April 4, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team took a 6-2 win from #19/16 Florida State Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Atlantic Coast Conference series. The Terps (21-15, 1-7) forced the Seminoles (33-7, 6-3) to give up the most runs they have this season with strong production at the plate.
Seven Terrapins earned hits in the win, with senior Alex Schultz leading with two.
The Terrapins struck early, scoring their first run in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin singled with two outs and scored off Schultz's triple to the left field wall.
Maryland scored two more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-0 lead. Senior Lydia Fowler walked as the second batter of the inning. She advanced to second on an illegal pitch by FSU's Sarah Hamilton. Freshman Courtney Kane tripled to score Fowler and scored when sophomore Vangie Galindo reached on an error.
Junior Kerry Hickey started in the circle for the Terps. Hickey and the Terrapin defense forced the Seminoles into two 1-2-3 innings in the second and third. The Seminoles put their first run on the board in the fourth inning when Shayla Jackson scored on a sacrifice fly by Ashley Stager.
Hickey was called for an illegal pitch, which advanced Mallory Borden to second. Sophomore Kendra Knight came on to take over in the circle.
The Terrapins responded in the fourth with three runs and forced Florida State into two pitching changes within the inning. FSU's Terese Gober came on to relieve Hamilton to start the inning. Freshman Nikki Maier walked to open the inning and Knight followed with a single through the left side. Kane loaded the bases when she reached on an error. Gober then walked Maier and Galindo to score two runs.
After the two walks that scored runs, FSU's Lauren Varsalona came on to pitch. McLaughlin reached on an error that scored Lau from third, but freshman Sara Acosta and Galindo were out on a double play at third base. Hamilton returned to pitch in the middle of the fifth inning.
The Seminoles scored one more run in the top of the sixth. Borden drove in pinch runner Kristie McConn from second for the run.
The Terps wrapped up the win in the top of the seventh with runners on second and third when Knight struck out Tory Haddad looking.
The Terrapins will play host to George Washington in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday afternoon beginning at 5 p.m. at Robert E. Taylor Stadium.
GAMETRACKER NOTE: We apologize for any inconvenience caused due to technical difficulties that did not allow Gametracker to work. We suffered a loss of internet, which would not allow for live stats to run. We expect to have the issue fixed prior to Wednesday's game and thank you for your continued support of the Terrapins.