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Deep Breath - Results from Softball, Tennis, Gymnastics, Baseball and WLAX

Friday was a busy day for Terrapin sports with women’s lacrosse, baseball and softball tennis, and gymnastics all in action. As I write this at 9:30 on Friday night, I can tell you that after last weekend’s tough trip out west the softball team traveled to Florida and split its two games beating Fordham 10-2 and dropping a tight one to Mississippi State 4-3. I couldn’t find a box score or Gametracker for this so, no details, softball fans. It’s sparse for tennis, too. Maryland traveled to Richmond to match up against Virginia Commonwealth. I took a trip to the VCU website to learn that the Rams won 4 of the 6 singles matches and all three doubles matches to drop the Terps to 4-4 on the season. As for gymnastics, The 23rd ranked Terrapins hit the road to challenge the 11th ranked Auburn Tigers. I traveled to Auborn, too. Well, at least to their website. After three rotations, the Terps trail the Tigers by .425 points a margin they are unlikely to overcome as Maryland finishes up ion the balance beam and Auburn on the floor exercise. The only Terps to take a the top spot on an apparatus as yet was Katy Dodds who won her specialty – vault – with a score of 9.925.

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At Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, the baseball team started its 4 game series with Princeton by toppling the Tigers by a fitting score of 6-0. The win was Maryland’s sixth straight. The Terps scored first in the bottom of the third without benefit of a hit. Center fielder Charlie White got credit for the rbi knocking in Blake Schmidt when White became the fourth consecutive Terrapin hitter to draw a walk. White figured in Maryland’s next score as well. After drawing a one out walk in the bottom of the fifth, he came around on Jordan Hagel’s home run which brought the Terps halfway to their final margin. Maryland struck for two more in the sixth when Lamonte Wade, Jr. led off the inning with a double followed by a walk to Keving Martir. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on shortstop Blake Schmidt’s single. The Terrapins wrapped up the scoring in the seventh when White scored on Kevin Convissar’s sacrifice fly. Jimmy Reed had a strong outing on the hill tossing six innings of shutout ball. He struck out ten while walking only four. Brandon Casas picked up the save with three shutout innings in relief of Reed. The Terps and Tigers face off in a double header Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for noon.

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In a gymnastics update, Auburn held on to defeat the Terps by a comfortable margin of 196.825 to 195.3.

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The women’s lacrosse took the ride down U.S. 29 to face off against the Virginia Cavaliers. Lots of focus of fans and opponents will rightly be directed at Maryland’s Katy Schwarzmann the reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner. But opponents do so at their peril. The Cavs held Schwarzmann to a single goal and no assists but they still fell to the Terps by a final of 18-10. Tonight’s shining stars were Schwarzmann’s fellow senior Alex Aust who notched five goals and five assists and sophomore Kristen Lamon who found the net four times. Freshman Taylor Cummings controlled the opening draw for Maryland but the teams traded turnovers. Maryland capitalized on their opportunity when Aust found freshman Halle Majorana to give the Terps a 1-0 lead just 1:07 into the game. The teams traded goals over the next several minutes with UVA tying the score at three all at the 21:40 mark of the first half. Neither team scored during the next five minutes but Maryland exploded for three straight goals in less than two minutes with Aust’s two goals bracketing one from Beth Glaros. Virginia hung with the Terps scoring to cut the lead to two but Aust again had the answer and put Maryland ahead 7-4. The two again traded goals with Aust getting the assist on a score from Kelly McPartland. The Cavaliers scored a goal late in the half and Maryland took a slim 8-6 margin into the break. The second half became something of the Kristen Lamon show as the Annapolis sophomore scored three goals in the opening five minutes for Maryland to extend the lead to 11-7 with the second and third goals coming back to back after a UVA score. Brooke Griifin and Cummings built on the momentum Lamon had generated notching back to back goals of their own putting the Terrapin lead at six. Virginia broke the string of four straight but then, appropriately, Aust and Lamon went back to back to put Maryland ahead 15-8. The home team showed some fight, scoring twice to chop the margin to 15-10 but then Griffin, Aust and Schwarzmann put together another three goal run to close out the scoring with 8:04 to go. The win moves Maryland to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. The Terps return home to College Park to face off against Hofstra at 1:00pm on Sunday.

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Okay, it's Saturday morning and I did learn this about softball's loss to Mississippi State from check in at umterps.com. It mirrored in some ways the loss to UCLA last weekend. The Terps fell behind 4-0 and rallied for three runs in the seventh to fall just short. The difference: Last week they left the bases loaded with two outs. This week, they scored on a lead off home run from catcher Shannon Bustillos and a one our two run shot from left fielder Nikki Maier but didn't threaten again. Same score 4-3. I still can get no information of the win.

Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)

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