COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Iowa softball team dropped a 5-2 decision to Maryland on Saturday afternoon at Maryland Stadium. The Terrapins clinched the series victory on Saturday after a 2-1 win on Friday night.
Seniors Allie Wood and Angela Schmiederer, junior Mallory Kilian and freshman Aralee Bogar recorded hits against the Terrapins, while Kilian and Wood each scored a run.
Maryland took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning, scoring a pair of runs on four base hits, but the Hawkeyes responded in the top of the fourth. Kilian was behind in the count when she sent a solo shot over the left field fence. Later, Bogar knocked an RBI triple into left that scored Wood who reached base on a single to left.
The Terrapins extended their lead in the fourth inning when a sacrifice fly put them up by one. In the next at-bat, a sacrifice bunt put runners in scoring position and Skylynne Ellazar hit a two RBI single up the middle to give Maryland the 5-2 advantage.
Senior Kenzie Ihle (2-3) suffered the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits in 3.2 innings pitched. Freshman Lauren Shaw entered the game in the fourth inning and threw two strikeouts in 2.1 innings.
Mallory Kilian leads the team with five home runs this season. The Fort Dodge, Iowa, native has hit 11 home runs in her career as a Hawkeye.
QUOTING HEAD COACH MARLA LOOPER
“When we don’t execute the way we feel we can that means they’re probably doing something right. Our challenge is not to then add on to that by limiting our opportunities.”
“We’ll see one of the three pitchers we’ve already seen in the circle when we play tomorrow. We’ve got to do a better job of making adjustments as we go.”
“Lauren Shaw does a nice job. It’s been a while since she’s been in the circle and it was good to get her back out there. She did a nice job of settling in when she came in and gave us a chance to stay in the game.”
Iowa: 15-13, 1-3
Maryland: 14-20, 4-1
The Hawkeyes finish up their three game series against Maryland on Sunday at 11 a.m. (CT) at Maryland Stadium in College Park.