The Terps Softball Team swept its own Wounded Warrior Tournament at Taylor Field this weekend, finishing the event with a 5-0 win over Kent State University on Sunday to claim all five contests it played this weekend. The Terps also took a game off Rhode Island and two from Princeton in addition to last night's contest against Kent State.
KSU had played the Terps to a scoreless tie for six innings in the final game of Saturday's play, falling to a 2-run HR from
Lexi Carroll Candace Beards in the 7th. The Golden Flashes hit a solo HR of their own in the bottom of the 7th (they were playing as the home team) but could not push across the tying run.
Sunday's game wasn't as dramatic, as Kendra Knight shut out KSU over 7 IP, with 11 Ks against 5 BBs. She's cutting down on the walks as the season progresses, but she still bounced almost a half dozen change-ups in collecting the win. UMd went out to a 3-0 lead in the second and was never seriously threatened afterward. The Golden Flashes had bases loaded with one out in the 4th inning, but Knight escaped without damage with two strikeouts to end the threat. Also of note, freshman Shannon Bustillos cracked a line-drive homer over the left field wall that cleared by possibly five feet.
The Terps SB team does a traditional Senior Day at the end of the season, but they also honor each senior with her own game throughout the season. Today, it was Sloane Van Meter's turn, and she used the start in LF to shine at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. She had a dozen or so family and friends in attendance to celebrate her two years at UMd.
The team now stands at 16-6, travels to Florida for the USF Invite Tournament next weekend, will start ACC play at UNC March 24 and will host its first home ACC game March 31.
The Terps used a special helmet for the Wounded Warrior weekend, using the military's digital camo scheme with a Maryland flag-inspired bill on the front and a red stylized TERPS across the front.
A few photos from the day.
Wounded Warrior helmet used this weekend.
Kendra Knight collected one of her 11 strikeouts.
Maryland's dugout sounds like a rec league game with all the songs and chants. My daughter loved it! She even learned a new one or two to use this year in JV HS softball.