Feb. 24, 2006
PALM DESERT, Ca. - The University of Maryland softball team fell in its first contest in the Palm Springs Invitational Thursday in a 3-0 loss against Texas Tech. The Terrapins stand at 3-3 going into Friday's matchups, as Texas Tech improves to 4-8.
The Terps had three hits in the game and no errors, yet were not able to convert for a score. Sophomore right fielder Jenny Belak had her fifth straight game with a hit. Crystal Crews had five strikeouts on the night, while walking only two batters.
Belak had the team-high of two hits tonight beginning in the first inning with a line drive up the middle for a single. Junior Keri Lounge followed up with a bunt to advance Belak, and Lindsay Klein's grounder to left was picked up as Belak continued to third base. Yet, Texas Tech's pitcher Montana Patin had her first strikeout of the night next and Belak was left on base.
Freshman Meredith Nelles started for the Terps and pitched three innings in the game. Texas Tech's Ashley Parker struck first against the Terrapins in the first inning with a hit up the middle for a single. After the next batter walked, Nelles struck out two straight with the runner advancing on a passed ball.
With a 2-2 count at the plate, Patin hit a double to left field which just dropped over the head of left fielder Meghan Booth scoring Parker with Elizabeth Eimen. In the next play, second baseman Jennifer Bowers drove the ball to right field and was headed to first, as Belak quickly picked up the ball for a play at home to catcher Nikki Smith who blocked home plate and tagged Patin for the third out.
Freshman third baseman Lindsey Ubrun nailed the first pitch up the middle for a single, garnering her sixth hit of the year. Yet, the Terrapins grounded out, flied out and struck out leaving Ubrun on base. The Terps were hitless in the third inning while Texas Tech scored after getting to base on a walk for a 3-0 lead.
Crews came to the pitcher's circle in the fourth inning. Maryland found itself threatened again in the fourth when left fielder Meghan Booth sprinted to catch a left-field fly, stranding all three Red Raiders on base for a key third out.
The Terrapins had one hit, a single to left field from Belak, off of Erin Crawford in the last three innings. Crawford pitched a complete game and had five strikeouts. Nelles takes the loss to go 0-3.
Maryland faces Cal Poly and Stanford on Friday. The first contest against Cal Poly is at 3:30 p.m. (EST).