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For the second time this weekend, Maryland earned an early lead only to give up the advantage in the last inning of the game.
The Terrapins gained an early two-run lead against the Steven F. Austin Lumberjacks that looked as if it would propel them to victory. They scored their first runs of the game in the top of the first, gaining an edge that they expanded to 4-1 by the seventh inning.
But the Lumberjacks struck back, putting up four runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh to win it all 5-4.
On Friday against Butler, Maryland maintained a 2-0 lead until the bottom of the sixth when the Bulldogs scored three runs to take home the win. Saturday’s loss to the Lumberjacks was yet another eleventh hour struggle.
In the Terrapins’ first turn at bat, Amanda Brashear reached on a walk, later scoring on a groundout from Kristina Dillard. An RBI single from Madison Martin scored Skylynne Ellazar soon after, and Maryland was in business.
Maryland added another run in the second inning and kept the Lumberjacks scoreless as the game marched on into the third inning.
Despite allowing S.F. Austin to get on the board with one run, an unassisted double play from first baseman Jordan Aughinbaugh ended the Lumberjacks’ opportunity to score any further.
For the next three innings, the Terrapins held onto their 3-1 lead — no gains, no losses.
In the top of the fourth, Maryland loaded the bases with Aughinbaugh, Kassidy Cross and Destiney Henderson with just one out, but the opportunity dissolved as the Lumberjacks defense quickly tacked on two more Terp outs.
The Lumberjacks’ turn at bat in the fourth was brief and pitcher Madison Martin, who currently has the lowest ERA for the Terrapins, maintained the team’s advantage.
After an ineffective fifth inning for both the Terrapins and the Lumberjacks, Juli Strange’s first hit of the game ended in a run scored off of an RBI single from Henderson.
With an even greater advantage in the second-to-last inning, Maryland seemed to have it in the bag. And, when S.F. Austin went out in the sixth on two flyouts and one groundout, the advantage seemed too great to overcome.
But just like the previous day’s last-minute loss to Butler, something flipped in the final inning.
The Lumberjacks led off their final turn at bat with a double from Brittany Lewis, who then scored off of yet another double from Kiriany Hornberger.
Right after the Lumberjacks’ run, Maryland pitcher Ari Jarvis was sent into the circle to relieve Martin.
With second base already loaded, a walk and an error resulted in another run for the Lumberjacks, narrowing the score to a single run. Two on third and second made gaining the lead easy for S.F. Austin with an RBI single and a walk.
Ultimately, four of the five runs from the Lumberjacks were unearned. Two errors and two walks helped give the Lumberjacks the advantage they needed to topple the Terps so late in the game.
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