May 22, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team survived one elimination game, now it will need to repeat that performance. The Terrapins advanced in the NCAA Regionals with a 4-1 victory over Syracuse Saturday afternoon.
The Terps (34-23) will face Fordham (48-11) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The winner of that contest will play Oklahoma at noon Sunday with a trip to the NCAA Super Regionals on the line. The Sooners advance with one victory. The Terps or Rams would need to defeat OU twice on Sunday.
The Terps took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning against the Orange. Freshman Sara Acosta and senior Alex Schultz each drew walks from Syracuse's Brittany Gardner with two outs. Junior Kerry Hickey loaded the bases with a single through the left side. Junior Marisha Branson drove in Acosta and Schultz with a single to right. Hickey scored on a throwing error by Orange shortstop Morgan Nandin.
Sophomore Kendra Knight started in the circle for the Terrapins, going 3 2/3 innings and allowing one run, but Hickey earned the win in relief.
Syracuse cut the lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Rachel Helman doubled to left centerfield and moved to third on Lisaira Daniels' single. Daniels stole second, then Lacey Kohl walked to load the bases with two outs. Knight caught Stephanie Watts looking for the final out of the inning.
Maryland scored again in the top of the sixth inning. Hickey got her second hit of the day with a single to left with two outs. Junior Marybeth Herrick came on to pinch run. Branson hit her second single to advance Hickey, and then senior Nadine Blackie looped one into right to push Branson to third and score Hickey.