April 6, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Sarde Stewart's two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning led the University of Maryland softball team to a 4-3 victory over Florida State on Sunday afternoon. The Terps improve to 27-10, 3-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Seminoles drop to 31-15 and 7-5 in the ACC.
Down two runs in their final at-bat, the Terps had two runners on with no one out after Niki Lau singled and Meghan Booth was hit by a Tiffany McDonald (13-5) pitch. Both runners advanced on a Jenny Belak sacrifice bunt. After a McDonald strikeout, the Terps were down to their final out when Stewart stepped up and singled.
The Seminoles took the early advantage when Jessica Gilmore doubled in the second before Carly Wynn singled her home to give Florida State a 1-0 lead.
The Terps responded in the bottom of the inning when Kerry Hickey and Devon Williams led off with consecutive singles. Booth hit a sacrifice fly to score Hickey and Belak followed with the 200th hit of her career to give Maryland a 2-1 advantage.
The Seminoles tied the game in the fifth when Brittany Osmon doubled off the wall in right-center field to score Whitney Buckmon and took the lead on Monica Montez's single that scored Osmon.
Maryland starter Sarah Dooley finished with four strikeouts and three runs in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Hickey came on to pitch two scoreless innings before winning pitcher Meredith Nelles (10-3) came on in the seventh to shut down the Seminole threat with two on and one out.
McDonald pitched a complete game, striking out six in a losing effort for Florida State.
The Terps return to action Tuesday with a non-conference doubleheader against Georgetown. The first game is slated to start at Robert E. Taylor Stadium at 4 p.m.
Florida State (31-15) 010 020 0 3 8 1 Maryland (27-10) 020 000 2 4 7 2Tiffany McDonald and Jessica Gilmore; Sarah Dooley, Kerry Hickey (5), Meredith Nelles (7) and Brittany Bessho. W - Nelles, 10-3. L - McDonald, 13-5.