The University of Maryland softball team heads into their fourth non-conference tournament of the season, the Black & Red Classic in Louisville, looking to boost their season record and their confidence.
Maryland had a tough showing at the Aquafina Invitational last weekend, dropping four out of five games to push their record to 3-11. The Terps scored 28 runs but allowed a combined 36 runs in five games.
Despite the trouble, Maryland head coach Julie Wright said she came away with many positives from the team’s time in Florida.
“There was some really good fight,” she said. “Defensively, we were a lot better [last] weekend. What we’re working on is being better with runners in scoring position.”
In Louisville, the Terps will have the opportunity to put those skills to the test in five games against the Louisville (10-4), Eastern Illinois (12-3), Miami (OH) (3-6) and two against Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (3-7).
Sophomore third baseman Brigette Nordberg figures to play a key role in helping turn the Terps’ season around. She has started all 14 games and leads the team in batting average (.395) and doubles (5).
Nordberg “obviously has been a very bright spot, doing some really good things,” Wright said.
Nordberg said the team is working on several different fronts to improve their play.
“We’re really just trying to bring up our energy,” she said. “We’re working on trusting each other on and off the field and really working together as a cohesive unit.”
In a pair of contests on Friday Maryland faces IUPUI at 10 a.m. and Louisville at 3 p.m. On Saturday they face off against Eastern Illinois at 5:30 p.m. and IUPUI at 7:30 p.m. The Terps finish out the weekend with a Sunday matchup against Miami at 10 a.m.
All of the games will be live-Tweeted from the Maryland Softball account (@TerpsSoftball).