Maryland Softball Hosts Morgan State In Home Opener Wednesday
March 22, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Maryland Terrapins (11-13) host the Morgan State Lady Bears (4-8) in their home opener on Wednesday at 2 p.m. for a doubleheader at the Terrapin Softball Complex.
The Terrapins have won their first home game in College Park for 10 consecutive years. Last season, the Terps overpowered the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers, 5-1, in the home opener.
After dropping three games to Georgia Tech last weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener, the Terps come into the two-game homestand with sophomore Jenny Belak leading at the plate with a .372 batting average. Catcher Nikki Smith holds a .358 batting average while Crystal Crews leads on the mound for the Terrapins at 8-5 and a 2.15 ERA.
Maryland leads the overall series with Morgan State, 12-1. The Terps last met the Lady Bears on April 23, 2003, when they won by scores of 8-0 in six innings and 9-1 in five innings.
Scouting the Lady Bears
Morgan State stands at 4-8 overall and 0-2 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Lady Bears fell in their home opener to Hampton University, 4-1 and 10-0, on March 16. Sophomore Dominisha Britton had the team-high of three hits in the first game against Hampton.
Head Coach Jeff Bozier is in his first season with Morgan State. The Lady Bears finished 7-28 overall (6-14 MEAC) last season.
The Lady Bears were selected to finish ninth in the 2006 MEAC preseason poll.
First pitch is slated for 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. and can be followed on Gametracker at www.umterps.com.