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Terps close out Hawaii Tournament with win over host

The Maryland softball team (10-19) clinched a 7-6 victory over Hawai’i Sunday to cap off the Rainbow Wahine Classic. With the win, the Terps secured their first winning weekend — in their final non-conference tournament of the season.

After victories on Friday and Saturday against Cleveland State and North Dakota, as well as a pair of losses to No. 4 Tennessee, Maryland won the rubber match against the tournament host in a close, back-and-forth contest.

Maryland got out to an early lead, scoring a run apiece in the first and second innings. Senior Jacqui Pascual singled home a run in the first for her third RBI of the weekend. Junior Bailey Boyd then crushed her first home run of the season to double the Terps’ lead in the second.

The Terps fought all the way back with a huge five-run fifth inning after Hawai’i scored five runs between the second, third and fourth innings to take the lead. A two-run double by freshman Shelby Younkin, RBI singles from Boyd and Mikayla Werahiko and an RBI double from Anna Kufta did the damage. After the four consecutive run-scoring hits, the Terps had a 7-5 lead.

Hawai’i attempted to fight back, cutting its deficit to one by scoring a run in the sixth. The Rainbow Warriors’ effort came up just short, however, and the Terps worked around a walk and an error in the seventh to wrap up the win.

The familiar combination of Ryan Denhart and Sydney Golden split the pitching duties. Denhart pitched the first 3 ⅓  innings and allowed four runs on five hits. Golden threw the final 3 ⅔ innings, allowing one run and earning the win.

Maryland’s struggling offense made huge strides in the Hawai’i tournament. Sunday’s 12 hits were a season high, and more than the hit totals for the previous four games combined. The Terps finished with an impressive 29 hits on the weekend.

Maryland will now shift its focus to Big Ten play, which starts next weekend. First up is State College, where the Terps will play three games against the Penn State Nittany Lions.