May 5, 2004
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The University of Maryland softball team will finish its 2004 regular season schedule this week after completing three non-conference doubleheaders. Maryland will take on the University of Delaware at Newark, Del., May 6 in an afternoon doubleheader at 2 p.m.. The Terrapins will travel back to College Park, Md., to host No. 13 Alabama in a Saturday, May 8 afternoon doubleheader at the Terrapin Softball Complex. The Terps will also host Villanova in a doubleheader Sunday, May 9. Both home doubleheaders will begin at 1 p.m. The play-by-play will be available live via internet on Game Tracker at www.umterps.com.
Saturday's doubleheader against Alabama also is Fan Appreciation Day at the Terrapin Softball Complex. Fans are invited to stay after the second game to take pictures with their favorite Terrapin players.
The Terrapins will also be honoring seniors Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.), Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) as part of Senior Day this Sunday. Fans ages 12 and under are welcome to run the bases after the second game!
FANTASTIC FRESHMENFreshmen Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) and Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) are on their way to having not only the best freshmen years in Maryland history, but two of the best seasons ever in program history.
Lounge is currently batting .322-second best on the team. The average is currently tied for the eighth-best single season batting average in Maryland history. No freshman has had a higher batting average since Keisha Pickeral hit .316 in 1999.
Lounge's 13 doubles ties her with Jennifer Potzman for the third-most doubles in a season in Maryland history. Potzman was a freshman when she made this mark in 1998.
Lounge and Pickeral are also tied for the sixth-most RBI in a Maryland season. Pickeral set this mark as a freshman in 1999.
Both Klein and Lounge are currently tied with a team-leading six home runs. This mark also ties the duo with Potzman for most home runs by a Maryland freshman.
RAISING THE BARJunior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) was batting a season-low .235 just over a month ago. Since that time, Rizzuto has elevated her average to .317-third best on the team.
Rizzuto also has a flair for extra-base hits. She is second on the team with nine doubles.
SCOUTING DELAWAREDelaware (27-20, 9-8 CAA) completed its CAA regular season against Towson in a three-game set. The Blue Hens took two games, 6-0 and 2-1, but dropped the final game of the series, 3-2.
The Blue Hens' offense is led by senior third baseman Laura Streets. She currently holds a .399 batting average. Streets was named the CAA Player of the Week for May 3 after going 7-for-15 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in the Towson series.
The Blue Hens typically use a two-person pitching staff of freshman Carolynn Sloat and junior Jenn Joseph. Sloat (17-12) leads the staff with a 1.29 ERA and 161 strikeouts. She wsa named the CAA's Freshman of the Week for May 3 after going 2-1 and maintaining a 0.54 ERA. Joseph (9-5) has struck out 61 batters in 88 innings pitched. The rest of Delaware's staff is composed of relievers Kelsey Knapp and Lindsay Jones. Knapp and Jones have nine and eight appearances on the season, respectively.
SCOUTING ALABAMAAlabama (39-16, 18-12 SEC) is coming off a winning weekend against No. 8 Georgia. The Crimson Tide took two out of three conference games from Georgia by the scores of 4-3 and 2-1. SEC Player of the Week Capper Reed helped lift Alabama to its 2-1 win after driving in both of the team's runs with a single. Maryland dropped two games to Georgia earlier this season, 5-0 and 4-0.
Senior first baseman Jackie McClain leads Alabama with a .409 batting average. Power threat Stephanie VanBrakle leads the team with 39 RBIs and nine home runs. Juniors Ashley Courtney and Deasy Phillips exhibit speed on the basepaths with 20 and 18 stolen bases, respectively.
Alabama uses a three-pitcher rotation. VanBrakle leads the staff with 14 wins and 200 strikeouts. Jennifer Wright (12-1) sports a team-leading 1.76 ERA. Erin Wright (13-6) has fanned 130 batters in 118 innings pitched.
SCOUTING VILLANOVAVillanova (30-21, 12-8 BIG EAST) snapped a three-game losing streak with a conference win over Seton Hall last Sunday. During the streak, St. John's and Seton Hall shut out the Wildcats in each game.
Senior Robin Flier is tops on the team with a .355 batting average and five stolen bases. Junior Kari Koller leads the Wildcats with eight home runs and 25 RBIs. Flier and Koller are the only two Villanova players who are batting over .300.
The Wildcats' pitching staff is led by the tandem of juniors Shannon Williams and Kristen Haynes. Williams (20-11) currently has a 1.49 ERA and a staff-high 168 strikeouts. Haynes (10-10) holds opposing batters to a .201 average. Koller and Tiffany Ross have made appearances in a relief roll for the Wildcats this season.