James Madison pounces on Maryland early, Terps drop contest 8-0

By Eddie Hobbs

Maryland faced no.12 James Madison in its back to back finale at the Maryland Invitational. The Terps have been hitting the ball well this weekend, as they were able to rack up 33 hits in the three games they played before facing the Dukes. Megan Good, arguably one of James Madison’s best pitchers in school history, controlled the game against the Maryland. Good limited the streaking Terps to just six hits throughout the game.

The Terps had a quick turnaround after a hard fought game against Binghamton. Madison Martin entered the circle for Maryland to start the game and she couldn’t get into a groove as JMU scored three runs in the first inning.

Maryland wasn’t shying away, in the second inning Skylynne Ellazar doubled to center field to try to start a rally for the Terps. Kassidy Cross then proceeded to walk, and a few batters later Destiney Henderson got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Juli Strange had a chance to bring Maryland back into the game but got struck out by James Madison pitcher Megan Good.

In the fifth inning James Madison busted the game wide open. With players on second and third, third baseman Niki Prince hit a three-run homer over the right field wall. James Madison extended its lead to 5-0. In between the fifth and the sixth inning, the field lights started to act up and delayed the game about 15 minutes.

Maryland wasn’t able to get much going after the delay and ended up dropping the game against James Madison 8-0. Maryland couldn’t close out the last day of the Maryland Invitational on a strong note and went 2-2 over the weekend. The Terps dropped to 6-20-1 on the season and will take on St. John’s at home on Monday March 20 at 3 p.m.