COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Skylynne Ellazar had a standout day at the plate, hitting two three-run home runs to pace the Maryland offense, but it was not enough as the Terps (18-35, 7-15) dropped both legs of its doubleheader to Michigan State (23-25, 9-11) Friday evening.
The Spartans used early offense to secure a 7-4 victory in game one, before a late rally in a wild extra innings affair came up just short for UMD in the night cap. The teams will conclude their series tomorrow at 1:00 pm as both sides wrap up regular season play at Maryland Softball Stadium.
Game One – Box Score
A pair of home runs in the first two innings made the difference for Michigan State in the opening game, as the Spartans held off some late efforts from the Terrapins to take a 7-4 win.
A grand slam from Ebonee Echols got the visitors off to big start in the first, as four unearned runs put the Terps in an immediate hole. A three-run homer in the second inning would push the lead to 7-0, but Ryan Denhart settled in from that point on, allowing just two hits for the remainder of the game.
Ellazar provided the Terps a much-needed boost in the fifth, blasting a three-run home run to center field to bring her side within four. The rally was stopped short by the Spartans, as they got three straight outs to head back to dugout ahead 7-3.
A Destiney Henderson RBI single would score another run in the sixth, but Michigan State held off any momentum to pull out the three-run win.
Game Two – Box Score
The day’s second game turned into a wild affair, as Maryland rallied from a three-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the contest to extras.
Junior Sydney Golden turned in an admirable performance from the circle, allowing just three runs over the game’s first seven innings to give the Terps a chance heading into the seventh. After consecutive errors from the Spartan infield, Maryland had two runners on with no outs in the frame. A strikeout would bring Ellazar to the plate, and the senior delivered again launching her eighth homer of the season over the fence in right center.
Maryland couldn’t come through with a walk off hit, but the three-run blast would push the game to extras. Michigan State’s offense responded in the ninth, scoring three runs on two hits to go back up 6-3.
Down three, the Teprs continued to fight in the bottom of the inning loading the bases as the skies opened and brought a steady downpour to Maryland Softball Stadium. A Kassidy Cross two-RBI single would bring Maryland within one, before the game entered a 15-minute rain delay.
After the tarp was pulled, Anna Kufta walked to load the bases, but consecutive outs would get Michigan State out of the jam to end the three-hour contest.