COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland swept its doubleheader with Rutgers Tuesday evening, winning the opening game 5-3 before rallying from a six-run deficit in game two to secure a 8-7 walk off win.
Sophomore catcher Anna Kufta and senior first baseman Jacqui Pascual led the Terps at the plate, combining to go 8-for-12 with five RBIs and five runs scored. Freshman Ryan Denhart picked up two wins in the circle for the Terps, totaling eight innings of work and six strikeouts on the day.
The Terps (18-27, 7-7 B1G) continue Big Ten action the next two weekends against #14 Michigan and Ohio State before hosting Michigan State the weekend of May 4.
Game 1 – Box Score
Pitcher Ryan Denhart had a spectacular start in the circle with five strikeouts across over six innings to help notch the 5-3 win in the opening game at Maryland Softball Stadium.
The Terps’ offensive charge was led by Anna Kufta, who drove in two runs on two hits in the game. After Kufta got the Terps on the board, Jacqui Pascual helped the Terps keep pace with Rutgers when she drove in the runner from second in the fourth inning to tie the game at two.
Maryland would take control in the bottom of the fifth, as Kufta drove in the go-ahead run on a RBI single. A fielder’s choice from Baily Boyd would score two more runs from the Terps, before the Scarlet Knights got out of the inning.
The visitors would make things interesting in the seventh, loading the bases with two singles and a walk. Sydney Golden would get the nod to close the game with two outs, and came through with a game-winning strikeout to seal a two-run win.
Game 2 – Box Score
Maryland erased a six-run deficit in the sixth inning to notch a come-from-behind victory in the night cap Tuesday to clinch the sweep.
Rutgers got off to a quick start with a first inning run, but the Terps answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the second. Rutgers would add one more in the fifth, before both offenses exploded in the sixth inning.
Rutgers appeared to have the game in hand after the top of the sixth, scoring five runs to take a 7-1 lead. But the Terps were prepared to answer, starting with Skylnne Ellazar's sixth home run of the season to lead off the bottom half. Kufta then came up and smashed a home run herself, as the back-to-back homers cut the lead to four.
After a couple runners got on base, Mikayla Werahiko drove in her second run of the day on a RBI double, bringing up Amanda Brashear with a chance to keep the rally alive. The Chino, Calif. native came through in a critical spot, delivering her first career home run over the center field fence to tie the game at seven.
Denhart took care of business in the top of the seventh, paving the way for a walk off for Jacqui Pascual in the bottom of the inning. After doubles from Ellazar and Nordberg, Pasucal launched a ball into right field for her first walk off hit clinching the doubleheader sweep and Maryland’s seventh win in Big Ten play.