LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Maryland (0-2) dropped both of its games on its doubleheader opening day Friday at the Stacy Winsberg Memorial Tournament hosted by UCLA. The Terps were edged in a close contest to Cal Poly 4-3 in their opening game, before dropping the evening cap to #4/5 UCLA 5-1.
Maryland’s pitchers fared well on the day, allowing just two earned runs in 12.0 innings while fanning six batters. The Terps will return to the diamond tomorrow with games slated against UC Riverside (5:30 pm ET) and Cal Poly (8:00 pm ET).
Game 1 – Box Score
Maryland scored the first three runs, and outhit the Mustangs 6-3, but dropped its season opener 4-3 to Cal Poly Friday. Sophomore Brigette Nordberg and freshman JoJo McRae both finished with multi-hit games, while several players made their Terrapin debuts.
The Terps came out of the gates swinging, thanks to a solo home run from senior Skylynne Ellazar in her first at bat of the season. Her shot to left center was the fifth of her career and first since her sophomore season as UMD took an early 1-0 edge.
The Terps kept the momentum flowing in the second, after Nordberg, freshman Sammie Stefan and junior Bailey Boyd all reached with no outs. A RBI single from McRae in her first collegiate at bat would put the Terps up 2-0, before a fielder’s choice from sophomore Kassidy Cross scored another.
The Mustangs would answer back in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs on two hits and an error to even the game at three.
Maryland would threaten with baserunners in consecutive innings, but could not drive in the go-ahead run. Cal Poly would eventually plate the winning run in the fifth.
Freshman Ryan Denhart and junior Sydney Golden both made their Terrapin debuts in the circle for Maryland, combining for three strikeouts and two earned runs over six innings while scattering three hits.
Game 2 – Box Score
Maryland managed to outhit No. 4/5 UCLA 5-4, but the Bruins used an early scoring barrage to secure a 5-1 victory in Maryland’s second game of the day.
The Bruins took a 1-0 lead early, then scored three runs in the second thanks to a three-run homer from Briana Perez. The hosts would tack one more on in the third to take a 5-0 advantage after three.
Junior Bailey Boyd got the Terps on the board with her first hit as a Terp in the top of the fourth, after freshman Sammie Stefan reached on a hard hit double down the left field line. Boyd would then launch a double into the gap of right center field to make it 5-1.
Maryland had opportunities in the late innings, including a one-out bases loaded chance in the top of the seventh, but could not capitalize. Pitchers Sami Main and Lauren Graves allowed just one run to cross in the final four innings.