GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Maryland scored seven runs and forced extra innings late, but came up just short of Illinois State Sunday, 8-7. Sophomore Brigette Nordberg had another standout day at the plate, finishing with three hits, three runs and two RBIs in the game, while seniors Skylynne Ellazar and Jacqui Pascual both turned in two-hi days for the Terps (3-11). Nordberg finished 8-for-15 on the weekend, scoring six runs while notching three RBIs.
After Illinois State got off to a 1-0 lead in the first, the Terps immediately responded with two runs thanks to a two-RBI triple from Pascual. It was the first career triple for the Huntington Beach, Calif native, and gave Maryland a one-run lead heading into the second.
A big inning from the Redbirds would swing the lead back to their hands, after a four-hit second inning made it 5-2. Maryland countered in the third, after a Nordberg double and ground out from Anna Kufta led to two runs.
Down one in the fifth, Nordberg then connected on her first career home run, driving a ball over the left field fence to tie the game at five. Illinois State took retook the lead in the seventh with two more runs, as Maryland was left to its final three outs in the bottom of the frame.
After a leadoff single from Sammie Stefan, Maryland found itself with a runner on first with two outs after consecutive ground outs. But, a two-out single from Ellazar and intentional walk for Nordberg loaded the bases for Jacqui Pascual.
An error on the Redbird third baseman would turn into two runs, as Maryland managed to tie the game before the end of the seventh.
A single in the top of the eight ultimately made the difference, as Maryland could not respond and fell in extras. Maryland will return to competition next weekend for five games at the Black & Red Classic hosted by Louisville.