The Maryland softball team traveled to Clearwater, FL for five games in the City of Clearwater Spring Invitational hosted by the University of South Florida Bulls. The Terps are scheduled to play five games in three days and are coming off a double header sweep of Hampton in College Park on Tuesday night. The Terrapins led off the weekend taking on the 6-10 Boston University Terriers in the first of two games scheduled for Friday night. As has been the case with some tournaments earlier in the season there is a dearth of details available. Here’s what I can tell you based on the Twitter feed: Maryland took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third as freshman Lindsey Schmeiser continued her torrid hitting driving a double to the fence knocking in two runs. The Terriers tied the game scoring two of their own in the top of the 6th. Freshman Brenna Nation came on in the top of the seventh after sox strong innings from starter Kaitlyn Schmeiser. Boston Universoty got a runner on base but failed to score and the Terps won their third consecutive game scoring on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh. The 3-2 win ups Maryland’s record to 9-14. The Terps are scheduled to play the 15-12 Oklahoma State Cowgirls in their second game.
Maryland was designated as the visitor in the second game and got a leadoff single from Amanda McCann but couldn’t capitalize and went down meekly. OSU scratched out a run in their half of the first on a walk, a steal, a shallow single and a passed ball to take a 1-0 lead that would hold up for the win despite a fabulous outing from freshman pitcher Maddie Martin. The Terps looked to be in trouble in the bottom of the third when the Cowgirls loaded the bases but Martin pitched out of the jam by getting a strikeout. Maryland turned the threat around in the top of the fourth when they loaded the bases with two down but also ended the inning on a strikeout. The Terps threatened again in the top of the fifth. After Melissa Mancuso walked to open the inning, she would move to second on a sacrifice and advance to third on an illegal pitch. McCann then walked and stole a base putting runners on second and third with one out. But Sara Acosta lined to first and Mancuso was doubled up at the plate trying to score. Neither team mounted another scoring opportunity and the Terps dropped a tough 1-0 loss to the Cowgirls. The Terps are back on the field tomorrow taking on Temple in the morning and Valparaiso in the afternoon.
Back in College Park, the baseball team opened it home ACC slate with the first of a scheduled three game series with the number five (seven of twelve depending on the poll) Florida State Seminoles. FSU got off early scoring a singleton in the top of the first after the leadoff batter was hit by a pitch. However, the Terrapins bounced right back in the bottom half of the inning. Jordan Hagel laced a one out double down the right field line and promptly stole third. He scored on Kyle Convissar’s ground out to third. The Seminoles recaptured the lead in the top of the third after their leadoff batter reached on an error. Senior starter Jimmy Reed buckled down and pitched out of a jam as the visitors left runners on the corners. The 2-1 Florida State lead held up until the bottom of the sixth. Hagel got things stared with a one out single. He moved up a base on a wild pitch. K.J. Hockaday walked and Maryland promptly executed a double steal. They scored on Convissar’s single up the middle and the Terps had their first lead of the game. Maryland looked to add an insurance run in the seventh when Jack Cleary doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch. He was stranded there as the Terps failed to get the ball out of the infield. Florida State would make Maryland pay tying the score in the top of the eighth. Jordan Hagel, who was the Terps catalyst all night, led off the bottom of the eight with a triple. After Hockaday walked and Convissar struck out, haggle scored on a wild pitch and Maryland had recaptured the lead. Hockaday also moved up on the wild pitch and this time the Terrapins pushed across the insurance run as he scored on LaMonte Wade Jr.’s double to right. Freshman Kevin Moon came in to close it out in relief of reed and set the Seminoles down in order and with the 5-3 win the Terps remained undefeated at home and moved to 2-2 in the ACC. Game two of the series is scheduled for a 1:30 start Saturday afternoon.
Out in West Virginia, the Maryland gymnastics team dropped it meet in Morgantown as the Mountaineers defended their home gym. Rutgers placed third. The Terps got strong performances from the top of the team as junior Katy Dodds tied with two WVU gymnasts in the vault scoring a 9.900. Junior Karen Tang captured the top spot on the uneven parallel bars. Sophomore Stephanie Giameo tied for first on the balance beam and Dodds came back to tie for the top on the floor exercise. However, the hosts took the team honors 196.050 to 194.800. The Terps will face off against local foes George Washington and Towson on Sunday at GW. The meet starts at one pm though depending on tomorrow’s result most of us may be following the events in Greensboro.
Todd Carton (AKA FHFAN)