March 24, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team's offense kept its momentum going Wednesday night with two wins over Colonial Athletic Association opponent James Madison. The Terps (19-9, 0-2) won the first game 8-0 in six innings and the second game 9-7. The Dukes fell to 12-16 after the series.
The Terrapins, who are riding a nine-game win streak, found power at the plate in the last week and Wednesday night proved to be another strong night offensively for the Terps. As a team, they hit .396, scored 17 runs, racked up 21 hits, five home runs and drove in 16 RBI.
Senior Alex Schultz, the current ACC Player of the Week, hit two home runs on the evening, including a walk-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the first game. She went 4-for-4 in the second game with another home run and is batting .400 on the year.
Sophomore Vangie Galindo, and juniors Kerry Hickey and Marisha Branson, all hit home runs in the two games. Junior Niki Lau had four hits in her six at-bats on the evening, knocking in two RBI along the way.
In the first game, Hickey started in the circle for the Terps. In six innings, she gave up one hit, which came in the top of the fifth, one walk and tallied seven strikeouts.
Lau drove in the first two runs of the evening in the bottom of the second when she singled through the right side to score freshman Nikki Maier from third. Sophomore Kathy McLaughlin singled next to score freshman Sara Acosta. Branson hit her homer in the third to make the score 3-0.
Hickey singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth to score Lau and freshman Courtney Kane from second and third. In the fifth inning, Lau singled to score Maier and Acosta scored on an out to finalize the score at 8-0.
Sophomore Kendra Knight, the ACC's Co-Pitcher of the Week, started the second game for the Terrapins. She finished the night giving up eight hits in seven innings and four walks. She recorded 10 strikeouts in the game.
Hickey broke open the game for the Terrapins in the bottom of the third when she hit a three-run home run to score Schultz and Lau as well.
Knight doubled to open the bottom of the fourth inning, then scored on Acosta's double. With Lau on base, Schultz homered to center for her second of the night and to put the Terps up 8-0.
The Dukes responded with a four-run fifth inning to prolong the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Acosta doubled again to leadoff. She scored off Schultz's single. James Madison scored three runs in the top of the seventh off Courtney Manning's second home run of the year to score Kendra Johnson and Ashley Burnham.
The Terps will pick up ACC play this weekend with a series at No. 11/8 Georgia Tech. Maryland will take the field at 1 p.m. Saturday for a doubleheader and 1 p.m. Sunday for a single game.