Softball Drops Game One to Maryland
April 21, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. - Wolfpack softball dropped the first game in the doubleheader against Maryland by a score of 5-3.
Emily Weiman went the distance in the loss, surrendering only two earned runs while striking out two.
Bethaney Wells led the Pack at the plate in the contest by going 3-for-3 with two singles, a home run and two runs scored.
Toni Ann Williford smashed a double in her first at-bat of the game, then Wells drew a one-out walk to place runners at first and second for Caitlin Dent. Dent popped out to end the frame, though, and the game remained scoreless after the first inning.
Scout Albertson led off the second inning by reaching on an error. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and then moved to third on a ground out by Leah Jones. The next batter, Katie Mansilla, notched an infield hit to put runners on first and third for Kirsty Grant. Grant then laid down a bunt and reached on a Maryland throwing error, but Albertson scored on the play, giving the Pack a 1-0 lead over the Terps.
Shannon Bustillos blasted her sixth home run of the 2012 season to open the fourth inning, knotting the score at 1-1. The Terps took advantage of a Wolfpack error with two outs in the frame and scored another run, taking a 2-1 lead in the contest.
The Terrapins extended their lead to 3-1 in the fifth thanks to a Kathy McLaughlin solo homerun.
Wells put the Pack within one run of the Terps in the bottom of the fifth inning by belting her league-leading 11th home run of the 2012 season.
Maryland posted two runs off of one hit, a walk, a hit batter and one Wolfpack error in the sixth inning, taking a 5-2 lead over State.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Wells led off with a single and moved to second on a ground ball by Dent. The next batter, Albertson, notched an infield single, putting runners on first and third with one out for Chelsea Tate. Tate drew a one-out walk, loading the bases for Mansilla, who notched an RBI on a fielder's choice. With two outs and runners on first and second, Grant stepped to the plate, but fanned to end the game.
The Pack returns to action shortly for game two of the doubleheader.