May 6, 2013
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|May 9||11 a.m.||vs. #6 Virginia Tech||Live Stats | Watch|
|May 10||1 p.m.||Semifinals||Live Stats | Watch|
|May 11||6 p.m.||Championship||Live Stats | ESPN2|
Scouting The Terps
Third-seeded Maryland will take on sixth-seeded Virginia Tech Thursday at 11 a.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals in Tallahassee, Fla.
The Terps have gone 26-11 since March 10 and have won 11 of their last 15 games. In that 15-game span, Candice Beards has hit .467 with 10 doubles and 14 RBI. She is also riding a 16-game hit streak.
Freshman Lindsey Schmeiser has 55 RBI so far this season, which leads the ACC and is second in the Maryland record books. The record for most RBI in a season is 56, set by current assistant coach Amber Jackson in 2007. Beards' 17 doubles this year lead the league and is second in all-time Maryland history, after Michelle Burrell hit 19 in 2001.
The Terrapins are coming off of a 34-22 season, in which they earned their third straight NCAA Regionals bid.
|2013 Maryland Terrapins: 31-25, 13-8 ACC (RPI: 89)|
Head Coach Laura Watten returns eight starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's NCAA Regionals squad.
Scouting Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech is 34-18 overall and 9-11 in ACC play. The Hokies have won seven of their last 10 games, with two of those three loses coming at the hands of the Terps.
In last weekend's series, Dani Anderson and Courtney Liddle each had five hits. Liddle knocked in six RBI.
Maryland owns the all-time series, 19-16. The Terps fell to the Hokies in last year's ACC Tournament Quarterfinals, 5-2. The Terrapins held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Kat Banks hit a grand slam for a 5-1 lead. Maryland rallied in the top of the seventh with a home run by Sloane Van Meter, couldn't come all the way back.
|2013 Virginia Tech Hokies: 34-18, 9-11 ACC (RPI: 37)|
Play the Best
The Terrapins will play a strong schedule against a number of the nation's top teams.
The Terps will play seven games against teams in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Top 25.
The Terps will battle 16 teams that competed in last year's NCAA championships. So far, they are 12-13 against those teams.
Laura Watten returns for her seventh season at the helm of the up-and-coming Terrapin softballa program. Her current career record is 591-399 (.597) and her record at Maryland is 269-192 (.584). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her career highlights:
- Collegiate Record (16 years): 591-399 (.597)
- Record at Maryland (8 years): 269-192 (.584)
- Led the Terrapins to three straight NCAA Regionals appearances for the first time in school history
- Earned first postseason appearance since 1999
- 14 NFCA All-Region honorees
- Coach of 2007 Easton and NFCA All-American
- 15 All-ACC selections, including seven first team
- Three All-ACC Tournament Team selections
- Coached 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year Kerry Hickey
- Three ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team members
- 17 All-ACC Academic Team members
- Four-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
- 2005 NCAA South Regional Champion (led at-large team Bethune-Cookman to Super Regionals)
- 2005 Super Regional Appearance
- 2005 NFCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Watten Adds Two to Staff
Watten hired Terrapin alum Jillian Callaway and Shannon Riley this summer.
Callaway was an assistant coach for the Terrapins from 2004-06 after graduating. As a player from 1999-03, she was a standout infielder and finished her career on Maryland's all-time top-10 list for games played (195) and started (189), hits (128), and RBI (63). She owns and operates 5 Star Athletics, a program she founded to promote softball and instruct the top young players in the area. She has worked with current Maryland players Kaitlyn Schmeiser, Lindsey Schmeiser and Bridget Hawvermale through her program.
Riley, the director of operations, has worked with Callaway as the director of operations for 5 Star Athletics, managing business operations, organizing camps and clinics, and working with local programs and universities to promote softball. Riley played second base and was a slapper on the Mount St. Mary's softball team.
|2013 Terps When...|
|vs. Right-handed Starter||29-21|
|vs. Left-handed Starter||2-4|
|5+ Run games||16-11|
|Scoring 0-2 runs||1-13|
|Scoring 3-5 runs||7-8|
|Scoring 6-9 runs||11-4|
|Scoring 10+ runs||12-0|
|Opponent Scoring 0-2 runs||15-1|
|Opponent Scoring 3-5 runs||10-9|
|Opponent Scoring 6-9 runs||6-9|
|Opponent Scoring 10+ runs||0-6|
|Scored in first inning||18-5|
|Opponent scored in first inning||9-14|
|Opponent scores first||11-21|
|Made 0 errors||14-6|
|Made 1 error||10-9|
|Made 2+ errors||7-10|
|Opponent made 0 errors||3-11|
|Opponent made 1 error||12-5|
|Opponent made 2+ errors||16-9|
|Out-hit by opponent||6-21|
|Hits are tied||1-0|
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