The Maryland softball team (15-23, 5-3 Big Ten) fell to Illinois 1-7 in the second game of the series today. This comes after the offensive powerhouse held the Terps at 0-11 on Friday, breaking their five-game win streak.
Senior captain Skylynne Ellazar managed the only hit in the top of the first inning with a double to centerfield. The Fighting Illini (24-13, 5-4 Big Ten) tacked on three runs in the second half of the frame to take the lead 3-0.
In the second inning, Brigette Nordberg made her way around the bases after hitting a single to centerfield, advancing to second on a passed ball before stealing to third. But the hit never turned into a run.
The Terps tacked on their first and only run the third inning. Amanda Brashear kicked off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second after Mikayla Werahiko prompted a a fielder’s choice error by the short stop.
Destiney Henderson advanced Brashear and Werahiko with a sacrifice bunt, before Ellazar topped it off with an RBI sacrifice fly to centerfield.
Head coach Julie Wright is thankful that Henderson has returned after a moped injury forced the senior to cease playing for awhile.
“Destiney is a great leader out there…She just knows what she’s doing,” Wright said. “Such an awful injury in the fall…It’s nice to see her back and finishing up her senior year and really start to get her legs under her and play well.”
Maryland held off Illinois until the Fighting Illini notched four more runs in the fourth inning. Leigh Farina provided three of these RBIs with her double to right center. Illinois persisted, maintaining the score at 7-1.
Despite the loss, junior pitcher Sydney Golden still showcased her impressive pitching, only allowing five earned runs and seven hits within the four innings pitched.
Though the chances of having a triple series sweep is out of the questions, the Terps still have a chance to take down Illinois one more time tomorrow before the weekend is over.
The last game of the three-game series will begin at 1 p.m. at the Eichelberger field. The game will be live-streamed on BTN-plus.