Maryland started the weekend out strong at the Aquafina Invitational — beating Iowa State, 9-5, in their first game on Friday — before losses to Georgia Southern, Illinois State and two to No. 1 Florida pushed the Terps’ record to 3-11 on the season.
Maryland scored a season-high nine runs in the opening game of their third non-conference tournament. Seven straight Terps reached base in the second inning to put up five runs, including a two-RBI knock from senior first baseman Jacqui Pascual.
Infielders Shelby Younkin and Mikayla Werahiko also contributed RBI doubles in the sixth inning. The Terps got a little help from Iowa State’s pitching and defense, scoring their five other runs on free passes or errors.
Junior Sydney Golden got the win on the mound, tossing six innings, while giving up four runs. Ryan Denhart relieved her in the 7th, allowing an unearned run.
Maryland dropped Friday’s second game, 7-2, to two-time national champion Florida (16-1). The Terps were down early when the Gators put up three runs in the 1st. Freshman Hannah Eslick hit the first homer of her collegiate career, a solo shot in the 5th. Senior captain Sky Ellazar also contributed an RBI single in the 3rd to round out the Terps’ offense.
“Sky is a bright spot [in the lineup],” Maryland head coach Julie Wright said.
Maryland couldn’t rebound against Georgia Southern (10-4) in their first game on Saturday, dropping the contest by a score of 4-1. Pascual recorded her third RBI of the weekend on a single in the 3rd.
Denhart took the loss despite pitching 5.2 strong innings and allowing two earned runs.
The Terps struggled to muster any offense in its second game of the weekend against Florida on Saturday afternoon, falling 12-0 to the Gators.
Sunday morning’s game against Illinois State ended in heartbreak for the Terps as they dropped the back-and-forth contest to the Redbirds, 8-7, in extra innings.
After going down an early run in the first, Pascual responded with a two-run triple to put Maryland back in front. The Redbirds went on to score four runs in the second inning to take a three-run lead, but Maryland tied it back up in the 5th.
Third baseman Brigette Nordberg hit the tying shot, her first homer of the season. The Redbirds would take their third lead of the game on a two-run seventh inning, but the Terps responded with two of their own in their half to send the game into extras. Illinois State scored the decisive run in the top of the 8th.
Next weekend, the Terps head to Kentucky to play in the Black & Red Classic in Louisville. Wright said she will continue to work with the team on building chemistry on the field, which she sees as crucial given how many new faces are on the roster this season.
“We’re at any given time playing seven to eight freshmen [and] sophomores, or eight to nine new people,” she said. “They’re really trying to learn each other, still at times trying to figure that out. But it’s been good. They get along well, it’s just now transferring all that in between the lines.”