May 1, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team split its doubleheader with Longwood Saturday afternoon. The Terps (32-20, 7-10) won the first game 3-1 and fell to the Lancers (36-16) 5-1 in the second.
Coming off of her tenth career no-hitter Wednesday against Delaware State, junior Kerry Hickey threw five innings without giving up a hit in the first game. Hickey allowed just one hit and one earned run in the first game, with both coming in the top of the sixth inning.
Maryland got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when freshman Sara Acosta tripled with one out and sophomore Kathy McLaughlin followed with a single. Next, senior Alex Schultz doubled to right field to drive in Acosta. McLaughlin scored on a Lancers' error to make the score 2-0.
Longwood rallied in the top of the sixth inning, when pitcher Briana Wells doubled down the leftfield line. Brittney Latka pinch ran for Wells and advanced to third base on a wild pitch by Hickey. Latka scored when Kami Nuckols bunted to bring in the run.
In the sixth inning, the Terps added another run. With the bases loaded, freshman Lexi Carroll was hit by a pitch to bring in Branson from third.
Sophomore Kendra Knight started at pitcher in game two. Knight stayed in the circle through four innings and allowed just two runs and two walks. She added seven strikeouts.
The Lancers scored two in the top of the fourth inning. Wells drew a walk and advanced to second on Nichole Simmons' single to left. Brittany Matthews doubled to right field to bring in both Wells and Simmons.
Maryland got its run in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Nadine Blackie walked and then advanced to third off Knight's single to right. Junior Marybeth Herrick singled to bring in Blackie for the score.
Longwood added two more runs in the top of the sixth when Maggie Margadonna doubled to bring in Simmons and Nuckols. In the seventh, Camille Ketsdever singled and advanced on a few sacrifice outs. She scored on a wild pitch by Hickey.
The Terrapins will close out their regular season next weekend at Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Boston College. The Terps and the Eagles will take the field Saturday, May 8 at 1 p.m. for a doubleheader and Sunday, May 9 at 1 p.m. for a single game.