PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – Despite holding the 13th-ranked Stanford Cardinal to just two hits, the Maryland softball team fell in dramatic fashion, 2-1, Friday at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
Trailing by a run with two outs in the decisive seventh inning, Terrapin freshman Sarah Calta made a mad dash for home after a pitch trickled away from Stanford catcher Jessica Plaza. Calta’s gamble nearly paid off, but the Cardinal managed to tag her out at home and end the game.
Maryland posted its strongest pitching performance of the season, holding the nationally ranked Cardinal to just two hits and zero earned runs. Brenna Nation pitched the first three innings, before Lindsey Schmeiser shut the door with three innings of hitless softball in relief.
Neither team posted a hit through the first few frames until Stanford broke through on a critical Terrapin error. The leadoff error extended the inning, allowing Bessie Noll to deliver a two-run double that gave the Cardinal a 2-0 advantage.
The Terrapins threatened in the fourth inning with runners on second and third and one out, but Stanford got out of the jam with consecutive groundouts.
Maryland struck gold in the next inning when Juli Strange reached base on an error. Strange advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Corey Schwartz, and then took third on a single through the right side by Bridget Hawvermale. The Terps then manufactured a run on their own as Strange took home after Hawvermale stole second.
The rally fell short in the seventh, however, when Calta was tagged out at the plate.
The Terps return to action tomorrow night against No. 8 UCLA (8 p.m. ET) and Cal Poly (10:30 p.m. ET).