The Maryland softball team earned its first victory of the season by shocking No. 1-ranked Florida, 4-2, on Saturday at the Aquafina Invitational in Gainesville.
The Terps improved to 1-8, and the Gators, who are top-ranked in the ESPN/USA Softball and USA Today Coaches Poll, fell to 8-1.
"This was an incredible team win," coach Julie Wright said after Maryland's first victory over a ranked opponent since May 2012 against Florida State. "Florida is a very good program with a great history and talented coaching staff. To put together the game we did against them means a lot. We did the little things well and just played Maryland softball."
Cleanup hitter Madison Martin went 3-for-4 for the Terps and earned the save in relief of winning pitcher Hannah Dewey, who gave up one earned run in 5 1/3 innings.
Maryland's first three batters in the lineup — Skylynne Ellazar, Anna Kufta and Kristina Dillard — each had two hits.
The four earned runs allowed by Florida senior All-American Delanie Gourley (4-1) were the first she had surrendered this season. She entered the game having pitched 18 scoreless innings.
The loss was the first for Florida at the Aquafina Invitational (or its home tournament) since 2007.