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Terps Welcome Rutgers for Doubleheader Tuesday

Maryland Athletics
4-16-2018
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Rutgers
Ohio State vs. Maryland
Maryland
April 17, 2018 || Maryland Softball Stadium
Tues. 5:00 pm || 7:30 pm 

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The Maryland softball team (16-27, 5-7 B1G) will host Rutgers (17-21, 2-7 B1G) Tuesday for a midweek doubleheader at Maryland Softball Stadium. The contests conclude a stretch of seven home games in six days for the Terrapins, who are looking to rebound after dropping three to Indiana last weekend.

Rutgers will look to get back in the win column after dropping two games to Michigan over the weekend. Both games will be broadcast live on the Big Ten Network. First pitch for game one will be at 5:00 pm, with game two beginning 30 minutes of the conclusion of game one. 

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• Freshman Hannah Eslick has been impressive in tight spots throughout the season for the Terps, most recently hitting a game-tying three-RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth against Indiana on April 14. Eslick came through in a big moment against St. Francis (PA) on April 11, driving a two-RBI single to the outfield to give the Terps the lead in the bottom of the fifth. 

• Maryland’s 5-1 start in Big Ten play was its best since joining the conference in 2014-15, and was one game shy of the best start ever in conference competition in program history. Maryland’s last 5-1 start in conference action came during the 1999 season, when the Terps started ACC competition 6-1 before winning the conference regular season and advancing to the NCAA Regional Finals. 

• Junior Sydney Golden was outstanding during the first two weeks on conference play, holding a 0.84 ERA in 25.0 innings. Golden went 4-0 in four appearances to start Big Ten play and struck out 11 while throwing 24 shutout innings during the stretch.   

• Senior Skylynne Ellazar came through in a crucial moments for the Terps in their first two Big Ten series of the season, launching a go-ahead solo shot in the top of the seventh to help the Terps clinch the series over Penn State on March 25. She went 6-for-9 from the plate while slugging 1.111 on the weekend.

• Ellazar was the hero again against Iowa on April 1, scoring the only run of the game with a solo homer in the fourth inning. It was the fourth home run of the season for the Kahului, Hawaii native, who has hit .480 in conference play with seven RBIs and five runs. Ellazar currently holds a 13-game reached base streak entering this weekend’s games. 

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