April 28, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Kerry Hickey threw a no-hitter Wednesday night in the first game of the Terps' doubleheader against Delaware State. The Terrapins (31-19, 7-10) won 8-0 in six innings in game one and 5-1 in the second.
Hickey threw her second no-hitter of the season and tenth of her career in the first game. She allowed one walk in her 6.0 innings and recorded seven strikeouts.
Over the last week, the Terrapin pitching staff of Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight has allowed just one earned run in the last five games (33.0 innings). Knight and Hickey have combined for 38 strikeouts and have given up just 13 hits. The duo currently owns the best ERA in the Atlantic Coast Conference (1.56).
Maryland's offense came through Wednesday as well. As a team, the Terps hit .333 against the Hornets. Senior Nadine Blackie had four hits on the night and nine Terrapins notched hits. They forced the Hornets into seven pitching changes in 11.2 innings.
In game one, junior Marisha Branson got the Terrapins on the board in the bottom of the second inning. With Alex Schultz and Blackie both on base, Branson hit her fourth home run of the season to score three runs.
Maryland ended the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hornets pitcher Brittany Ruark loaded the bases with two walks and a single. With no outs, freshman Sara Acosta grounded out to score pinch runner Melissa Mancuso from third. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin followed with a single to centerfield to bring in Niki Lau and Vangie Galindo.
Hickey doubled down the left field line to score McLaughlin and make the score 7-0. Blackie doubled to score Lauren Ghent, who pinch ran for Hickey.
Knight, the current ACC Pitcher of the Week, started in the circle in the second game. She allowed one run, gave up five hits and recorded 12 strikeouts in her 7.0 innings.
Galindo helped get the Terrapin offense started in the bottom of the third inning. She singled, then stole second with two outs. She scored off Acosta's double to left centerfield to put the Terps up 1-0.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth inning, freshman Nikki Maier drew a walk to bring in Branson for a run. Galindo followed with a double down the leftfield line to score two more runs.
The Hornets scored their run in the top of the sixth inning when Andrea Waters hit a solo home run to centerfield.
In the bottom of the sixth with the Terps up 4-0, Mancuso singled to lead off the inning. Blackie followed with a bunt single, and then Mancuso and Blackie both stole to advance to third and second. Knight bunt singled to load the bases and Maier brought in the Terps' final run when she drew another walk.
The Terrapins will play host to Longwood (35-15) for a doubleheader at Robert E. Taylor Stadium Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.