March 11, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. - Maryland softball won both of its games today defeating Norfolk State, 8-0, and Cornell, 8-0, in the second day of the Mason-Dixon Classic. The win marks a tournament sweep for the Terrapins (11-8), notching four straight victories for the squad, as Maryland overtook George Mason 6-3 and James Madison 1-0 in action on Friday.
In the opening game of the day, Jenny Belak hit her third triple of the tournament and Meredith Nelles struck out five to earn her third victory of the season. The day's second game saw and Crystal Crews strike out seven for her seventh win of the year.
Maryland shortstop Whitney Reigel was walked at the top of the third inning and advanced after Meghan Booth hit a sacrifice bunt. Belak opened things up for the Terrapins with a hard single up the third base line. Devon Williams' single to left field followed, scoring Reigel. Lindsay Klein hit a single to left field to load the bases. With Belak, Williams and Klein on base, junior Keri Lounge hit a rocket to deep left field for a three-run double for 4-0.
In the fourth, the Terps added a trio of runs as Rachel Greyson led off with a triple to deep right field, her first of the year. Belak then advanced to first after an error, bringing Greyson around to score. After Belak stole second and third, she made it across the plate on a wild pitch. Lindsey Ubrun's single to center field single brought home Devon Williams, who was walked, for 7-0.
Keri Lounge hit another triple to right field, and advanced home on an error by Norfolk State for an 8-0 score to end the game in five innings.
The Terps hot bat continued in the second game against the Big Red of Cornell, as leadoff hitter Belak hit a single to right field at the top of the first. After Lounge and Klein walked to load the bases, Abbey Welch hit a three-run double to center field for a 3-0 lead. Greyson followed with a single up the left field line, scoring Welch.
The Terps would score one run in the second when Belak crossed the plate on Ubrun's line drive. Maryland increased the lead by two runs in the fifth inning when Greyson doubled home Ubrun and Klein for 7-0. In the seventh inning, Ubrun smacked a ball to left center field. Klein and Welch both followed with singles to load the bases. With a 2-1 count, Greyson was hit by a pitch to advance Ubrun and give the Terps their final run for an 8-0 final.
The Terrapins play their next doubleheader on Wednesday, March 15 against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va.