COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Wisconsin used 10 hits to scatter eight runs as the Badgers took the series opener from Maryland 8-3 Friday evening. Freshman Anna Kufta dazzled at the plate, knocking a game-high three RBIs to keep the Terps in it early, but Wisconsin overpowered in the later innings for the five-run win.
Maryland honored three members of its senior class in the first part of its senior weekend celebrations, as Jordan Aughinbaugh, Hannah Dewey and Kristina Dillard were recognized in a pre-game ceremony along with their friends and family.
Kufta blasted her sixth home run of the season to tie the game at two in the bottom of the third. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native sent a ball off the left field foul pole for the homer, as she brought in fellow freshman Amanda Brashear to make it 2-2.
Wisconsin quickly regained command in the top of the fourth, using three hits and an error to go up 4-2. The visitors would tack on three more runs in the fifth, before Kufta again delivered a RBI on a single down the right field line in the fifth.
The Badgers tacked on a run down the stretch on a solo shot from Jordan Little. Pitchers Kaitlyn Menz and Kirsten Stevens combined for seven innings from the circle allowing just four hit to the Terps on the evening.
The teams are scheduled to return to the diamond tomorrow for a 1:00 pm game.