Feb. 25, 2017 || Lamson Park
LAFAYETTE, La. – Maryland (2-11) dropped two close games on Saturday to Bradley and No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette in the team’s second day of competition at the Mardi Gras Invitational. The Terps will wrap up tournament play in Lafayette tomorrow morning with a game against Dartmouth.
GAME 1 – BOX SCORE
Bradley used 11 hits to scatter four runs as the Braves held off Maryland 4-2 in Saturday’s first game. The Terps matched Bradley’s hit total with 11, but couldn’t convert on scoring opportunities to drop to 2-10 on the year.
Bradley took an early lead in the game at Lamson Park, after a pair of lead off singles and an error led to a run. A leadoff double in the third eventually turned into another run, as the Braves went up 2-0 to start the fourth.
Maryland made a stand in the bottom of the fourth, after a Strange single and stolen base put the runner on second. Senior Jordan Aughignbaugh then delivered one of her two RBI singles in the game, to bring Strange home and cut the deficit to 2-1.
Bradley answered right back in the fifth, plating two more to extended its advantage to 4-1.
Maryland had a prime opportunity for a big inning in the bottom of the sixth, after four consecutive singles scored one and loaded the bases with no outs. But the bats went cold, as a fielder’s choice and consecutive pop ups got Bradley out of the jam with just one run scored.
The Braves then retired the side in the bottom of the seventh to end the game and move to 7-6.
GAME 2 – BOX SCORE
Maryland limited No. 16 Louisiana-Lafayette to just three runs, but couldn’t get any runners across as the host-Ragin’ Cajuns sealed the 3-0 win. Maryland managed just three hits in the game, as ULL pitcher Alyssa Denham went the distance to earn her fourth win of the season and push her squad to 10-3 on the year.
The Cajuns got their first run to score in the third inning on a sacrifice fly from Daniella Chavez. Pitcher Ari Jarvis limited any major damage in the frame with no outs and the bases loaded, getting three straight outs in relief.
Maryland was in position to even the game at one if the bottom half of the third, after senior Hannah Dewey blasted a leadoff double to center field. A sac bunt moved her over to second, but ULL escaped the inning with a double play in the next at bat.
Lafayette would add a couple insurance runs in the fourth, but won the game with defense allowing just one baserunner for the remainder of the contest.