Feb. 8, 2008
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Meghan Booth scored the winning run in the top of the ninth inning as the University of Maryland softball team defeated 12th ranked Michigan, 2-0, in nine innings Friday afternoon in the FAU Kick-Off Classic. Later in the day, Maryland scored twice in the bottom of the third inning and three pitchers combined on a five-hitter for a 2-1 victory over Massachusetts. The pair of wins gave Maryland its first 2-0 start in school history.
In the ninth inning of the opener, Booth was placed on second base per the international tie-breaker rule which applies to extra-inning games at the tournament. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jenny Belak and scored on a single by Niki Lau. Lau, who advanced to second on an error, then scored an insurance run on a single to left field by Hickey.
Maryland starting pitcher Sarah Dooley struck out four in 5-2/3 scoreless innings. Kerry Hickey (1-0), who only allowed one hit with three strikeouts in 3-1/3 innings, came on to strike out Dorian Shaw to strand Michigan's Samantha Findley at third base in the bottom of the sixth.
Michigan Jordan Taylor (0-1) pitched four perfect innings before Maryland's Alex Schultz broke up the perfect game with a single in the top of the fifth inning. Taylor pitched all nine innings and ended up with seven strikeouts.
In the Terps' second game, starter Hickey (2-0), Meredith Nelles and Dooley controlled the Minutewomen striking out five while allowing five hits. UMass starter Bailey Sanders (0-1) allowed only three hits, but two runs in a six-inning complete game loss.
In the Maryland third, Booth walked to start the inning and advanced on a fielder's choice attempt by Lau. Belak loaded the bases with a single and Hickey drove in Booth with a sacrifice fly. Breanna Shaw then singled home Lau for a 2-0 lead.
Stacy Cullington scored for the Minutewomen on a Lauren Proctor single to left field. Massachusetts threatened in the top of the seventh inning, but Dooley got Cullington to pop out to second base to end the game with runners on first and second to earn the save.
Maryland softball returns to action Saturday afternoon with games against North Florida and host Florida Atlantic at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively.
Maryland 000 000 002 - 2 4 0 Michigan 000 000 000 - 0 6 4Sarah Dooley, Kerry Hickey (6) and Brittany Beesho; Jordan Taylor and Roya St. Clair. W - Hickey, 1-0. L - Taylor, 0-1.
Massachusetts 000 001 0 - 1 5 0 Maryland 002 000 X - 2 3 0Bailey Sanders and Jessica; Kerry Hickey, Meredith Nelles (5), Sarah Dooley (7) and Brittany Beesho. W - Hickey, 2-0. L - Sanders 0-1, S - Dooley, 1.