Following a successful weekend against No. 18 Michigan with one win and two close losses, the Terrapins hoped to maintain the momentum against the Indiana Hoosiers for more conference success.
Friday’s game with the Hoosiers was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., but due to anticipated inclement weather, the teams played a Friday doubleheader with games at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Indiana took both games to secure the series victory After a walk-off 2-1 win, the Hoosiers’ unstoppable pitching and sound defense in the second game lended them a 5-0 win.
Indiana’s pitcher, Tara Trainer, who is third in the Big Ten in strikeouts, held Maryland to just one run and four hits in the first game.
The tough walk-off loss for the Terrapins echoed some early season struggles, despite strong pitching and defense that limited the Hoosiers to just two runs.
Both teams rarely allowed the other team to reach base safely — Maryland had four hits at the end of the game while Indiana had five.
With Madison Martin in the circle for Maryland, the Terps didn’t allow a hit until the bottom of the third. But, the Hoosiers reciprocated, and Maryland’s batters didn’t record a hit until the top of the fourth.
The tit-for-tat defense kept up for the next inning. A double play from started by shortstop Anna Kufta limited the Hoosiers’ opportunity in the bottom of the fourth.
Although it remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, Indiana got on the board first when Taylor Uden reached third on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a wild pitch to the following batter.
With two more frames left to score, the Terrapins sprang into action. Maryland loaded the bases in the top of the sixth for the first time in the game. Three walks had Sarah Calta, Skylynne Ellazar and Hannah Dewey on with two outs.
However, one out left didn’t leave any room for error for the Terps. They failed to capitalize on the momentum when a fly out ended the frame, leaving them just one more opportunity to attempt to extend the game.
In the top of the seventh, a Kassidy Cross single combined with a Calta double tied the game. Calta moved up to second in the lineup for the games today, replacing Amanda Brashear’s typical spot.
With three outs left to prevent extra innings, the Hoosiers took full advantage of the opportunity, moving a runner from first to third with a sacrifice bunt and Maryland fielding error.
They brought her home in the next play with a sacrifice bunt, a strategic move to win the game on a walk-off 2-1.
The Hoosiers came out hot in the second game with a two-run home run that gave them an early lead. They held onto that lead for the remainder of the game, despite the Terps’ repeated efforts to get onto the board.
In the top of the second, Maryland loaded the bases with back-to-back singles, presenting the perfect chance to challenge Indiana’s lead.
But, the Hoosiers, who are second in the Big Ten in fielding, showed off their ability to record outs.. With bases loaded and one out, the Terps squandered the opportunity with consecutive outs.
This rhythm kept up throughout the next few innings.
In the top of the fifth, an Indiana error moved Juli Strange and Destiney Henderson to second and third, respectively, with just one out. But similarly to the top of the second, the next two batters were put out, ending the frame.
With an insurance run from the bottom of the second that had made it 3-0, the Hoosiers already held a solid lead. But, they sealed the deal in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI double and RBI single that stretched the advantage to 5-0.
With three outs left in the top of the fifth, Maryland put runners on second and third for the third time in the game. Then, with one out left, a strikeout ended things for the Terps, handing Indiana the game and the series.
The final game of the series will be played Sunday at 1 p.m., giving both teams a day of rest before the next matchup.
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