March 18-19, 2017 || Maryland Stadium
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland will play its first home games of the 2017 season this weekend when the Terps play hosts for the 2017 Maryland Invitational at Maryland Stadium.
Buffalo, Binghamton and James Madison will make the trip to College Park, with seven total games being played Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland Invitational.
Both of Maryland’s Saturday games will be streamed live via BTN Plus.
- Friday's game between Buffalo and Maryland has been cancelled due to field conditions. All games Saturday and Sunday are still projected to be played as scheduled.
- Maryland secured another marque victory in thrilling fashion on March 5, rallying from a 7-1 deficit in the seventh inning to knock off #24 Missouri in extra innings.
- Down 7-1 entering the seventh inning, the Terrapins rallied off six runs in the final frame to tie the game and force extra innings. In extras, Maryland scored one in the eighth and one in the ninth while keeping Missouri off the board in the ninth to seal the victory.
- This was the largest comeback for the Terrapins since March 27, 2015 when Maryland overcame a 10-2 deficit to win 11-10 in the first ever Big Ten game played in College Park.
- Maryland’s upset over No. 1 Florida on Feb. 18 was one of the top stories in college softball on the weekend, as the Terps defeated the Gators 4-2 in Gainesville.
- The Terps entered the game winless on the season, but erased a two-run deficit in the first inning with four unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth to knock off the previously unbeaten Gators.
- The win was the first for Maryland over a ranked opponent since May 12, 2012 when the team topped Florida State 4-3 in College Park.
- The four earned runs forced off of senior Florida pitcher and All-American Delanie Gourley were the first she had surrendered all season, entering the game 4-0 on the year with a 0.00 ERA in 18 innings.
- The loss was the first for Florida at the Aquafina Invitational (or its home tournament) since 2007.
- Florida's only regular-season non-conference losses the past four seasons came against Missouri (then in the Big 12) and Florida State teams ranked in the top 10 at the time. Both losses were in extra innings. Even then, neither opponent managed to score as many as four runs in the regulation seven innings.
- Senior Madison Martin was instrumental in Maryland's win over Florida, going 3-for-4 at the plate with a run and RBI while earning the save in the 4-2 victory.
- She came through clutch in the circle for the Terps in the bottom of the 6th inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam with a strikeout and ground out. She then closed out the Gators in the bottom of the 7th to hand the No.1 -ranked hosts their first loss of the year. She hit .583 for the weekend overall at the Aquafina Invitational and tallied 5 strikeouts from the circle.
- Martin has a team-low 3.13 ERA and pitched eight innings for the Terps in the team’s extra innings win over #24 Missouri on March 25. The Edmond, Okla. native threw a one-hitter complete game to steer the Terps to a 3-0 victory on Feb. 24 against Bowling Green.
- Senior Juli Strange broke out at the plate at Louisiana-Lafayette, going 8-for-16 with three runs and three stolen bases.
- Strange’s hot hitting down in Louisiana boosted her season average, as she now ranks second on the team with a season avg. of .322.
- Junior Skylynne Ellazar will look to build off her tremendous sophomore season in 2016 for the Terps, where she finished with the third highest season batting average ever (.399) for a Terrapin.
- Ellazar also currently holds the career batting average record at Maryland (min. 80 at-bats) with a .389 mark. She is a full .40 points above the No. 2 player on the list (Vangie Galindo 09-12) and will again be a staple in the lineup for the Terps this season.
- “Sky” led team in batting average (.399), slugging percentage (.574), on base percentage (.458), runs scored (32), hits (59), doubles (12), total bases (85) and assists (103) and was second in RBIs (29) and home runs (4) last year.
- Ellazar was named one of “10 NCAA Softball Juniors to Watch in 2017” by fastpitchnews.com on January 30.
- Head coach Julie Wright is within striking distance of 200 career wins, coming into the 2017 with 191 career victories in her eighth season as a Division I head softball coach.
- After amassing 53 wins during her two-year stint at Akron, she put together 126 victories at Idaho State, which included three consecutive Big Sky Regular Season titles.
- Maryland will open up Big Ten play at home next weekend when the Terps host Ohio State for three games.