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A few hours after a loss to Drake at the Mardi Gras Invitational, the Maryland Terrapins took an early 3-0 lead against the Bowling Green Falcons and won by that score, improving to 2-9 on the season.
Bowling Green’s loss to Maryland resembled Maryland’s earlier loss to Drake, a signal that perhaps the Terrapins have discovered how to flip the script.
In the top of the first, reliable leadoff hitter Amanda Brashear singled to left field. Although Skylynne Ellazar grounded out in the following at-bat, Brashear was able to move to second base.
She kept going when a wild pitch sent her to third, and then Anna Kufta hit a single to bring the fellow freshman home.
The Terrapins weren’t done for the inning.
A single from Kristina Dillard moved Kufta to second and soon she she advanced to third on a pop out from Madison Martin.
With Dillard on second and Kufta on third, the Terrapins were set to add early insurance runs.
Juli Strange reached on a fielding error, and Kufta scored, and then a single from Jordan Aughinbaugh sent Dillard home.
With a 3-0 advantage, things looked good for the Terrapins. However, if they were to win, they needed to maintain the lead.
Redshirt senior pitcher Madison Martin took the circle for Maryland and threw a nine-pitch first inning, successfully holding off the Falcons.
In the top of the second, the consistent Brashear doubled and moved to third on a single from Kufta. However, a Dillard groundout ended the inning for Maryland.
Maryland kept up the solid defensive play throughout the second and third innings, as Bowling Green struggled to get players on the basepath.
Although the Falcons didn’t often strikeout against Martin, groundouts, flyouts and lineouts became the typical result from the Bowling Green batters.
While Maryland continued to put its players on base, despite not converting these opportunities into runs, the Falcons had difficulty even making it to first after Terrapin defenders were in position to field .
In the fifth inning, it looked again as if the Terrapins could add another run. After a few hits and a fielder’s choice, Destiney Henderson stood at second, Brashear at first and Ellazar came up to the plate.
This potential big break needed the perfect hit to add one or two more runs. Ellazar hit into a fielder’s choice ending the chance of a Maryland rally.
In the sixth, the Falcons went out on three consecutive groundouts, a feat they repeated in the bottom of the seventh to seal the deal for the Terrapins.
Martin retired the last 14 Falcon hitters and completed a one-hit shutout, giving the Terps their second win on the season.
Compared to their unexpected defeat of Florida last weekend, the victory over Bowling Green carried with it a more deliberate sense of accomplishment — this is the kind of the win the Terrapins earned.
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