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March 18, 2010
KISSIMMEE, Fla. - The Maryland softball team won both of its games Wednesday morning in the Florida Rebel Games in Kissimmee, Fla. The Terps earned 9-1 wins over both Akron and Columbia and moved to 12-9 on the year. Sophomore Kendra Knight threw a no-hitter over six innings against Columbia.
The Terrapin pitching staff of junior Kerry Hickey and Knight combined for a dominant day in the circle. They pitched just 11 innings and recorded 19 strikeouts between them. They gave up four hits and two runs, just one earned. Hickey started the first and Knight started the second game. She finished the day with 14 strikeouts, gave up just two walks and threw her first career no-hitter.
The Terrapin offense exploded in both games. The Terps scored 18 runs in 11 innings between the two games - their most production at the plate this season. As a team, they collected 17 hits, 14 RBI, and hit .347 over the two game stretch.
Freshman Nikki Maier had two hits in her four at-bats, including her first career home run to end the second game. Knight was two-for-two and senior Alex Schultz hit .429 between the two games.
ELON, N.C. --- The No. 16/20 (18-6) North Carolina Tar Heels were upended by the (15-4) Elon Phoenix, 1-0, during a road game in which the Carolina offense sputtered throughout. Senior Amber Johnson pitched six strong innings for the Tar Heels allowing only one run and four hits. Sophomore Ally Blake had one hit in the game bringing her average up to .310 on the season.
The Tar Heels' bright spot was senior pitcher (10-4) Amber Johnson, who outside of the home run to Watson, pitched a fine game, striking out five batters and only gathering four hits and one earned run.