Third baseman Brigette Nordberg hustles out on a groundball on April 13th, 2018 (Photo courtesy of Richard Moglen).

Terps host Rutgers in midweek doubleheader

The Maryland softball team (16-27, 5-7 Big Ten) hit a rough patch after losing all three games to Indiana last weekend. Yet the Terps still have a chance to turn it around and continue their great start to conference play at their doubleheader against Rutgers tomorrow.

The Scarlet Knights (17-21, 2-7 Big Ten) currently reside in a six-game losing streak after dropping games to Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Although Maryland is above Rutgers in Big Ten rankings, the two teams are closely related.

The Terps and the Scarlet Knights switch off leading different categories. For batting, Jess Hughes leads Rutgers conference play, sporting a .417 BA, while Anna Kufta currently tops Maryland’s rankings with a .345 BA.

On the other hand, junior pitcher Sydney Golden leads pitching with a 4.99 ERA compared to Rutgers’ pitcher Whitney Jones, who currently holds a 5.85 ERA.

Freshman Hannah Eslick came in clutch for Maryland on Saturday when she hit an RBI triple to centerfield, tying the game against Indiana 3-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Though the Terps eventually lost, Eslick believes they’ll be prepared for their mid-week faceoff.

“We still have a really big opportunity to do well this season,” Eslick said. “We’re in the mix of things.”

This looks to be a fairly even contest for the Terps. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. at Rutgers Softball Complex. You can keep up with the action on BTN Plus.

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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.