PISTCATAWAY, N.J. – Maryland (11-36-1, 4-16 B1G) split its doubleheader with Rutgers (14-34, 5-15 B1G) on Wednesday, winning the day's opening game 4-3 before being edged one run in game two. Junior Skylynne Ellazar led the Terps at the plate with four hits on the day, while freshman Anna Kufta tallied three RBIs.
Maryland wrap up the regular season this weekend at home for a three-game series vs. Wisconsin.
Senior Sarah Calta delivered the game-winning hit in Wednesday's doubleheader opener, slapping a single into shallow left field to push Maryland to a 4-3 win. Redshirt senior Madison Martin closed out the bottom half to earn the save, putting Rutgers down in order to clinch the one-run victory.
With two outs in the seventh, Hannah Dewey and Kristina Dillard earned walks in succession to keep the inning alive. It was then Calta came through with the clutch single, as Dewey hustled into home to beat the throw comfortably and give the Terps their first lead of the contest.
The Scarlet Knights struck first in the bottom of the third, getting the lead off runner on and moving her over to third. A two-out infield hit from Nicolette Anico would score one, before a RBI double from Rebecca Hall would make it 2-0 Rutgers. Sierra Maddox would tack on another run for hosts with a RBI single before a lineout ended the inning.
Maryland answered back in the top of the fifth, after Strange and Ellazar reached base on back-to-back singles. A sacrifice bunt from Amanda Brashear moved the runners over the second and third to bring Anna Kufta to the plate.
Kufta came through, poking a single up the middle to clear the bases before making it over to second on the throw. Hannah Dewey then tied the game, powering a single out of the infield to bring in Kufta from second.
The Terrapins escaped a jam in the sixth, after Rutgers moved a runner over to third with one out. The Scarlet Knights went for the suicide squeeze, but a charging Hannah Dewey got to the ball and flipped it from her glove as Dillard put the tag down to keep the game even. A ground out would eventually end the frame as the teams went to the seventh locked at three.
Rutgers scored four runs in the middle innings to hang on for a 4-3 win in the day's second game. The hosts got on the board first, as a single from Hailey Hoklotubbe fell into left field to bring in a runner from second in the bottom of the second. The Scarlet Knights would pad their lead with a run scored in both the third and fourth before the Terps managed a run in the top of the fifth.
A leadoff double put Destiney Henderson in scoring position, before Ellazar eventually executed picturesque bunt down the right field line for a single. Amanda Brashear then came through with a single through the right side to make it 3-1, but a double play would put the brakes on the rally and end the inning.
Rutgers would push its lead back to three after a solo shot from Rebecca Hall made it 4-1 in the bottom of the fifth.
Maryland kept fighting until the end, as the Terrapins staged a seventh inning rally to try and extend the game. Brigette Nordberg got the rally started with a one-out single, before an Ellazar walk and Brashear single loaded the bases.
Kufta notched a RBI on a fielder's choice, before Dewey brought the Terps within one on a two-out single to left center. Rutgers would halt the comeback bid with a ground out to pick up the win.