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Maryland Headed to Indiana for Weekend Series

Maryland Athletics
4-19-2017
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MARYLAND
Ohio State at Maryland
INDIANA
April 21-23, 2017 || Andy Mohr Field
Fri. 6 p.m. || Sat. 1 p.m. || Sun: 1 p.m.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Terrapin softball will return to the diamond this weekend to play a three game series on the road in Bloomington, Indiana.

Maryland’s doubleheader at Rutgers has been rescheduled for April 26 due to impending inclement weather.  

The Terps hold a 4-3 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools, winning their final game of the season last spring 10-8 over the Hoosiers. Both teams have won two of three in a series against the other since Maryland joined the Big Ten.

All games are scheduled to be streamed via BTN Plus.     

 

WRIGHT REACHES 200 IN FRONT OF RECORD CROWD

  • Head coach Julie Wright won her 200th career game on April 15, as the Terps defeated No. 18 Michigan at Maryland Stadium.
  • To add to the excitement of the day, Maryland Softball Stadium set a new attendance record with an announced crowd of 1,015 to see Maryland clinch its third ranked win of the year.
  • After amassing 53 wins during her two-year stint at Akron, Wright put together 126 victories at Idaho State, which included three consecutive Big Sky Regular Season titles.     

 

KUFTA CONNECTS AT THE PLATE

  • Freshman Anna Kufta has been Maryland’s top hitter in conference play so far this season, coming into the weekend with a team-best 11 hits against B1G competition.
  • She hit .545 in 11 at bats against Northwestern with two runs scored and two RBIs, including a 4-for-4 performance in the opening game of the series.
  • She leads the team in slugging (.542) and home runs (5). 

 

DON'T RUN ON DILLARD

  • Senior Kristina Dillard has been one of the most sound defensive catchers in the Big Ten this season, as she ranks second in the conference in runners caught stealing with 15. She is on pace to eclipse her conference-best 16 runners caught stealing last year. 

 

COMEBACK KIDS

  • 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 SENDS SHOCKWAVES THROUGHOUT COLLEGE SOFTBALL

  • 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.

 

MARTIN STEPS UP

  • Senior Madison Martin has been Maryland’s go-to option in the circle this season, as she boasts a team-best 3.79 ERA in 125.2 innings while pitching two one-hitters. 
  • Martin was clutch for the Terps in their win over Northwestern on April 9, recording a strikeout the end the frame with runners in scoring position in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings.
  • Martin pitched eight innings for the Terps in the team’s extra innings win over #24 Missouri on March 5. 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 and tossed another against St. John’s on March 20. Martin threw just 68 pitches in seven innings to get the win vs. St. John’s.
  • She 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.

 

GOOD TO BE STRANGE

  • Senior Juli Strange has been one of Maryland’s most efficient players at the plate this season, as she ranks first on the team in runs (22) and ob% (.431).
  • The Valencia, Calif. native moved into the top-10 all-time in runs scored at Maryland in March, as her 117 career runs currently ranks 6th in school history.
  • Strange broke out at the plate at Louisiana-Lafayette, going 8-for-16 with three runs and three stolen bases.

 

SKY IS THE LIMIT 

  • 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.

   

Rutgers Rescheduled 

  • Maryland's double header at Rutgers has been resheculed for April 26 due to impending inclement weather. The Terps will then host Penn State April 28-30 for a three-game series at Maryland Stadium. 

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