Terrapins Prepare For Palm Springs Softball Tournament

Feb. 23, 2006

PALM DESERT,CA. - The University of Maryland softball team holds a 3-2 record coming into the Palm Springs Classic. The Terrapins enter the tournament for the first time in the program's history.

The Palm Springs Classic is a 23-team field that showcases some of the most prestigious softball programs in the country. Six of the eight teams have won the NCAA Championship, 15 NCAA Regional Tournament squads as well as three College World Series teams.

Maryland Outlook The Terps have a collective 1.51 ERA and are batting .240 while keeping their opponents to a .149 batting average.

In the five game series, nine different Terps had hits with eight having more than one hit at the plate. Overall, the squad had two home runs, one triple, three doubles, and 12 RBI for the tournament.

The Terps played strong defensively with a .980 fielding percentage and were 3-for-4 in stolen bases.

Georgia Southern Tournament Highlights The Terps played the first of four early season tournaments last weekend in Statesboro, Ga. in the Georgia Southern Invitational. Maryland's 3-2 finish in its opening weekend included three straight wins over Georgia Southern, Charleston Southern and Troy with bookend losses against Louisville. Both losses to Louisville came with runs scored in the seventh inning.

Senior pitcher Crystal Crews opened the 2006 season for the Terps on the mound in the game against Louisville. Over five games, Crews is 3-0 with 23.1 innings pitched, 24 K's and 4 BB. She had nine strikeouts in the 3-0 win over Charleston Southern.

Senior catcher Nikki Smith hit a team-high .455 in the five game series with a home run, a double, three RBI and a .818 slugging percentage. The home run was the first of the year and fourth, overall, in her career.

Lindsey Ubrun had a dazzling opening tournament in her first career start at third-base with a home run, a double and 2 RBI, for a .357 and second-highest on the Terrapin squad.

Lead off hitter Jenny Belak is batting .353 for the team and helped the Terps to a 1-0, eight inning, victory over Troy.

Scouting the Competition in Palm Springs The Terrapins are set to face four teams for the first time at the Palm Springs tournament in play action: Texas Tech, Fullerton, Cal Poly and Stanford.

Maryland's game against Texas Tech on Thursday at 6 p.m. (Pacific) on Wrigley Field in the Field of Dreams complex is the opening game of the tournament.

Texas Tech opened the 2006 season with two wins and is currently 3-8. The Red Raiders are led by Jennifer Corkin, who is batting .333 after 40 at-bats including two doubles. Junior Kristen Healy has the team-high of a .375 batting average.

Most recently, in the Worth Wildcat Invitational in Texas last weekend, Texas Tech fell to No. 3 Arizona, 0-6, and North Carolina State, 2-5. The 6:00 p.m. game (Pacific) against the Red Raiders game can be followed on Game Tracker.

Next up for the Terps is a Friday 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) against the Cal Poly Mustangs. With a 2-8 record, Cal Poly's leading hitter is senior Chelsea Green at .400 with 30 at-bats, 12 hits and three RBI. Sophomore Robyn Kontra has pitched 39.2 innings, with 15 strikeouts and a 2-4 record.

Last Sunday, Cal Poly had a 10-4 victory over New Mexico 15 hits with a three-run home run.

Maryland faces Stanford for the first time in a 3:30 p.m. (Pacific) matchup on Friday to conclude the doubleheader. Missy Penna, a right-handed freshman pitcher, posts a 0.95 ERA and a 5-1 record for the 10-1 Cardinals. Anna Beardman holds the team-high .438 BA for the PAC-ten team with three triples and five RBI for the team.

The 3:30 p.m. (Pacific) game against Stanford can be followed on Game Tracker.

At 11-0, the Arizona Wildcats are No. 3 in the country and are the highest ranked team in the Palm Springs Classic. Arizona's pitcher Alicia Hollowell has a 6-0 record, a 0.00 ERA and has not allowed a run in 39 innings pitched this season. At center field Caitlyn Lowe, holds the team-high of a .486 batting average for the Wildcats.

Maryland is 1-3 overall against Arizona with the Terps falling 9-0 in the last meeting in 1999. The Terps will play Arizona on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific) at Fenway Worth Field.

The final match of the tournament for the Terps is a 9 a.m. (Pacific) Sunday contest against the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Flames are coming off a victory over Southern Utah University at the Alexis Resort in Las Vegas. Elizabeth Jacoby holds a .444 team-high BA and Sarah Clynes has 12.2 innings pitched for the Flames for a 1-1 season record.