LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sophomores Amanda Brashear and Brigette Nordberg went a combined 8-for-16 with five RBIs and two runs to lead Maryland (6-12) to a Saturday sweep over Eastern Illinois, 3-2 (8) and IUPUI, 5-1 at the Black & Red Classic..
Brashear hit a walk-off single as part of a 3-for-4 effort in the first game to score freshman Shelby Younkin and defeat the Panthers 3-2 in eight innings. In game two, Nordberg, Brashear and Younkin all had two hits to lead a solid offensive effort.
GAME ONE - Box Score
In Maryland’s third extra inning game of the year, Amanda Brashear slapped an infield single with one out in the bottom of the eighth to give the Terps a 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois.
Ryan Denhart had another strong outing in the circle, throwing to all but one batter in eight innings, only surrendering two earned runs in the seventh inning. The freshman struck out four to lower her season ERA to 2.28.
Denhart and Eastern Illinois pitcher Michelle Rogers held strong, not allowing a hit either way until the third inning. Brashear would get the first for the Terps in the bottom of the third with a single to third.
Maryland broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Freshman Taylor Wilson led off with a double to left. After the next two batters went down, Brigette Nordberg came through with a clutch two-bagger to score Wilson. Brashear followed with her second hit of the contest to make it 2-0 Maryland
Eastern Illinois tied the game up in the top of the seventh with a two-run homer. After the Terrapins couldn’t score in the seventh, the game went into extras.
With tournament rules calling for a runner to start on second in extra innings, Denhart used three groundouts to work out of trouble in the top of the eighth. In the bottom half, sophomore Kassidy Cross caused an error, putting runners on second and third. With one out, Brashear would win it, scoring the tiebreaking runner to give Maryland a 3-2 win.
GAME TWO - Box Score
For the second straight day, Maryland defeated IUPUI, this time by a 5-1 advantage. Brigette Nordberg, Amanda Brashear and Shelby Younkin all notched two hits, while Sydney Golden threw 5.1 innings of one-run ball before Ryan Denhart came in to close out the final two frames.
As in the first game, both teams pitching and defense held their opponent off the scoreboard for the first three innings. The greatest scoring threat came from the Jaguars as they loaded the bases with one out in the second, Golden used a strikeout and fly out to Brashear in left to escape trouble.
As she did in the first game, Taylor Wilson started off the Maryland go-ahead inning with a double in the bottom of the fourth. After sophomore Lauren Graves singled to shortstop, Younkin came through with a timely two-out, two-run single to give the Terps a 2-0 lead.
A sacrifice fly by Wilson followed Nordberg and Brashear singles to add an additional run in the fifth. After IUPUI got one back in the sixth to cut the Terrapin lead to 3-1, a Nordberg triple scored Younkin and Cross who both reached on singles for two insurance run to expand the lead to 5-1 in the bottom half.
Golden got the win in the circle, throwing 5.1 frames, allowing five hits and one run before Denhart finished the game, throwing 1.2 innings of clean softball.
Maryland will wrap up the weekend at the Black & Red Classic tomorrow morning against Miami (OH) at 10:00 a.m.