March 17, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Maryland softball team won both of its games Wednesday morning in the Florida Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Terps earned 9-1 wins over both Akron and Columbia and moved to 12-9 on the year. Sophomore Kendra Knight threw a no-hitter over six innings against Columbia.
The Terrapin pitching staff of junior Kerry Hickey and Knight combined for a dominant day in the circle. They pitched just 11 innings and recorded 19 strikeouts between them. They gave up four hits and two runs, just one earned. Hickey started the first and Knight started the second game. She finished the day with 14 strikeouts, gave up just two walks and threw her first career no-hitter.
The Terrapin offense exploded in both games. The Terps scored 18 runs in 11 innings between the two games - their most production at the plate this season. As a team, they collected 17 hits, 14 RBI, and hit .347 over the two game stretch.
In the first game of the day, Hickey pitched for all five innings, gave up just one run and recorded five strikeouts.
Freshman Lexi Carroll got the Terrapin offense started with a single in the top of the second, which was followed by Hickey's double. Freshman Nikki Maier got on base when she was hit by a pitch. Freshman Sara Acosta scored all three with a double to centerfield. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin got on base on an error by Akron, which scored Acosta for the Terps' fourth run.
The Zips scored their run in the bottom of the fourth inning after Krista Hansen's single to left field and Alissa Birkhimer's double.
The Maryland offense turned on the heat again in the fifth with the help of a few of errors by the Zips. Sophomore Michelle Takeda walked and Vangie Galindo singled to open the inning. Senior Alex Schultz scored Takeda with a double and Galindo scored when Carroll reached on a fielder's choice. Schultz scored on a Zips' error and senior Nadine Blackie, who reached on an error, also scored on an error. Lauren Ghent, who pinch ran for Carroll, scored on an error as well.
The Lions scored in the top of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead on a Terrapin error, a walk and a wild pitch, but not without Knight striking out eight Lions' batters in the first three innings.
Schultz, the leader of the Terps at the plate this season, doubled to right field in the bottom of the third inning. Blackie singled to score Schultz, then junior Marisha Branson reached on an error to score Blackie. Maier singled to get on base, then Knight singled to score Branson and make the score 3-1.
Schultz hit her third home run of the year to open the fourth inning. Hickey followed with a single and Blackie got on base when she was hit with a pitch. Branson singled up the middle to score Ghent, who pinch ran for Hickey. Carroll grounded out to score Blackie and Knight singled to score Branson and push the score to 7-1.
Branson opened with a single through the right side in the bottom of the sixth. Maier homered to score two runs and end the game at 9-1.
The Terps will stay in Florida for the week to play in the University of South Florida's The Game tournament. Some game times for this weekend have been changed. The Terps will play No. 18/17 Oklahoma State at 1 p.m. and Florida Gulf Coast at 6 p.m. Friday, North Florida at 10 a.m. and Dartmouth at noon Saturday and Texas Tech at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Some of the weekend's games will be streamed live at the tournament central web page. Games that will be streamed will be chosen closer to game time and live stats may be available on a game to game basis. There is a live chat available for fans at the tournament web page, which is The Game tournament central.
For updated information on the Terps and their trip south, log on to Umterps.com.