COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland fell in both of its games Saturday to wrap up its Big Ten series with Indiana. Indiana (18-24, 10-2 B1G) won game one 9-3, before using a late flurry of runs to clinch a 9-1 win in game two. Maryland (16-27, 5-7 B1G) will return to action on Tuesday, April 17 for a doubleheader vs. Rutgers on the Big Ten Network.
Game One – Box Score
Indiana used nine hits to score nine runs while pitcher Tara Trainer threw a complete game in the circle to give the Hoosiers a 9-3 win in the opening game. Maryland managed to tie the game at three thanks to a Hannah Eslick triple in the bottom of the fifth, but Indiana’s offense grabbed the lead back in the sixth on two three-run homers.
Down 3-0 entering the bottom half of the fifth, two singles from Amanda Brashear and Kassidy Cross put two runners on with one out. A walk Mikayla Werahiko would load the bases, before a strikeout made it two outs for Eslick.
The Glen Burnie, Md. native, who has come through in tough spots throughout the season, was clutch again, smashing a ball just below the left field fence. The freshman’s first career triple would clear the bases, tying the game at three.
Indiana responded in a major way in the top of the sixth though, scoring six unanswered runs that ultimately made the difference.
Game Two – Box Score
Indiana sealed the final win of the series with a seven-run seventh inning to wrap up play at Maryland Softball Stadium Saturday.
The first six innings of the contest remained close, as Sydney Golden settled in after allowing a run to cross in the first. Indiana took a 2-0 lead in the fourth, but a RBI single from Jacqui Pascual cut the deficit to one in the bottom half.
Maryland was in prime shape to score in the sixth, after Brigette Nordberg lucked into a double after the right fielder lost a ball in the sun. Eslick came through with a single as well, before pinch runner Bailey Boyd put runners on second and third with no outs.
Trainer got the visitors out of another jam though, recording three straight outs to escape the inning and eventually earn the save.