AUBURN, Ala. – Maryland split its first two games of the Tiger invite Saturday, defeating Delware 4-1 before falling to No. 13 Auburn 12-1 in five innings. The Terps will return to action tomorrow at Jane B. Moore field with games against Saint Francis (PA) at 9:00 am ET and host Auburn at 11:30 am ET.
Game 1 – Box Score
Freshman Ryan Denhart threw her first career complete game as Maryland secured a win in its opening game over Delaware, 4-1 on Saturday morning. Denhart allowed just three hits in the contest, striking out two while the Maryland offense recorded nine hits to clinch the three-run victory.
The Terps wasted no time getting on the board against the Blue Hens, starting with a bunt single from sophomore Kassidy Cross to lead off the bottom of the first. That brought up senior Skylynne Ellazar, who blasted a home run over the center field fence to give UMD a quick 2-0 lead. Maryland would get a couple more singles in the inning, but Delaware held off the onslaught to keep the lead at two.
Sophomore Brigette Nordberg picked up her first RBIs of the year in the third inning, after JoJo McRae and Ellazar and eventually moved over the second and third on a pair of errors. Nordberg ripped a two-out single through the left side to put the Terps ahead 4-0 before the Blue Hens could get out of the jam.
After retiring the first 11 batters she faced, Denhart surrendered a solo shot to Delaware’s Mariah Kondravy in the fourth to make it 4-1. From there, the Los Alamitos, Calif. native limited any threats from the Blue Hens, forcing fly outs and ground outs batter after batter as Maryland sealed its second straight win.
Game 2 – Box Score
No. 13 Auburn used 11 hits to score 12 runs to earn an 11-run victory over Maryland in the team’s second game of the day Saturday. Four different Tiger players finished with multi-hit games, while the Terps managed just one in the five-inning contest.
Maryland did manage to open up the scoring in the second inning, after Nordberg walked and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Anna Kufta. A passed ball would then open up the door for Nordberg to make it home, putting the Terps ahead 1-0 heading into the bottom of the inning.
That’s where the Tigers made their move, scoring their first five runs to take the lead. The 2017 Super Regional participants cruised from there, scattering seven more runs to clinch the win.