COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Candice Beards went 4-for-7 and Jessica Warner went 3-for-6 in her Terrapin debut as the Maryland softball team dropped a pair of games to Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon.
The Terrapins close out the three-game series with Georgia Tech Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Maryland Softball Stadium.
Game 1 – Georgia Tech 7, Maryland 4
Madison Martin posted three hits and Beards went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the first game of the day as Maryland fell to Georgia Tech, 7-4.
The Yellow Jackets jumped on the board early as Ashley Thomas reached base on a bunt single and advanced to second on a bunt. After taking third on a sacrifice by Hayley Downs, Thomas scored on a sacrifice fly by Alysha Rudnik.
Maryland answered right back with a little bit of leadoff magic of its own, as Amanda McCann walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Teammate Lindsey Schmeiser then doubled down the right field line to score McCann.
After tacking on a run in both the second and third innings to open a 3-1 lead, Georgia Tech added two more in the fifth for a 5-1 advantage. Maddie Lionberger got the inning going with a leadoff triple to right center, while Rudnik capped off the frame with a deep homer.
The Terps answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, as Warner hit a double to left field. Beards continued the inning, followed by a Martin RBI single that scored Warner. Bridget Hawvermale then notched a single of her own to score Beards.
Beards answered a two-run Yellow Jacket sixth with an RBI double of her own, but it was not enough as Maryland fell, 7-4.
Game 2 – Georgia Tech 4, Maryland 1
L. Schmeiser, Beards and Warner each tallied two hits in the second game of the day, but Maryland fell 4-1.
Georgia Tech was strong out of the gates again, tallying a run in the top of the first after Thomas singled up the middle and made her way around the basepaths.
After scoreless frames in the second and third innings, the Yellow Jackets scored three runs in the fourth to open a 4-0 lead. Georgia Tech did the damage on four hits, including a two-RBI single by Lionberger.
Maryland battled back for a run in the bottom of the fifth after Hawvermale was hit by a pitch and McCann singled to shortstop. After Hawvermale was ruled out on interference, L. Schmeiser scored McCann with a single through the left side.