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Maryland defeats North Dakota, loses to Tennessee again on second day in Hawaii

On the second day of the Rainbow Wahine Classic tournament, the Maryland softball team (9-19) sealed the win against North Dakota 2-1 but fell to Tennessee once more—this time 10-0.

The game against the Fighting Hawks was slow-moving until the bottom of the fifth frame.

Freshman outfielder Shelby Younkin laid down a sacrifice bunt, giving sophomore outfielder Kassidy Cross the opportunity to reach second base. A subsequent fielding error by the shortstop allowed Cross to score and advance Bailey Boyd.

It was sophomore infielder Anna Kufta who brought Boyd home with a single up the right side, landing the Terps their second and final run of the game.

North Dakota threatened to catch up in the top of the seventh inning. They slowly made their way around the bases until a ground ball to second would give them their first run of the game, but it wasn’t enough to give them the victory.

One of the more exciting moments of the game was the return of senior outfielder Destiney Henderson, who has been out all season due to injury. Henderson pinch hit for sophomore outfielder Amanda Brashear in the bottom of the sixth inning and singled to third base.

Freshman starting pitcher Ryan Denhart (6-8) dominated the game in all seven innings pitched, only allowing six hits. The Terps also played a clean game, committing zero errors.

Yet the next game against Tennessee was not as successful.

Tennessee scored their first run of the game in the top of the first, and they wouldn’t look back.

The Lady Vols then tacked on a homerun and a steal home in the top of the third frame. They racked up one more run in the sixth inning before exploding for six more runs in the top of the seventh, putting the game away. Maryland could not respond, mustering only three hits.

Junior Sydney Golden allowed five earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched.

The Terps have one more game to play against Hawaii Sunday at 4 p.m. This will conclude their last non-conference tournament before they take on Big Ten conference play March 23 against Penn State.

You can keep up with the game through live-stats or through the Maryland Softball Twitter Account.

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Carly is the managing editor and one of the softball beat writers for The Left Bench. She is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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Carly is the managing editor and one of the softball beat writers for The Left Bench. She is a sophomore broadcast journalism major at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism.