Feb. 28, 2010
COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Maryland softball team fell to No. 4/4 Michigan 9-0 Sunday afternoon in its final game of the 2010 NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. The Terrapins are now 4-6 on the year after the first two weeks of the season.
Junior Marisha Branson was named to the Leadoff Classic All-Tournament team for her performance over the last five games. She finished the weekend going 6-for-11 at the plate with a batting average of .545. She knocked in seven RBI, scored four runs, and hit a double, a triple and a home run.
She also carries a near-perfect fielding percentage on the year starting the last six games at second base. For the season, Branson is batting .333 and is the team's RBI leader.
In the game against the Wolverines, the Terps were led at the plate by senior Nadine Blackie. She earned her ninth hit on the year, which is the most by any Terrapin so far. She also leads the team at the plate for the season with her .346 average.
Sophomore Kendra Knight started on the mound for the Terps. Michigan took an early 2-0 lead, scoring a run in each of the first and second innings. All three of Knight's strikeouts came in the first two innings in an effort to keep the win close.
Freshman Sara Acosta had the Terps' first hit in the game. She singled in the bottom of the first inning to advance sophomore Kathy McLaughlin to second. Blackie's single opened the bottom of the second inning.
The Wolverines found a way to pull away in the top of the third inning. Knight gave up two singles and two doubles to give Michigan a 5-0 lead. Junior Kerry Hickey took over the mound with two outs, and runners on second and third. Both scored to push the Wolverines' lead to 7-0.
The Terrapin defense held the Wolverine offense scoreless for the following two innings, but Michigan scored two unearned runs in the top of the seventh to finalize the score at 9-0.
The Terrapins will host the Maryland Round Robin Tournament next weekend, March 5-7 at Robert E. Taylor Stadium on campus in College Park. Maryland will host teams from Princeton, Mt. St. Mary's and Towson. For more information, log on to umterps.com.
Listen to Terrapin softball head coach Laura Watten Mondays at 3 p.m. live on The Laura Watten Show at WMUCSports.com.