Seniors Dewey and Aughinbaugh hit home runs in loss to Wisconsin

Photo Courtesy of Maryland Athletics.

By Eddie Hobbs

After the loss to Wisconsin on Friday night, the Terps chances of making it into the Big Ten Tournament were crushed. That still didn’t stop Maryland from trying to deliver an upset performance over the Badgers on Saturday afternoon. The matchup was slated to start at 1:00 p.m., but the weather in College Park had different plans. The game was postponed until 3:00 p.m., then Madison Martin stepped into the circle at 3:30 and the game was underway.

Martin was pitching very well for Maryland early on in the game. Through the first four innings Martin only allowed one hit, and the Terps backed her up with some offense. In the bottom of the third Kassidy Cross started off the inning with a single to left field. Then Jordan Aughinbaugh hit a two run homer over the left field fence. It was the first career home run for Aughinbaugh, a senior, on senior weekend to give Maryland the early 2-0 lead.

Wisconsin was able to answer in the top of the fourth, the Badgers’ catcher Chloe Miller delivered a shot to left field for a triple. Then shortstop Brooke Wyderski grounded out to Maryland third baseman Juli Strange and Chloe Miller was able to cross the plate to cut the lead to 2-1.

Maryland’s resilience showed in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hannah Dewey came up to the plate to lead off the inning and drove a ball over the right center field wall for her first home run of the season and Maryland was back up by two runs, 3-1.

Wisconsin started a rally in the fifth inning and it started off with the Badger first baseman Stephanie Lombardo who singled to right field, then Brianna Flugaur came in to pinch run for Lombardo. Right fielder Jordan Little dropped a single into left , advancing Flugaur to second base. The throw from Amanda Brashear was off target, and Flugaur was able to reach third base. The next batter, Melanie Cross, hit a SAC fly to right field and Flugaur came in to score, 3-2 Terps.

In the sixth inning, Wisconsin broke the game open with three runs in the frame. The Badgers were able to string together four consecutive singles and scored three runs on the four hits. Maryland struggled to keep up on offense and fell to Wisconsin 5-3.

Maryland will finish out the season against Wisconsin on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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