Terps Power Past Princeton, 7-5

March 6, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team split its games Saturday, falling to Towson 2-0 in its first game and powering past Princeton 7-5, to move to 7-7 on the year. Sophomore pitcher Kendra Knight threw 18 strikeouts against Towson and held them scoreless through five innings.

In a tight pitcher's duel with Towson's Katie Lingmai, Knight did not allow a hit until the top of the sixth inning and struck out 13 of the first 16 Towson batters. The Tigers scored the only runs of the game in the sixth, when Towson's Sammi DiPompo singled to center. The Tigers' Courtney Wittner scored DiPompo and pinch runner Kelly Lyons with a triple. Knight stuck out the final Towson batter to close the inning.

The Terrapins' Marisha Branson and Nikki Maier got on base with by an error and a hit by pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning, but were left on base to end the game.

In game two, junior Kerry Hickey started on the mound. She threw 10 strikeouts in her six innings of work and gave up just one walk.

The Terrapins got on the board early, when sophomore Kathy McLaughlin singled to left field, and senior Alex Schultz doubled two batters later to score her. Hickey drove in freshman Sara Acosta, who was walked, with a fly ball to left field and Branson drove in Schultz with a ground out. The Terps closed the first with a 3-0 lead.

Princeton's Lizzi Pierce singled to lead off the third inning, but was caught stealing second when freshman catcher Samantha Mallory caught her out.

Schultz led off the Terps' third inning with her second double of the day. Two batters later, Branson doubled to score Schultz and freshman Lexi Carroll doubled next to score Branson. They closed the third up 5-0.

Sophomore Vangie Galindo singled to open the bottom of the fourth and McLaughlin followed with a single of her own. Acosta reached on a fielder's choice, in which Galindo was thrown out at third. Two batters later, Hickey doubled to score Acosta and Schultz scored on an error to make the score 7-0.

In the top of the sixth, Princeton's Kelsey Quist hit a three-run homer off Hickey to make the score 7-3. Megan Weidrick followed with a double and scored off of Sarah Rounsifer's single two batters later.

Carroll earned her first appearance on the mound in the top of the seventh. The struck out two of the three outs, but allowed a run off an error, which finalized the score at 7-5.

The Terps will take the field Sunday at 12:30 p.m. against Mount St. Mary's. Towson will take on Princeton at 10 a.m. Live stats will be available and admission is free for all fans wishing to attend.

Listen to Terrapin softball head coach Laura Watten Mondays at 3 p.m. live on The Coach Watten Show at

-Go Terps