April 12, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four Terrapin home runs in the first game of a doubleheader paved the way to a sweep over George Mason tonight at the Terrapin Softball Complex. The Terps (25-17, 4-7 ACC) closed out the first game in five innings with a 12-0 no-hitter, followed by a 9-1 score in the second game over the Patriots (1-38, 1-7 CAA). Maryland has 12 consecutive victories in College Park this season.
The Terps had 19 hits in the outing with six players registering multi-hits in the twinbill. Keri Lounge's triple in game two moves her to the No. 1 spot on Maryland's all-time list for triples in a single season (5) and the all-time list for triples in a career (7). Nikki Smith and Lindsey Ubrun added their sixth and fifth home runs, respectively, as Whitney Reigel and Amanda D'Attilio each recorded their first home run of the year in the series.
Crystal Crews fanned seven batters in the five inning no-hitter to go 15-8 on the year, while junior Elyse Lucas had six strikeouts in the second game notching her first complete game of the season for a 2-0 record.
"We had another good day," said head coach Laura Watten. "The biggest challenge was to maintain a good level of play after a strong weekend. We attacked early, picked good pitches and, as a result, our offense really clicked. Our pitching was strong again which is key."
The Terps jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning of game one with three Terrapin two-run home runs. Lead off batter Belak walked on base and was brought in by Ubrun's shot to center field. Lindsey Klein and Smith set up an identical situation in the next at-bat. Klein was walked and Smith followed with a rocket over the left field fence. D'Attilio hit an infield single to get on base. With two outs, Whitney Reigel belted her first home run of the year, scoring D'Attilio, to increase the lead to 6-0.
Maryland added two runs in the third inning and four in the fourth. In the third, Reigel's RBI single scored Smith and D'Attilio who singled and walked on base. Lounge started things for the Terps in the fourth when she fired a single to the short stop. Both Klein and Smith hit RBI doubles, to get Lounge and Klein across home plate. D'Attilio's home run to deep center field scored Smith and solidified the win for the Terps at 12-0 with the game ending on the mercy rule in five innings.
In the second game, the Terps got on the scoreboard first. Klein's RBI single brought Lounge home, who nailed a triple to center field. Smith, who was 5-for-7 in the twinbill, hit her second double of the day which scored Lounge for the 2-0 early lead.
The Patriots had one run and two hits in the second game. At the top of the third inning, Morgan Wright led off with a hit to deep right field. Rachel Hastings' drive was a fielder's choice that scored Wright. Lindsay Klein caught Dee Murray's short pop up for the third out and to end the inning with the Terps ahead, 2-1. Both Klein and Smith walked on base in the bottom of the third inning as both runners scored on Crews' single to right field which was misplayed by Kyle Noro.
Maryland added three more runs in the fifth and two insurance runs in the sixth. In the fifth, Devon Williams and Abbey Welch had doubles to left field. Welch's double moved Williams across home plate, while Welch scored on Belak's drive to center field. Klein smacked a hit to left field that scored Belak for a 7-1 lead.
With one out, Belak hit an infield single and sophomore Medley McGuire was walked on base. Belak stole second and third base, which brings her total number of stolen bases this season to 11. McGuire also stole second to get in scoring position. Smith hit a drive up the middle that brought home Belak and McGuire to finish the game, 9-1, in six innings on a mercy rule.
Maryland is back in action when it hosts a three-game series at home against local ACC rival Virginia on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader at the Terrapin Softball Complex is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday's single game starts at 1 p.m.