It was a disappointing weekend for the Maryland softball team (15-23, 5-4 Big Ten). The Terps entered with a five-game win streak and were on the heels of a sweep of Iowa. However, Illinois promptly ended the team’s hot run, thwarting Maryland in all three games.
Nonetheless, Maryland has changed their focus to taking down its next opponent, St. Francis (PA), tomorrow during a midweek double-header. This will be the last non-conference matchup for the Terps for the 2018 season.
St. Francis (19-15, 2-0 NEC) split its most recent double-header against Marshall, but the team has yet to lose a game of conference play. The Red Flash currently hold the throne in the Northeast Conference as a result of the lineups’ undeniable offensive success.
Junior Sierra McKee leads the charge with a .300 batting average whileRed Flash junior Mikayla Bower wields a .284 batting average of her own. Senior Madison Cabell rounds out the three-headed attack with a .283 average.
This isn’t the first time the Terps will take on the Red Flash this season. At the Tiger invite in mid-February, freshman pitcher Ryan Denhart pitched a complete game, only allowing four hits and striking out four batters. Yet, St. Francis was able to clinch the victory with a single run late in the game, putting the score at 1-0.
St. Francis has a history of dominating late in the game, scoring nine runs in the sixth inning against Marshall on April 3 and seven runs in the fifth inning against Mount St. Mary’s on March 31.
The Terps will need to maintain their defense and keep up the energy if they want to avoid being struck by the Red Flash.
The game kicks off at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow at the Maryland softball stadium. You can keep up with live-stats on BTN-Plus.