Five-Run Fifth Propels Terps to Win vs. Hawaii

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HONALULU, Hawaii – Maryland tallied a season-high 12 hits to score seven runs and knock off host Hawaii 7-6 in the finale of the Rainbow Wahine Classic Sunday. A five-run fifth inning made the difference for the Terrapins, as the squad battled back from a three-run deficit to plate the eventual game-winning run.    

Maryland (10-19) finished 3-2 at the tournament, marking its second winning weekend in three weeks.

The Terps put together one of their finest offensive innings of the season in the fifth, using six hits to score five runs and erase the three-run hole. After a pop up, a single from Amanda Brashear and double from Skylynne Ellazar put runners on second and third. A ground out would make way for a two-out rally, as the Terps tallied four consecutive hits to take the lead.

It started with a two-RBI double from Shelby Younkin to put the Terps within one, before Bailey Boyd tied the game with a RBI single on the first pitch of her at bat. Anna Kufta notched the go-ahead run with a double down the left field line, before Mikayla Werahiko capped the rally with a RBI single for run number seven.

Hawaii managed to get one run back in the sixth, but Sydney Golden thwarted any real danger from the Rainbow Warriros to secure the win.    

Maryland’s offense got working early in the contest, as Brashear notched her team’s first hit of the day with a one-out single in the first. A wild pitch would move her over the second, before Jacqui Pascual knocked a single through the left side to score the Terps’ first run of the game.

Bailey Boyd kept the momentum going in the second, leading off the inning with a shot to left field for her first home run of the season. Hawaii cut into Maryland 2-0 lead in the bottom of the inning, using two hits and an error to score a run.

The hosts took control in the bottom of the third, as a three-run homer off the bat of Calleen Heen gave Hawaii its first lead of the game, 4-2. Maryland had a chance to answer back in the top of the fourth, as two singles and a walk loaded the bases, but a grounder ended it.

The Rainbow Warriors would tack on another run in the fourth, using two hits to take a three-run lead before Golden got the Terps out of the jam.    

Maryland will kick off conference play next weekend with a three-game series against Penn State in University Park, Pa.