COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland fell in the opening game, before rallying for a 7-4 victory in game two to split its doubleheader with St. Francis (PA) Wednesday. The Terps used a six-run fifth inning to clinch the win over the Red Flash (20-16) and move to 16-24 on the year.
UMD will resume conference play this weekend with a three-game home series vs. Indiana.
Game 1 – Box Score
St. Francis used seven hits and a complete game performance from Abby Trahan in the circle to take a 3-0 win in the day’s opening game at Maryland Softball Stadium. Sami Main and Sydney Golden combined to throw seven innings with just two earned runs allowed in the circle. Maryland’s offense managed six hits, including two each form Brigette Nordberg and Kassidy Cross, but couldn’t push any runs across.
The Red Flash got on the board early, with two batters reaching after getting hit by pitches in the first inning. An error would eventually make way for a run in the inning, before a solo shot in the top of the second pushed the visitors to a 2-0 edge.
Taylor Wilson notched her first career triple in the bottom of the fourth, slicing a ball past a diving right fielder with two outs. The Terps couldn’t bring her home though, as the Red Flash extended their lead in the ensuing inning with their second homer of the day.
Maryland's best chance at a rally would come in the sixth, after getting Skylynne Ellazar and Nordberg on first and second with one out. A fly out and ground out would eventually end the frame as St. Francis sealed the victory.
Game 2 – Box Score
Maryland rallied from a one-run deficit in the fifth inning, scoring six runs on seven hits to eventually take a 7-4 victory over St. Francis in game two. A three-run home run from Anna Kufta would make the difference on the offensive end, as Ryan Denhart turned in a complete game in the circle to earn the win.
Down 2-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Terps used back-to-back bunt singles from Kassidy Cross and Amanda Brashear to put two runners on with no outs. Ellazar, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, would come through with a single to load the bases in her ensuing at bat.
Freshman Hannah Eslick then delivered in a pivotal at bat, knocking a two-RBI single to give the Terps a 3-2 lead. Fellow freshman Sammie Stefan kept the momentum going, slicing a single into left field to score Ellazar and push the lead to 4-2. Kufta then smashed her second homer of the year, putting a ball over the fence in left center to clear the bases.
The Red Flash would finally record an out on the next batter, while the Terps got one more hit from Wilson before the inning ended.
St. Francis battled until the end, scoring two runs in the seventh, but it was not enough as Denhart forced a ground out to put the game away.