May 9, 2010
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Maryland softball team closed out its regular season Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader at Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Boston College. The Terps (33-21, 8-11) took the first game 5-1 and fell in the second 6-3.
Junior Kerry Hickey started in the circle in the first game. She threw 4.0 innings and allowed just four hits and one earned run. She notched two strikeouts as well. Hickey earned her 20th win of the season Sunday. She is the third Terrapin to earn 20 wins in a season and first since 1999 to break the mark.
Sophomore Kendra Knight came on in the fifth inning and allowed six runs, just three earned, two walks and tallied 11 strikeouts.
Vangie Galindo got the Maryland offense going in the top of the first inning with a leadoff single. Boston College pitcher Taylor Peyton walked Kathy McLaughlin and Alex Schultz to load the bases with one out. Marisha Branson singled up the middle to bring in McLaughlin and give the Terps a 2-0 lead.
The Eagles scored a run in the bottom of the third off Renee Ramos' single to bring in Lisa Omoto.
Niki Lau started the fifth inning with a triple to right field and scored off Sara Acosta's sacrifice hit. McLaughlin followed with a single, then stole second and scored when Schultz singled through the left side. Maryland scored its final run of the game in the top of the seventh inning. With the bases loaded, Branson sent a sacrifice fly to centerfield.
BC took the lead in the second inning of the second game. Rene Delagrammaticas reached on an error and eventually scored off Maria's Pandolfo's single down the righ field line. The Eagles scored four in the bottom of the fourth inning. With the bases loaded, Maria Pandolfo hit a grand slam to left field. They added a run in the fifth when Ramos scored after a series of Terrapin errors.
Freshman Lexi Carroll came in as a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth and hit her second career home run to score two for the Terps. In the top of the seventh, Acosta doubled and scored on an Eagles' error.
Both teams will head to Blacksburg, Va. next week for the ACC Softball Championships, which begin Friday, May 14.