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The Maryland Terrapins fell to the Florida A&M (FAMU) Rattlers in a game that went from tied to a 5-1 win for the Rattlers in the seventh inning.
Going into this game, both Maryland and FAMU were winless and on the hunt for their first victory of the season.
The matchup began well for the Terrapins when pitcher Madison Martin got a ground out with the bases loaded to prevent the Rattlers from scoring.
In their next at bat, the Rattlers scored a single run off of loaded bases but the Terrapins defense got FAMU out on a double play and a subsequent run down.
Although Maryland didn’t put any runs on the board through the second, top hitter freshman Amanda Brashear made it home in the third inning on a triple from junior Skylynne Ellazar.
With two outs already, freshman Anna Kufta grounded out to end the inning and move the game into the fourth inning.
Now with a tie against a relatively even opponent, both teams needed to capitalize on their strengths to overcome the other.
Maryland’s defense intensified in the top of the fourth, holding off the Rattlers with a diving catch by freshman outfielder Kassidy Cross.
The Terrapins managed to get senior Juli Strange to second base in the bottom of the fourth, but failed to convert the opportunity to a run when the Rattlers pushed the Terps to three outs with a strikeout.
Martin kept the Rattlers from scoring in the top of the fifth, keeping the tie frozen at 1-1. However, FAMU reciprocated in the bottom of the fifth and Maryland only managed one hit in their turn at bat.
Things looked good for the Terrapins in the top of the sixth, when Martin pitched three consecutive outs, seemingly giving them an opportunity to move ahead.
Tied 1-1 at the bottom of the sixth was the best yet in the season so far for the Terrapins. It appeared to be a potential tipping point for their season record. However, the sixth went quickly for the Terrapins turn at bat, and they failed to put any more runs on the board.
The Rattlers took the plate in the top of the seventh. If this inning was to go anything like the past six, they would put a few on the bases but struggle to bring them home against Martin’s pitching ability.
The top of the seventh, however, changed the direction of the game.
In the eleventh hour for the Rattlers, they put two on base with a bunt single followed by an error.
After pitching a little over six innings, Martin was replaced by sophomore pitcher Ari Jarvis, who has pitched the most innings so far this season.
Following this switch, FAMU sent not only the two already on base home, but two more after a series of missteps by the Terrapins.
After no runs scored by either team in four innings, the Rattlers’ last-minute effort to score runs paid off, giving them a 5-1 advantage going into the bottom of the seventh.
In their final opportunity to turn things around, Maryland couldn’t catch up to the Rattlers, and the score remained to end the game.
Edited by Megan Smedley.
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