By Daniel Chavkin
After a victory on Friday, Maryland failed to win back-to-back games again, falling to Nebraska 14-2 on Saturday.
Junior Brenna Nation started for the Terps, and had a rough beginning as she gave up a home run to senior Kiki Stokes, the first batter of the game. Junior Hannah Dewey relieved Nation in the fourth inning after Nation surrendered five runs.
Dewey pitched well, but didn’t get any help from her defense. She only allowed one earned run, but three errors in the sixth inning forced six unearned runs. Freshman Ari Jarvis, who relieved Dewey in the sixth, allowed a three run home run to the first batter she faced.
Down three entering the sixth inning, Maryland let up eight total runs, six unearned, that blew the game open.
“I thought Hannah Dewey did what she was supposed to do and I thought our defense did not,” head coach Julie Wright said. “We [failed] her miserably on defense”
Maryland’s offense wasn’t much better than their defense. They only collected three hits, two of which by junior Sarah Calta. Both Calta and sophomore Skylynne Elazar each totaled an RBI.
“Offensively, we struggled making the adjustments we made yesterday,” Calta said.
“We did not do what we did yesterday,” Wright said. “We did not come out with the same attack mode at the plate.”
Maryland, who fell to 16 games under below five hundred, hasn’t been able to fix their consistency and focus issues that continue to plague them.
“We kind of lost focus a little bit, and I think that carried over to our defense,” Calta said.
“It’s very frustrating as a coach to watch them because you know they’re much” better ball players than that,” Wright said.
As the season begins to dwindle away, Wright called tomorrow’s game a “defining moment” for the 8-24 Lady Terps as they finish the three game series vs. Nebraska.