AUBURN, Ala. – Maryland (2-7) dropped its final games of the Tiger Invite Sunday, falling 1-0 in a closely contested game vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (5-5), before falling 8-0 in its finale vs. #13 Auburn (12-0). The Terrapins will return to competition next weekend for five games at the Aquafina Invitational in Gainesville, Fla.
Game 1 – Box Score
Freshman Ryan Denhart turned in a quality outing in the circle, striking out four while throwing a complete game, but a late run made the difference as St. Francis secured a 1-0 victory. Denhart allowed just four hits in the contest, and was fantastic all weekend, holding a 1.02 ERA in 13.2 innings pitched.
The game turned into a pitcher’s dual early, with neither side allowing much offense in the game. Abby Trahan posted a big performance for the Red Flash, striking out 10 while allowing just three hits to clinch the victory.
Maryland’s best chance to score came in the fourth inning, after sophomore Brigette Nordberg ripped a one-out double to center field. It was one of five hits for Nnordberg on the weekend, making way for Jacqui Pascual to reach on a fielder’s choice and move her over to third. The Terps couldn’t convert with runners on the corners however, as St. Francis escaped the jam.
A single from Mikayla Bower in the sixth inning turned into the game-winning run, as a late two-out rally from the Terps fell short in the seventh.
Game 2 – Box Score
13th-ranked Auburn recorded eight hits to score eight runs and remain unbeaten in Maryland’s Tiger Invite finale against the hosts on Sunday afternoon. The Terrapins held of the Tigers in the opening inning, but four consecutive two-run frames sealed the win for Auburn after five innings.
Makayla Martin struck out five in five innings to secure her sixth win of the season for the Tigers.