Maryland softball entered its Sunday matchup with Hawaii averaging only 1.6 runs per game over its previous 10 games. Through five innings, it looked like the Terps would do little to add to that number, with only two runs on five hits.
In that fifth inning, however, Maryland pushed across five runs on six hits, including three doubles. The Terps, who have struggled all year hitting with runners on base, registered four straight two-out RBI hits to take a two-run lead over Hawaii.
"We just had a sense of urgency and focus today," infielder Bailey Boyd said. "We've also been working on that in practice, hitting with runners in scoring position and situational hitting."
Maryland's seven runs in its 7-6 win are tied for the second-most the Terps have scored in a game this season, while the team's 12 hits were a season-high. Eight of Maryland's starters recorded a hit, and four Terps registered multi-hit games.
"We were just really competitive in our at-bats." coach Julie Wright said. "It's something I think we've been able to do all year. We just haven't, so I was really excited to see them go out and compete every pitch."
The win gave the Terps a 3-2 record in the Hawaii tournament, their second winning weekend of the season. The victory also gave Wright's squad 10 wins, just one shy of its win total from last season, heading into Big Ten play.
Boyd, who entered Sunday with three hits on the season, knocked a solo homer in the second and an RBI single in the fifth.
"My teammates had already seen the pitcher, so they told me what to look for and what adjustments to make," Boyd said. "It was just about honing in and focusing on my plan."
The Terps offense came up big when Maryland's normally reliable pitching staff had trouble with Hawaii's offense.
Starter Ryan Denhart left after 3 ⅓ innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk. Reliever Sydney Golden continued to escape jams, allowing five hits and a walk but only one run to pick up the win out of the bullpen. The win was her fourth on the season, and the third as a reliever.
"The biggest thing as a reliever is that when I go in," Golden said, "I need to set a new energy and a new tone."