March 27, 2010
ATLANTA, Ga. - NOTE: Sunday's game will be played at 9 a.m. instead of 1 p.m.
The Maryland softball team dropped two games to No. 11/8 Georgia Tech in its second Atlantic Coast Conference series Saturday afternoon. The Terrapins (19-11, 0-4) lead for much of the first game, but were unable to hold on to the close lead. Maryland fell 9-8 in the first game and 3-1 in the second.
Junior Kerry Hickey was one of the Terrapins' leaders at the plate and in the circle. She started the first game at pitcher and threw 6.2 innings with seven strikeouts. At the plate, she had five hits in her eight at-bats, including a home run and two doubles.
The Terps took an early 5-0 lead after scoring two in the first and three in the second. After two walks to open up the first inning, Hickey doubled to score sophomore Vangie Galindo and junior Marisha Branson singled to score senior Alex Schultz.
Freshman Sara Acosta hit her first career home run to open the third inning. In the fourth inning, Hickey doubled, but was called out at third on the play. Schultz scored after being hit by a pitch to get on base.
The Yellow Jackets scored four runs in the fourth inning off a few singles and Terrapin errors. They cut the Terps' lead to one in the fifth when Kelsi Weseman homered.
In the sixth, the Terrapins worked to keep the lead by scoring their final two runs. Hickey homered to score Schultz and make the Terrapin's run total eight.
Georgia Tech scored two in both the seventh and eighth to take the lead at 9-8. Kate Kuzma doubled in the sixth to score Jen Yee. Kristine Priebe grounded out and scored Kuzma. In the seventh, Kristen Adkins bunted to score Weseman and knot the score at eight. Christy Jones singled to left to score Caitlin Jordan to take the lead at 9-8.
In game two, sophomore pitcher Kendra Knight started in the circle for Maryland. Georgia Tech jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
The Terrapins got on the board in the top of the fourth when freshman Courtney Kane walked with the bases loaded to score Hickey from third. Tech scored its final two runs of the game in the fifth when Kuzma hit a two-run home run.
Knight ended the day pitching six innings, giving up four hits, four walks and eight strikeouts.
Game time for Sunday's game has been moved from 1 p.m. to 9 a.m., due to pending rain.