Feb. 19, 2006
Statesboro, Ga. - Maryland softball dominated most of the game against Louisville today, but a seventh inning Cardinal rally shook the Terps for a 5-4 loss in its final game of the Georgia State Invitational. The Terps' record stands at 3-2 in their opening weekend, while Louisville improves to 8-0.
A scheduling change altered Maryland's planned game against Troy at 10:00 a.m., and the Terps faced No. 1 seed Louisville at 10:00 a.m.
"The Louisville game was a tough loss, but overall we had a great weekend. I'm very pleased with our play," coach Laura Watten said. "We identified some areas we need to work on, and we're going to use this experience to help us in the rest of the season."
In the first inning, with two men on base and two outs, Maryland freshman Lindsey Ubrun hit a line drive to mid-left field to bring in Jenny Belak and Nikki Smith. Ubrun advanced to second after a Louisville fielding error. Rachel Greyson followed up with a single to left center, allowing Ubrun to score at home for a 3-0 start to the game.
Freshman Meredith Nelles started again for the Terrapins on the mound and struck out two on the day. The Terps played smart defense in the game. Center fielder Abbey Welch had a diving catch in the second inning for a key out, ultimately stranding a Louisville runner on base in the inning.
Louisville's Kristi Cunningham had a double in the third inning to left center field. Senior Crystal Crews came in at the top of the third and Maryland had two quick outs and left Cunningham on base.
In the fourth inning, sophomore Meghan Booth walked and advanced to third after a wild pitch and a passed ball, scoring on an error at first base.
Maryland held on to the 4-0 lead till the bottom of the sixth inning, when Cardinal Audrey Rendon had a single with one out. It was the first man on base for Louisville since the third inning. Louisville's short stop Courtney Moore hit a triple to bring home Rendon. Crews struck out Lacy Wood, then Belak caught a fly in left to close the inning to go 4-1.
Jenny Belak had a strong hit to center field in the top of the seventh, but Lounge's hit to left field was caught and the Cardinals came up to bat.
After Totten walked at the top of the seventh, Jenn Skaggs followed with a home run to center field for a 4-3 score. Klein handled the first for the Terps on a grounder and tagged first base for the out. Louisville's Cunningham hit a grounder up the middle on a 3-1 count for the single and Rendon hit a bunt to get on first.
With two runners on base and one out, coach Watten called a time out. The Terrapins walked the next batter. Klein had another key defensive play and got Rendon out at home. Center fielder Natalie Grossman was unable to catch Lacy Wood's drive to center field, and the Cardinals scored two runs for a 5-4 final.
Meredith Nelles was charged with the loss for a 1-2 record.
The Terps travel to Palm Springs, California next weekend to play in the Palm Springs Invitational. Maryland plays Texas Tech on Thursday, February 23rd at 6:00 p.m. The game can be followed on Game Tracker.