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Terps drop two close contests at Maryland Invitational

The Terps’ offensive woes continued at the Maryland Invitational as the team dropped its two Friday games by identical 2-0 scores to Miami (OH) University and Jacksonville University.

After a tough loss on Thursday in which they scored only one run against Utah, the Terps were unable to capitalize on two stellar pitching performances from Ryan Denhart and Sydney Golden.

Junior Golden took the loss against Miami (OH) in the first game despite pitching a one-hitter. She mowed down the RedHawks offense through five innings, allowing just three baserunners The first and only hit for Miami was a sixth-inning double that scored the game’s only runs.

“[Golden] did a really good job of making really great pitches to get hitters out,” said Maryland head coach Julie Wright.

Maryland couldn’t muster up much offense to back Golden’s outstanding performance. They notched three hits, and only one for extra bases — a Hannah Eslick double in the second.

“We’re working on passing the bat as a team,” said sophomore third baseman Brigette Nordberg. “Definitely [working on] getting a runner on and and being able to execute in that situation.”

The Terps also committed four errors, one of which came around to score. After Game 1, the Terps had 35 errors through 21 games.

Game two against Jacksonville was another nail-biter that turned into a late-inning heartbreaker. The Dolphins scored two runs in the sixth for the game’s only offense.

The Terps’ pitching again took a tough loss as freshman Ryan Denhart threw a complete game while allowing no earned runs. She also notched eight strikeouts, shattering her previous career high of five.

“I thought [Denhart] did a really nice job of battling, going out and competing every inning.” Wright said. “I continue to be impressed with [Denhart and Golden].”

With runners on first and second and two outs in the top of the sixth, Dolphins first baseman Hannah Roberts stroked a single to right field, but a misplay on the ball allowed both runners to score.

It was the third error of the game for the Terps, and the seventh of the day.

“It’s a frustrating thing, without question, for all of us,” Wright said of the errors. “That was disappointing on the day.”

Maryland will look to shake off Saturday’s results heading into another doubleheader on Sunday. The team said its focus will be on putting some runs on the board.

“I have no doubt that we’ll be able to pull that out soon,” Nordberg said. “We’re almost there, we’re a hit away. So I’m not worried about it.”

The Terps will face Utah (11-7) at 12:30 p.m. and Yale (1-9) at 3 p.m.