March 19, 2006
ATLANTA, Ga. - Maryland softball fell 5-1 to Georgia Tech today in the final game of a three-game series with the Yellow Jackets. The Terps drop to 11-13 (0-3 in the ACC) while the Yellow Jackets improve to 25-6 overall (3-0 ACC).
Maryland had four hits on the day with sophomore rightfielder Jenny Belak recording her eighth straight hit. Both teams utilized four pitchers in the matchup, with Georgia Tech hitting two home runs in the game and seven hits. Sarah Wood record the win for Georgia Tech for an 8-1 record, as the Terps' Crystal Crews took the loss to fall to 8-5 on the year.
"We're capable of a whole lot more," said head coach Laura Watten. "We have to make the adjustment to demand more of ourselves. There is still a lot of the season left to get there. We need to commit to our goals."
Georgia Tech opened the first inning with a two-run home run to right field by Whitney Haller. The Yellow Jackets increased the lead by one run in the second when Caitlyn Lever hit a fly ball to left field which hit the foul pole for a home run and a 3-0 score.
The Terps had three hits in the third inning with Belak and Rachel Greyson hitting singles. Meghan Booth then advanced on base after a Yellow Jacket error. Keri Lounge hit a single up the middle to bring Booth home. With two out and the bases loaded, Nikki Smith hit a hard drive to the pitcher who fielded the play for the third out.
Junior Elyse Lucas, on the mound since the bottom of the second inning for the Terrapins, had three strikeouts in her 3.1 innings of play.
Coach Watten substituted junior Lindsay Klein at the bottom of the fifth on a 3-2 count, after Christine Sheridan scored, and two players were on base. It was Klein's first appearance as pitcher for the Terps. Georgia Tech's Haller scored on Savannah Brown's double down the left field line for a 5-1 lead. Klein fielded Daisy Paez' drive up the middle for the third out, leaving three Yellow Jackets on base.
Freshman Meredith Nelles came in for Klein at the top of the sixth for the Terrapins. The Terps would get two players on base on a single by Klein and an error to advance Ubrun on base, but a double play finished the game for a 5-1 final.
The Terps face Morgan State for a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 22 at 2:00 p.m. in their home opener at College Park. The game can be followed on Game Tracker.