Terrapins Beat #19 Florida State, 4-1
May 5, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team outhit No. 19 Florida State Saturday en route to a 4-1 win in the second game of the doubleheader. After leading in the sixth inning in game one, the Terps fell 4-3.
Maryland (33-19, 9-8 ACC) outhit the Noles (45-12, 16-4) 19-7 and carried a .413 batting average as team on the day, as compared to Florida State's .152. Sara Acosta, Vangie Galindo, Amanda McCann and Kathy McLaughlin each had three hits on the day.
Senior Kendra Knight threw all 14.0 innings in the circle for the Terrapins. She allowed just seven hits, four earned runs and 12 strikeouts.
In game two, the Terrapins got on the board early. Candice Beards drove in a run with a ground out to score McLaughlin from third and a 1-0 Maryland lead. The Noles tied it up in the top of the second off of a base hit by Courtney Senas.
Maryland added two runs in the top of the fourth. With runners on second and third, McLaughlin singled, then advanced to second on a Florida State error, which scored the second Maryland run. Then, Galindo reached on another error that gave Maryland the two-run lead.
In game one, the Noles took an early lead when Tiffani Brown led off with a base hit, then scored off Shayla Jackson's double. Jackson scored off Briana Hamilton's sacrifice fly.
The Terrapins got on the board in the bottom of the third. McLaughlin doubled with one out, then scored when Shannon Bustillos doubled off the right field wall.
In the bottom of the fourth, McCann led off with a single through the right side. Melissa Mancuso tied it up two batters later with a double off the center wall. Galindo gave the Terrapins the 3-2 lead with a two-out single to left to score Mancuso later in the inning.
Florida State took back the lead for good in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded and one out, Brown reached on a Maryland error to tie the game. The next batter, Jackson, walked to bring in another run and make it a 4-3 Seminoles lead. Knight struck out the next two FSU batters to stop the damage.
The Terps and the Seminoles will meet for the final game in the series Sunday at noon in College Park. The Terrapins will be honoring all five of this year's seniors - Vangie Galindo, Bree Hanafin, Kendra Knight, Kathy McLaughlin and Sloane Van Meter - prior to Sunday's game.
This senior class has helped lead the Terrapins to an overall record of 136-88 (.607), the most ACC wins of any class (38) and back-to-back NCAA Regionals appearances for the first time in school history.
Galindo needs just four hits to become Maryland's all-time hits leader. She currently has 216 in her stellar career and needs 220 to break Jenny Belak's record.
Admission and parking to Sunday's game are free. The game will be streamed live online for a fee on TerpsTV Premium and GameTracker live stats will be available.