May 21, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team fell 2-1 to Fordham Friday night in its opener of the NCAA Regionals at Robert E. Taylor Stadium in College Park. The Terps (33-23, 8-11) jumped out to the early lead in the first inning, but lost the lead late in the sixth.

Junior Kerry Hickey started in the circle for the Terrapins. She pitched 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit, which was also a home run for one earned run.

Sophomore Vangie Galindo got the Terrapin offense started with a bunt single and advanced off senior Alex Schultz's single to left. Hickey drove in Galindo for the Terps' run with a single to right field.

The Terps drew two walks from Fordham pitcher Jen Mineau, who allowed just 27 walks on the year prior to Friday's game. Maryland had seven hits as a team to the Rams' three.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Rams' Jocelyn Dearborn hit a home run just fair of the left field foul pole to knot the game 1-1. With the bases loaded and one out, sophomore Kendra Knight took over in the circle. Meghan Shager hit a ground ball to Schultz at third, who threw out Jessica Crowley at home for the second out. Knight struck out Jamie Pollak for the final out.

Fordham took the lead for good when Jamie LaBovick singled through the left side to start the sixth inning. Samantha Pellechio doubled to right field to drive in Labovick for the go-ahead run.

Friday night marked the Terps' first NCAA Regionals appearance since 1999. This is the first time Maryland softball has hosted the NCAA Softball tournament.

The Terrapins will play Syracuse Saturday at 2 p.m. Fordham and 14-seed Oklahoma will take the field at noon. The NCAA Regionals are double-elimination, with one team of the four advancing to the Super Regionals at the end of the weekend.