runs on a throwing error after attempting a double steal at first and third. The Panthers would get another across in the fifth, after a Stephanie Texeira sac fly in foul territory made it 3-0.
Maryland would cut the lead to 3-1 in the top of the sixth, after three consecutive singles from Kufta, Dillard and Martin loaded the bases. A Hannah Dewey fielder’s choice would score Kufta, but the Terps couldn’t keep the rally going after a strikeout ended the inning.
Three more runs in the top of the sixth would seal the deal for FIU, which moved to 6-1 on the season with the win.
GAME 2 -- BOX SCORE
Northwestern State used 12 hits and three multi-run innings to dispatch the Terps 13-2 in six innings in game two of Friday’s doubleheader.
Maryland was able to get on the board first in the game at Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium, after freshman Amanda Brashear led off with a triple. Fellow freshman Kassidy Cross would bring her in RBI single, but the Demons limited any further damage. Brashear remains the hottest hitter in the lineup, with a team-best 11 hits and .458 average.
A seven-run second inning was the difference for Northwestern State, as the Demons started a one-out rally in the middle of the order. The Demons used five hits to open up a 7-1 lead.
Kufta blasted her third homer of the season to lead off the third, going deep to left with a solo shot to cut the deficit to 7-2. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native leads the team in RBIs (5) and runs (5).
Northwestern State would extend its lead by two in the fourth, as a two-RBI home run from Micayla Sorosiak pushed the Demons’ advantage to 9-2. A four-run 6th sealed the deal for Northwestern State, as the Demons improved to 4-2 with the win.