Hickey Throws No-Hitter In Game One

April 10, 2010

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Kerry Hickey threw her ninth career no-hitter and first of the year in a 7-0 win over Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Virginia Tech in game one of Saturday's doubleheader. The Terps (24-16, 2-8) were edged by the Hokies 2-1 in the second game.

In game one, Hickey helped lead the Terps with nine strikeouts and allowed just one Hokie base runner on the day with a walk.

Maryland broke open the game early, with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Vangie Galindo opened the Terps' lineup with a walk, and scored on freshman Sara Acosta's bunt that ended up in a Hokie error. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin singled next and was followed by Hickey's double. Junior Marisha Branson tripled next to score Hickey and McLaughlin to make the score 3-0.

McLaughlin walked to open the third inning. She advanced to third after Hickey's single and a Virginia Tech error. McLaughlin stole home on a double-steal play that involved Hickey stealing second as well.

With her second triple on the year, senior Alex Schultz scored McLaughlin from second to take a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the extra-base hit, she slid into a tie with McLaughlin for third on the Maryland career triples list with seven. Hickey followed Schultz's triple with an RBI single to left field for a 6-0 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth, freshman Nikki Maier scored from third with two outs and the bases loaded on a wild pitch by Hokie pitcher Ashton Ward.

Sophomore Kendra Knight started in the circle in the second game. In her seven innings, she allowed two runs, both unearned, on just two hits. She recorded 12 strikeouts on the day and allowed just two walks.

The Hokies got their two scores in the top of the third inning. Bkaye Smith walked to open the inning. She advanced to third on a Terrapin error and a wild pitch by Knight. She scored when Courtney Liddle sent a sacrifice fly to right field. Ward, who got on base with the error, scored on a fielder's choice.

The Terps had four hits in the game, including one each from Galindo, Schultz, Hickey and Branson. Maryland scored its run in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch hitter Lexi Carroll pinch hit for freshman Courtney Kane and reached on error. Kane reentered after the play and scored when Galindo doubled to left center with two outs.

The Terps and the Hokies (16-25, 3-8) will meet again Sunday at 1 p.m. Maryland will be honoring its seniors Schultz, Nadine Blackie and Lydia Fowler prior to game time.

NOTE: The Terps' game at Towson, scheduled for Wednesday, April 14 at 5 p.m., has now been moved to 4 p.m.

-Go Terps-