March 30, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team split a midweek doubleheader Tuesday evening with RV/RV Hofstra (18-5, 3-0) at Robert E. Taylor Stadium in College Park. After losing a tight match 2-0 in the first game, the Terrapin offense fired back with a 10-2 win in five innings in the second game. Maryland (20-13, 0-5) has won 14 of its last 15 non-conference games.
Eight Terrapins had hits in the second game and five had more than one hit. As a team, the Terps hit .400 in both games with 20 hits and nine RBI. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin led with five hits in her six at-bats, while senior Alex Schultz and freshman Sara Acosta each added four.
The Maryland pitching unit of junior Kerry Hickey and sophomore Kendra Knight combined to give up only nine hits in 12 innings in the circle. They gave up four runs, two walks and recorded 12 strikeouts. The Pride batters hit just .184 against them.
Knight started in the second game and threw four hitless, and scoreless, innings for the Terps. She added five strikeouts. In the top of the first inning, Hofstra loaded the bases with a pair of walks by Knight and a Terrapin error. Knight struck out Michalowski to end the inning without a Pride run.
The Terrapin offense found its production in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Vangie Galindo lead off with a walk and four straight Terrapin singles by Acosta, McLaughlin, Schultz and freshman Lexi Carroll scored three runs. With Carroll and Schultz still on base, Knight hit her first career home run to bring in three more runs for the Terrapins.
Maryland went on to score a run in each of the next four innings. Acosta opened the second inning with a single, then scored off Schultz's single up the middle.
In the bottom of the third inning, Galindo singled to get on base. She scored off of a throwing error by Hofstra's catcher Courtney Crews to second base. In the fourth inning, freshman Nikki Maier scored from second after a single to get on base and a single by junior Niki Lau.
In the top of the fifth, pinch hitter DJ Slugh hit a double to center for the Pride's first hit of the game. She advanced to second on Tessa Ziemba's single and scored on a passed ball. Ziemba scored the Pride's second run off single by Becca Bigler.
In the bottom of the fifth, Carroll drove in the Terrapin's game-winning run with a double to right centerfield to score McLaughlin.
Hickey started in the first game. The Pride took an early 1-0 lead when Michele DePasquale hit a home run in the top of the first. Hofstra scored again in the top of the seventh when Bigler singled to open the inning, advanced to second on an out, then scored off Sara Michalowski's double. Hickey ended her appearance with seven strikeouts in her seven innings.
The Terps will play host to No. 19/16 Florida State this weekend in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series. The teams will take the field Saturday at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader at Robert E. Taylor Stadium and Sunday at 1 p.m. as well. The Terrapins will be hosting"Blackout" for Saturday's games.