The Maryland softball team (11-20, Big Ten 1-1) kicked off Big Ten play today with a double-header against Penn State (4-19, 1-1). The Nittany Lions came out on top in the first game 8-3, but the Terps dominated in the second game, going on to win 8-0 in a five inning mercy rule victory.
The Nittany Lions started off the day strong, tacking on a five-run lead in the first inning alone. Junior pitcher Madison Shaffer for Penn State allowed zero hits until the fourth inning, when Brigette Nordberg sparked hope of a comeback with a double to right field.
Senior Skylynne Ellazar brought Nordberg home with a single down the right field line. Bailey Boyd brought in Ellazar on a fielder’s choice, putting Maryland up two runs to make the score 2-7.
Freshman pitcher Ryan Denhart allowed seven earned runs off of 11 hits.
Though the Terps added another run in the top of the seventh, it was not enough to come back.
Yet the Terps didn’t let the early loss keep them down.
The Terps hit their stride in the second game, beginning with a double to left center by Anna Kufta in the second inning. She then scored on a error by the Nittany Lions’ right fielder. The three lead-off hitters, Amanda Brashear, Ellazar and Nordberg also had major hits during the second inning.
Ellazar kicked off the fourth frame with a walk and stole second base. Taylor Wilson notched a single to centerfield to bring Ellazar home.
Kufta batted in two more runners in the inning with a double to centerfield. Mikayla Werahiko closed out the runs with a single to right center to score Kufta.
Junior pitcher Sydney Golden pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs on only two hits.
The Terps will finish out the weekend with another game against Penn State tomorrow at 1 p.m. The game will be streamed live on LionVision or you can stay updated with the Maryland Softball Twitter account.