KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Maryland softball team opened the Citrus Classic with a pair of losses Friday afternoon as it fell to Nebraska-Omaha and Radford in Kissimmee, Fla.
The Terps return to action tomorrow with a pair of tough matchups against No. 25 Auburn (3:30 p.m.) and No. 4 Oregon (5:45 p.m.)
Game One – Nebraska-Omaha 4, Maryland 1
Mandy Gardner went 2-for-3 with an RBI in her season debut as Maryland dropped its opening game of the tournament to Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1.
After a clean first inning for Terrapin pitcher Kaitlyn Schmeiser, Nebraska-Omaha took advantage of a Maryland error in the second inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Senior Amanda McCann and freshman Sarah Calta threatened in the third inning with first and second, but Shannon Bustillos grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning. The Mavericks tacked on another run when Andrea Lutmer connected for a solo shot.
The Terps cut their deficit in half, 2-1, in the fourth inning, however when Gardner launched a double into the gap to score freshman Kylie Datil. It was Gardner’s first game since March 27, 2013 due to injury.
Lutmer abruptly answered for Nebraska-Omaha, stroking her second home run of the game over the fence to give the Mavs a 4-1 lead and the eventual victory.
Schmeiser allowed three earned runs and struck out five batters in 6.0 innings, while Jaymi Bautista-Geiger pitched a scoreless seventh.
Game Two – Radford 6, Maryland 1
A four-run inning fifth inning propelled Radford to a 6-1 victory over Maryland in the Terrapins’ second game of the afternoon.
McCann opened the game with a leadoff walk, but Radford retired the side and carried its momentum into the bottom of the inning. The Highlanders used some heads-up baserunning and a hit to take an early 2-0 lead.
Radford then doubled its lead when Jessie Hutchens launched a two-run home run (16th career) to give her team a 4-0 advantage with two outs. The inning continued as Summer Robinson knocked in a pair of runners with a double to cap the scoring at six.
The Terrapins answered with a run on a Bustillos double in the sixth to score Calta, but it was all the scoring the team could muster as they fell, 6-1.