Feature photo courtesy of Maryland Athletics.
Maryland entered today’s game without a win. Florida arrived without a loss.
That has since changed.
The 0-8 Terps pulled off an incredible upset to stun No.1-ranked Florida, 4-2 on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, Florida.
The game started out with the Florida Gators scoring twice in the first inning, and the onslaught looked to yet again be at the Terps’ expense.
However, the Terp’s defense stepped up in a major way. Senior pitcher Hannah Dewey and her outfield held the Gators scoreless for the next six innings. Five putouts a piece for senior first baseman Jordan Aughinbaugh and junior Destiney Henderson showcased the great defense.
The comeback started in the fourth inning when Kristina Dillard hit an RBI double, sending Skylynne Ellazar home. Aughinbaugh would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, sending Madison Martin to second base and bring Dillard home.
Henderson continued the stellar hitting during the fourth inning to bring Martin home with an RBI single. Not only would Martin score in the fourth, but an RBI in the sixth gave the Terps an unfathomable two-run lead against the No. 1-ranked Florida Gators.
In the bottom of the sixth, head coach Julie Wright made the decision to pull Dewey from the pitcher’s circle, relieving her with Martin with the bases loaded.
A downpour delayed the game for one hour and 29 minutes, and the question rose if this would disrupt the rhythm and good fortune of the Terps.
Relieving pitcher Martin stepped in for Dewey after the long delay and delivered her first strikeout to Gator’s Janell Wheaton to continue her fantastic game. Then, pinch hitter Chelsea Herndon grounded out and the Terps escaped the sixth inning with the score remaining 4-2.
Maryland entered the final inning with a two run advantage and all the momentum on their side, poised to secure the upset in Florida’s backyard.
After two quick outs from Brashear and Ellazar, Amanda Kufta’s single was followed by a Dillard single that sent Kufta to third base. In the defining moment of the game, it was the star of the day Martin who was out at first base, which meant Martin would have to defend the lead with her pitching instead of her hitting.
She did just that, forcing Florida’s Nicole DeWitt to ground out for the first out of the inning
However, Amanda Lorenz and Kayli Kvistad both hit clutch singles to put all the pressure in the arm of Martin. Lily Mann pinch ran for Kvistad as her and Lorenz advanced to second and third on another ground-out
On the final play of the game, Aleshia Ocasio attempted to round first base and make it a double, but the Terps stood strong and sophomore Sami Main recorded the game-clinching out to finish one of the biggest upsets in recent history.
Edited by Austin Kleber.
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