Maryland was out of the continental United States this weekend, traveling to Oahu, Hawaii to participate in the Hawaii Tournament.
The Terps now sit at 10-19 on the season after a decent weekend on the road, while facing some pretty good competition. The team struggled against a top-five opponent in Tennessee, but handled business against the rest of the competition.
Friday game one: No. 4 Tennessee 7, Maryland 1
Maryland started its weekend in Hawaii on the wrong foot, losing 7-1 to Tennessee.
Ryan Denhart (4-7) was matched up with Tennessee’s Caylan Arnold (12-0) on Friday, with Arnold extending her undefeated streak to 13. Denhart, despite being scored a loss, pitched fairly well, throwing for 4.1 innings allowing only two runs. Sydney Golden pitched the final 1.2 innings, allowing five runs.
The Maryland offense was stagnant in this game, only mustering three hits and one run against Arnold. The RBI came from Jacqui Pascual with a fourth inning double scoring Skylynne Ellazar.
The Terps were still in the game entering the fifth inning, but were unable to overcome the Volunteers’ five-run outburst once head coach Julie Wright subbed in Golden for Denhart.
Friday game two: Maryland 5, Cleveland State 4 (8 innings)
After a rough start to the day, the Terps bounced back in the second half of their Friday double-header, beating Cleveland State 5-4.
The scoring started early for the Terp offense, putting up three runs in the first two innings after RBI singles from Ellazar and Amanda Brashear and an Anna Kufta sacrifice fly. The other two RBIs came on a Pascual single in the seventh inning, and a Bailey Boyd go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Golden started the game for Maryland, pitching 3.1 innings before being replaced by her counterpart Denhart. Denhart went the last 4.2 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits but earning the win, pushing her record to 5-8.
Maryland entered their third extra-inning game of the season against Cleveland State, this time winning on Boyd’s go-ahead sac fly with Denhart closing it out in the final half inning.
Saturday game one: Maryland 2, North Dakota 1
For the second time this season, Maryland won consecutive games in a tournament, this time beating North Dakota 2-1.
Denhart’s play was the story of the game, pitching another full seven innings only giving up one run despite giving up six hits. She added six strikeouts and was credited the win to put her at 6-8 on the year.
It was another slow day hitting-wise for the Terp offense, but they were to do just enough to get themselves a victory. The two runs both came in the fifth inning, one coming off an error on a Boyd ground ball to the shortstop, and the other from a Kufta single.
Saturday game two: #4 Tennessee 10, Maryland 0
After starting strong on the day, Maryland followed with a dud against Tennessee, losing 10-0.
It was a game where Maryland would roll out three different pitchers, with none of them being Denhart. Golden got the start, throwing 6.1 innings giving up 10 hits and five earned runs with three strikeouts. Lauren Graves replaced Golden in the seventh, and wouldn’t last to the end of the game, allowing 4 earned runs without getting a batter out before Sami Main entered in her stead. Golden was credited with the loss, moving her to 3-10 on the year.
There wasn’t much to speak of hitting-wise for the Terps, as Tennessee’s other ace Matty Moss (13-1) was able to hold in the Maryland offense in check. Maryland was able to manage a runner in scoring position in the second inning, but could not get it across.
Sunday game: Maryland 7, Hawaii 6
After an up-and-down weekend thus far, Maryland was able to finish the weekend on a good note by beating the host Hawaii, 5-4.
It was one of the Terps’ best hitting performances of the season in this game, bringing across seven runs on a season-high 12 hits. Two of the particularly impressive performances came from Boyd and Younkin, both of whom had two RBIs on the day. Brashear had a productive game as well, going 2-3 with two runs.
Denhart was back on the mound after missing the second half of the previous day’s double-header, pitching 3.1 innings letting across five runs on seven hits. Golden handled the other 3.2 innings, pitching well, only allowing one run on five hits.
Maryland actually found itself behind late in game, trailing 5-2 in the top of the fifth inning. However the Terps found their offensive groove and plated five crucial runs in the inning to make it 7-5. Two of the runs came off a Younkin double, with the other three coming off of hits from Boyd, Kufta, and Mikayla Werahiko.
Hawaii would go on to get a run back in the bottom of the sixth, but Maryland’s offensive explosion was enough to get them the win.
Despite having a pretty good weekend overall, no one player separated herself all that much from the others.
Boyd had a particularly good weekend hitting, though, getting hits in four out of her six at-bats with three RBI, including the big go-ahead RBI in extra innings against Cleveland State. Pascual had herself a decent weekend as well, hitting 5-of-15 (.333) from the plate with three RBI.
As for pitching, it was again Denhart who shined, picking up wins against North Dakota and Cleveland State, as well as pitching well against Tennessee despite being given a loss. She also collected 12 strikeouts on the weekend.
Tournament season is officially over now for the Terps, as they’ll open Big Ten play next weekend at Penn State with a three-game series.