BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Maryland came up short in both legs of its doubleheader Friday at Indiana, dropping game one 2-1 before falling in game two 5-0. The teams played twice on Friday due to impending inclement weather in the region, and will wrap up the series on Sunday at 1:00 pm.
Sarah Calta led the Terps at the plate on the day, notching a team-best four hits with a RBI.
Friday’s opening game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, as neither offense could get into a groove against Madison Martin or Indiana’s Tara Trainer. Indiana notched its opening hit of the game in the third but couldn’t produce a run, while Maryland’s first hit came in the fourth on a single from Kristina Dillard.
The Hoosiers finally broke through in the bottom of the fifth, after a single and bunt single in succession put runners on with no outs. A sacrifice bunt then moved the runners to second and third, before a wild pitch scored Taylor Uden for the game’s first run.
Down 1-0 in the top of the seventh, Maryland finally managed to manufacture a run thanks to a leadoff single from Kassidy Cross. After Trainer retired the next two batters, Sarah Calta came up huge with a two-out double to left center to score Cross and tie the game.
The Hoosiers found a way late in the bottom half, after a leadoff single and sac bunt put a runner on second. An error moved a runner over to third, before Bella Norton managed to put a ball out to center field. Cross made the catch, then gunned the ball to Dillard at the plate to try and prevent the game-winning run from crossing. Uden escaped the tag, and slid over home plate to give Indiana the walk off win.
Indiana had its offense rolling early, scoring three runs in the first two innings to pace a 5-0 victory over Maryland in game two Friday. The Terps notched seven hits in the game, but couldn’t convert on scoring opportunities as they move to 9-32-1 (2-12 B1G) on the year.
A home run from Taylor Uden provided the Hoosiers with a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, before pitcher Hannah Dewey managed to get out of a bases loaded jam to end the frame.
One of Maryland’s better opportunities on the afternoon came in the top of the second, after consecutive singles from Hannah Dewey, Amanda Brashear and Dillard had the bases loaded with one out. A strikeout and fly out would end the frame and get Indiana hurler Emily Kirk out of the inning.
The Hoosiers would tack another run on in the bottom of the second, after a leadoff triple from Erin Lehman turned into a 3-0 lead. Indiana added insurance in the fifth after a pair of lead off hits, as the hosts took care of business down the stretch to improve to 21-15 (7-9 B1G).