March 10, 2017 || Amy S Harrison Field
RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Maryland (3-17-1) dropped both of its opening games of the Highlander Classic Friday, going down to UT Martin and Iona. The Terps will return to the field tomorrow to play host-UC Riverside at 5:00 pm (ET).
Maryland took a 2-0 lead, but couldn’t keep pace with UT Martin as the Skyhawks closed out an 8-2 win in the team’s first action of the day. The Terps out-hit the Skyhawks 7-6, but five errors proved costly to push UT Martin to 16-5.
Maryland was working early in the first inning, as Anna Kufta drove in Amanda Brashear to give her team a 1-0 advantage. Skylynne Ellazar kept things rolling, launching a double to the fence to bring the Terps’ lead to 2-0.
The Skyhawks would cut into the Maryland lead in the bottom half of the frame, before going up 3-2 after getting two scores in the second. UT Martin extended its lead in an extended fourth inning, scoring three runs on one hit and an error.
After three hitting in the first, the Maryland bats cooled off, scattering just four hits in the final six innings of play. UT Martin’s Sara Hooten pitched 4.2 scoreless innings to get the win, while her team added a couple insurance runs for the 8-2 victory.
Maryland managed four runs, including two in a late seventh inning rally, but it was not enough as Iona held on for an 8-4 win in Friday’s afternoon cap.
Iona’s offense set the tone early, as the Gaels went up 2-0 on a Kristen Turner 2 RBI homer in the first inning. A big second inning ultimately made the difference for Gales, using four hits to score five runs to boost their lead to 7-0.
The Terps stuck around, getting their first run of the game in the top of the third on a RBI walk from Kufta. UMD would get another back in the fourth, thanks to a sacrifice fly from Brashear to make it 7-2.
Maryland battled until the end, getting three straight hits from Kufta, Ellazar and Dillard to cut the lead to 8-4 and force a pitching change. The Gaels closed things out, getting a lineout as the Terps went down 8-4.