HONALULU, Hawaii – Maryland split its opening games of the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic Friday, first falling to No. 4 Tennessee before sealing a 5-4 extra innings victory over Cleveland State in its second game.
The Terps will return to action tomorrow with games scheduled against North Dakota (6 pm ET) and Tennessee (8 pm ET).
Game One – Box Score
Maryland notched three hits and held a lead in the fourth inning, but was outlasted by No. 4-ranked Tennessee in their first game of the day at Rainbow Wahine Stadum. The Volunteers tallied 12 hits to score seven runs, including a five-run fifth inning to take command.
Freshman Ryan Denhart kept it close in the early innings, escaping jams and stranding runners to leave Tennessee scoreless. Maryland broke through in the top of the fourth, after Skylynne Ellazar knocked a single and made it over to second base during the ensuing at bat. Jacqui Pascual then stepped up to blast a double down the left field line, scoring Ellazar to put the Terps ahead 1-0.
The Volunteers quickly answered back in the bottom half of the inning, using back-to-back singles to get runners on with no outs. Denhart would limit the damage, getting a line out and ground out to end the frame.
The fifth inning would prove costly for the Terrapins, as Tennessee used four hits to tally five runs to take their first lead of the game. The Volunteers would tack on an insurance run in the sixth to seal the six-run win.
Game Two – Box Score
Maryland scored the game-winning run in the top of the eighth to defeat Cleveland State 5-4 in extra innings in the team’s second game of the day Friday.
The contest would come down to the final play, as the Vikings got a two-out single to try and score a runner from second to tie. Freshman Shelby Younkin shut the door on CSU, throwing a rocket from right field to the glove of Anna Kufta, who laid down the tag for the final out.
The game-winning run was manufactured in the top half of the inning, as Kufta sacrificed Kassidy Cross over to third to give the Terps a runner at third with one out. Bailey Boyd would step in to drive in the game-winning run, launching a ball deep to right center for the sacrifice fly.
Maryland’s offense was working early, as the Terps scored two runs in the first inning to get out to a quick 2-0 lead. Ellazar and Kufta would both tally RBIs in the inning, before Amanda Brashear posted a RBI single of her own in the second to put the Terps ahead 3-0.
Cleveland State did not go away, scoring a run in the second off a solo shot before tying the game in the fifth with a pair of runs. Maryland would go back up in the seventh, thanks to a RBI single from Jacqui Pascual. The lead was short lived however, as Cleveland used a pair of singles to tie the game at four in the bottom half. Denhart rose to the occasion, forcing a ground with the bases loaded to force extras.