May 22, 2010

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team's season ended Saturday afternoon when it beat Syracuse 4-1 in its first game of the day in NCAA Regionals and fell to Fordham 5-2 in its second. The Terps (34-24, 8-11) earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over 10 years this year. It was also the first time the Terrapins were selected to host one of the 16 regional sites.

Junior Marisha Branson led the Terps with four RBI on the day. She knocked in two with a single in the first game against Syracuse and hit a solo home run in the game against Fordham.

The Terps survived to face Fordham, who lost to Oklahoma 1-0 in the first game of the day Saturday. Fordham's ace, Jen Mineau, started her third game of the weekend in the circle. Mineau leads Division I pitchers with her ERA of 1.04 and has 491 strikeouts on the year. Hickey started for the Terrapins.

The Rams scored the first run of the game in the top of the first inning. Jocelyn Dearborn led off with a double down the right field line. She advanced to third on an illegal pitch call and then scored when Samantha Pellechio sent a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Branson's home run in the bottom of the second tied the game.

In the top of the third inning, Jamie LaBovick led off with a double down the left field line. She advanced to third when Pellechio grounded out, and then Erin Fisher walked. LaBovick and Fisher scored off Beckah Wiggins' double to right centerfield to make the score 3-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Lindsey Kay Bright got on base with an infield hit. Dearborn doubled, then reached third on the throw to score Bright. Hickey returned to the circle.

In the bottom of the sixth, Acosta got her second hit of the day and advanced to second on Schultz's ground-out. Acosta scored when Branson singled, then advanced to third on the throw. She brought in Acosta for her fourth RBI of the day. The Rams made the score 5-2 when Nicole Callahan tripled to score Meghan Shager.

The Rams will face Oklahoma at noon Sunday in the College Park Regional final. Oklahoma advances to the Super Regional with a victory. However, the teams will play again at 2 p.m., if Fordham upends the Sooners, who won their first two games of the tournament.