Maryland went through three pitchers against UT-Martin. Despite gaining an early lead, the Terrapins couldn’t hold off the Skyhawks to prevent an 8-2 loss.
When UT-Martin and Maryland put up one and two runs respectively in the first inning, the game appeared to be an even match.
Maryland’s two RBI doubles from Anna Kufta and Skylynne Ellazar lended the team an early advantage that the Skyhawks narrowed handily.
UT-Martin entered the game with a 15-5 record, two of those losses added this weekend in a doubleheader against UC Riverside.
But that didn’t stop the Skyhawks.
In the second inning, UT-Martin added two runs to the board to take the lead. Although only a one-run difference stood in Maryland’s way, to tie it up or take the lead the Terrapins needed to capitalize on hits like Destiney Henderson’s one-out single in the third.
With Madison Martin in the circle, Maryland allowed no runs through the third.
While the Terrapins’ defense held off the Skyhawks through the third inning, the offense struggled to match. Both the top of the second and the third featured lone singles that produced no runs, and the fourth was three quick outs for the Terps.
In the fourth, Maryland switched out Martin for Hannah Dewey. A few defensive missteps coupled with strong offense from UT-Martin extended the lead to 6-2.
The top of the fifth showed promise for the Terps. With two on, the opportunity to score was present, but two outs went to three when the Skyhawks second baseman snagged a line drive from Kufta.
In the bottom of the fifth, UT-Martin added two more runs and with two outs, Maryland put in their third pitcher of the game, Lauren Graves.
Graves threw a three-pitch strikeout to end the inning, an effective defensive play that held off the now-leading 8-2 Skyhawks.
Seemingly the ideal opportunity for a Maryland comeback like last Sunday’s against Missouri, the team could have been poised in the top of the sixth for a repeat performance.
But the inning yielded little results for the Terps. Graves’ adept pitching kept the score steady. Two strikeouts and a groundout from Graves quickly ended the inning, bringing on the pressure of being behind in the seventh frame.
The Terrapins put two on base with no outs, a promising feat that ultimately returned no results, giving victory to the Skyhawks.
Up next for Maryland is Iona (5-4) Friday afternoon, Iona’s first game of the Highlander Classic.
Edited by Justin Meyer.
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