April 11, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team beat Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia Tech 7-3 Sunday afternoon in the final game of a three-game weekend series. The Terps (25-16, 3-8) celebrated the careers of their three seniors, Alex Schultz, Lydia Fowler and Nadine Blackie Sunday afternoon as well.
The Terrapin offense and pitching of junior Kerry Hickey were both in control for much of the game. Hickey pitched all seven innings and gave up five hits, just two prior to the seventh inning, one walk and racked up seven strikeouts.
Five Terrapins had hits in the win, including Schultz who had three in her four at-bats. She drove in two RBI as well. Fowler, making her fourth start of the year, went 2-for-2 at the plate with a walk.
The Maryland offense took an early 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Vangie Galindo and freshman Sara Acosta both got on base by a walk and by a Hokie error. They advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by VT pitcher Kenzie Roark and both scored on sophomore Kathy McLaughlin's single to second with no outs. Schultz followed with a single and advanced to second on the throw from the outfield, scoring McLaughlin.
Following McLaughlin's run, Virginia Tech sent in Jasmin Harrell to take over in the circle. Harrell walked Hickey and advanced her to second and Schultz to third on a wild pitch. Schultz scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Marisha Branson.
The Terps scored a run in the bottom of the third to go up 5-0. Schultz led off with a double off the wall and after advancing to third, scored on another sacrifice fly by Branson.
Maryland scored its final two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Galindo reached on a fielding error by Hokie outfielder Marra Hvozdovic and scored with Acosta's double. Schultz doubled again two batters later to score Acosta.
The Hokies scored all three of their runs in the top of the seventh inning. Misty Hall homered off the left field foul pole to put Virginia Tech on the board. Kristin Graham reached on a fielding error with two outs. Kristina Cruz drove in their second run with a double and Stephanie Kujawa singled to drive in Cruz for the final run.
The Terrapins will head north to take on Towson Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m.