Terp Softball Set For Final ACC Series This Weekend Against Seminoles

May 5, 2006

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps (31-23, 6-11 ACC) close out the regular season this weekend as they host the Seminoles of Florida State for a key ACC three-game series (May 6-7). In sixth position and two games behind Florida State (36-24, 8-9 ACC) in the league, the Terps look to gain some ground before next week's ACC Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. Game times this weekend are 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday.

Maryland will also be celebrating Senior Day on Sunday prior to the game. Captain Nikki Smith, Rachel Greyson, and Crystal Crews will be honored.

Noting the Terrapins

While registering the team-high batting average for 9-of-12 weeks this season, sophomore Jenny Belak continues to lead the Terps with a .363 batting average. She also leads the team in hits (65), runs (35) and stolen bases (13). Third base freshman Lindsey Ubrun is batting a .318 average with the team-high of 33 RBI and nine home runs. Nikki Smith (.320) has 27 RBI for the squad with six home runs, as junior Lindsay Klein holds a .298 average with 32 RBI and 14 doubles, helping the Terps to a.263 batting average.

With Crystal Crews (1.67 ERA) back in the lineup, she holds a 17-10 record over 171.2 innings pitched and ten complete games. She has tallied 186 strikeouts this season and leads the team with three saves. In the past ten games, Crews is hurling a 1.15 ERA. Freshman Meredith Nelles holds a 9-8 record for the team over 103.2 strikeouts and has pitched 103.2 innings for the Terps this season.

In the last ten games, Abbey Welch has hit a blistering .440 with a .640 slugging percentage. Ubrun has hit .429 while Keri Lounge has notched ten RBI in the same time period.

Overall, Maryland is in fifth position in the league with a .262 batting average and a 2.34 ERA. Against ACC opponents, Maryland is currently batting .209, while Florida State leads the league with a .306 batting average. Belak holds the sixth spot overall with a .358 BA, while Lounge is second in triples (6) and Klein is fourth in the league in doubles (14). Six Terrapins are batting better than their 2005 season averages

Maryland has 43 stolen bases this season, just three shy of the all-time career record currently held by the 2003 team. A total of twelve Terrapins on the 2006 roster have recorded stolen bases this season. Belak leads with 13, while Lounge, Welch and D'Attilio all have five.

Terps vs. Last Week's Opponents

The Terps (31-23, 6-11 ACC) have won three of their last four games, shutting out the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (2-0 and 5-0) on Wednesday at Delaware Field (May 3.) Maryland had 19 hits in the twinbill with Amanda D'Attilio, Belak, Welch and Ubrun all recording multi-hit games. D'Attilio was 4-for-7 on the day, with a double and a triple, and has batted .364 in the last ten games.

On April 26, Maryland split games against local rival Towson as both contests went into extra innings. The Terps won the opening game, 2-0, then dropped the second, 5-4. In the first contest, the Terps broke an eight-inning scoreless tie as D'Attilio hit an RBI single that scored Ubrun.

Scouting the Seminoles

The Seminoles (36-24, 8-9 ACC) have won three of their last six matchups, including a midweek doubleheader against UCF (May 4), 2-0 and 8-2. In the first game, the Seminoles and UCF were scoreless until the sixth inning when Melissa Wood hit a two-run home run. Seven Seminoles had hits in the later game, with Osmon hitting two home runs, en route to the 8-2 win for FSU.

Senior Natasha Jacob currently leads the Seminole hitters with a .367 average, 73 hits and 42 runs. Clean up hitter Yuruby Alicart (.335) holds the team-high of RBI with 45 and a .631 slugging percentage. In the circle, Tiffany McDonald (2.09 ERA) posts a 24-14 record over 254.0 innings pitched, while Melissa May is 7-6 with a 3.22 ERA, contributing to the team's 2.76 ERA.

The Terps have squared off against Florida State at least once every year since 1996, falling behind 5-to-28 in the overall series with the Seminoles.

Earlier this season at the Sunshine State Tournament at Florida State (Mar. 4), the Terps lost a 5-2 lead in the seventh inning as the Seminoles rallied for the 6-5 win. Maryland out-hit FSU, 9-to-7 in the game., with Smith and Welch recording doubles, yet the Seminoles capitalized on a late Maryland error for the victory.

Record Review

Freshman Lindsey Ubrun has homered nine times this year, tying her for the top spot on Maryland's all-time record list for home runs in a single season. She is currently tied with Kiesha Pickeral ('01), Beth Radford ('01) and Kelly Shipman ('99).

Junior Keri Lounge collected her sixth triple of the season and eighth of her career against Towson (Apr. 26), now ranking her as No. 1 for triples recorded in a single-season and career triples at Maryland.

Fellow junior Lindsay Klein moved to the sixth spot on Maryland's all-time list for career home runs after belting her 16th career home run in the April 23 matchup against Boston College. With 14 doubles this season, Klein is third in the ACC and holds the No. 3 spot for doubles in a single-season for the Terps. With 32 RBI, the Orange, Calif. native needs one RBI to break into the top-ten single-season list for runs batted in.

With 186 strikeouts this season, senior Crystal Crews is now No. 5 on Maryland's list for most strikeouts in a single-season. She also has seven shutouts in 2006, which puts her in the seventh spot for shutouts in a single-season. After pitching the complete game against Delaware (May 3) for a total of 171.2 innings pitched to date, Crews advanced to the No. 5 spot on the Terrapins list for most innings pitched in a single season with three more to play.

Sophomore Jenny Belak is currently tied for the No. 3 position on Maryland's record list for hits in a single-season (65). Kiesha Pickeral ('99) holds the top spot with 68. With 35 runs this season, Belak is also tied for fifth for runs in a single-season. She also leads the team this season with 13 stolen bases, helping the team to 43 stolen bases overall.