April 24, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The University of Maryland softball team (25-19, 1-5 ACC) will host its final ACC regular season doubleheader this Sunday against the University of Virginia. The first game of the day will begin at 1 p.m. Admission and parking to the Terrapin Softball Complex are free.
SCOUTING VIRGINIAVirginia (36-23, 4-4 ACC) carries a seven-game win streak into this afternoon's games. The Cavaliers swept an ACC doubleheader from NC State Saturday afternoon, taking games 5-4 and 6-2.
In the past week, Virginia also swept doubleheaders from Liberty and James Madison and took one game from No. 2 Florida State.
The Cavs are batting .295 as a team with seven players hitting over .300. The offense is led by first year Elea Crockett. She's batting .385. The team's power comes from fourth years Hannah Owings and Heather Field, who have eight and 10 home runs, respectively. Second year Sara Larquier has driven in a team-high 42 runs this season.
Virginia uses three pitchers in its rotation: fourth year Joanna Barstad, first year Coty Tolar and second year Erin Horn. Barstad has a team-low 1.94 ERA. Horn's 16-8 record is tops on the team.
RAISING THE BARJunior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) was batting a season-low .235 just over a month ago. Since that time, Rizzuto has elevated her average to .306--fourth best on the team.
Rizzuto also has a flair for extra-base hits. She is second on the team and 10th in the ACC with nine doubles.
CRANK IT OUT, KLEINFreshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) smacked her team-leading sixth home run of the season in last Sunday's second game against Florida State. The blast came off All-American pitcher Jess van der Linden, who has only allowed three home runs this season.
Two out of Maryland's three hits against Florida State came off Klein's bat.