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At the end of the top of the first, it looked like the Maryland Terrapins had a chance to win their first game of the Texas Invitational against the 4-0 Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Four hits in a row, including two from freshmen Anna Kufta and Amanda Brashear, gave Maryland a 1-0 edge. It quickly expanded the lead to 2-0 on a Minnesota error.
However, the Terps couldn’t hold onto the lead and the Gophers came from behind to top Maryland 10-2.
Maryland was meeting the Minnesota Golden Gophers for the second time in three days. After a rough first four games that left the Terrapins 0-4, including a close 3-2 loss to the Gophers, Maryland was eager for a fresh start.
The Gophers came back swinging and quickly gained a 3-2 advantage with only one out in the bottom of the first.
Terrapins pitcher Madison Martin quickly struck out the next two Gophers to keep the game close as the game moved into the second inning.
Despite junior offensive weapon Skylynne Ellazar recording her second hit of the game, the Gophers worked quickly to keep the game moving. The Terrapins earned no runs in the top of the second.
Maryland only allowed Minnesota to score one more run during its turn at bat in the second, but the score gap was only growing.
Freshman Brigette Nordberg hit a single in the third, but she was the only Terrapin to make it to first base.
At the start of the bottom of the third, the Terrapins were losing, but the two-run deficit seemed manageable. However, the Gophers would soon extend their lead.
Maryland failed to hold off the Gophers during their next trip to the plate. Minnesota freshman MaKenna Partain made it to first base on a leadoff walk and after one out junior Dani Wagner joined Partain on an error.
Senior Sam Macken was the Terrapins demise as she hit a homerun to right center, bringing Partain and Wagner home with her.
Now down 7-2 halfway through the game, the Terrapins came up to bat surely hoping to fight back. But, after a two-out single, the Terps left a runner on base to end the top of the fourth.
The bottom of the fourth was more of the same, with the Gophers offense hitting a leadoff double followed by a single to put their runner on third.
Maddie Houlihan made it home on a walk to advance the lead to 8-2.
A scoreless top of the fifth for the Terrapins brought the Gophers up to bat again. A killer combo of a walk, triple and single took the Gophers to a 10-2 lead.
Now behind by 8 runs, the run rule was invoked and the Gophers won after five innings to put Maryland’s season record at 0-5.
The Terps will travel to Gainesville next weekend for the Aquafina Invitational. Maryland will take on FIU, Northwestern State, Florida A&M and Florida during the weekend tournament.
Edited by Max Marcilla
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