Maryland Takes Down North Dakota Saturday

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HONALULU, Hawaii – Maryland split its second day of games at the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic Saturday, first defeating North Dakota 2-1 before dropping a 10-0 decision to Tennessee.

The Terps (9-19) will play their final game of the tournament tomorrow when the squad battles host Hawaii at 10:00 am HT/4:00 pm ET.

Game One – Box Score

Maryland used a two-run fifth inning and a steady pitching performance from freshman Ryan Denhart to pick up a 2-1 win over North Dakota in the team’s first game Saturday. Despite just two hits, the Terps were perfect on defense with no errors and squashed the Fighting Hawks’ rallies to secure the victory.

It was a pitchers’ dual early, as neither side could muster much offense in the opening frames. Maryland finally broke through in the fifth, starting with a leadoff walk from Jacqui Pascual. A sacrifice bunt would move pinch runner Kassidy Cross over to second, before an error allowed Bailey Boyd to reach and score Cross.

A timely hit through the right side from Anna Kufta would score the eventual decisive run, brining Boyd around from second to make it 2-0.

Senior Destiney Henderson would make her 2018 debut in the sixth inning, knocking an infield single to third base. It was the Fontana, Calif native’s first game action after missing the first part of the season due to injury, and her hit was met with cheers and applause from the Maryland faithful in attendance.

North Dakota would make things interesting in the top of the seventh, as the first two Fighting Hawks reached base with no outs. A failed bunt attempt turned into an easy pop out for Kufta, before another single loaded the bases.

Denhart didn’t flinch as a fielder’s choice turned into a run for UND, as the ensuing batter’s ground ball came right back to her for the final out.

Game Two – Box Score

Fourth-ranked Tennessee used 11 hits to score eight runs and capture a 10-0 victory over Maryland in the team’s afternoon game Saturday.

The Volunteers got up quickly, using three hits in the first to score their first run of the game. The Vols added a solo shot and a double steal to make it 3-0 in the top of the third.

Sydney Golden kept the Terps within striking distance throughout the first six innings, limiting any marathon innings while fanning three batters.  

Tennessee tacked on six runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.