Feb. 26, 2006
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Terps put up a 6-2 win with home runs by Nikki Smith and Lindsay Klein against Cal State Fullerton, then fell to No. 3 Arizona, 8-1, in action at the Palm Springs Classic on Saturday. The Terps' record stands at 5-5 and they will play their final game of the tournament against University of Illinois at Chicago on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Senior pitcher Crystal Crews started the first game against Cal State for the Terrapins. Maryland sophomore Jenny Belak hit a single up the middle in the first inning, notching her seventh straight hit in a game. Left fielder Meghan Booth hit a sacrifice bunt to first, yet Belak was out at second after a throw. First base starter Lindsay Klein was then hit by Cal State pitcher Brooke Weekley on a 1-2 count. Nikki Smith belted her second home run in the tournament to bring in Booth and Klein for a 3-0 score.
The Terps extended their lead in the fourth inning to five with a two-run fourth inning. Keri Lounge hit a single up the middle, and Natalie Grossman hit a double to the gap in center. With two outs, Abbey Welch walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring up lead-off hitter Belak. Belak hit a single to left, scoring Lounge and Grossman. Fullerton fought back in the fifth and got on base after a Maryland error. Maryland head coach Laura Watten brought in freshman pitcher Meredith Nelles to the mound. Perez hit a grounder to shortstop Wendy Reigel who threw to first for the out. Weekley hit a single to center field which scored Weatherfield for a 5-1 game.
With one out in the fifth, Lindsay Klein blasted her first home run of the year to left field to go up 6-1. It was the twelth home run of her career.
Welch was brought in during the sixth inning for the Terrapins and the game was scoreless in the sixth.
At the top of the seventh with one out, Titans' right fielder Molly Perez hit a single to the shortstop and quickly got on first. Amanda Kamekona hit a triple to left center and scored Perez. Maryland pitcher Crews was brought back in on the mound with one out. The Terps closed out with a double play after Lounge caught a line drive to mid-field then threw to Smith at home to catch Perez on base for the final out to win 6-2.
Crystal Crews (W, 5-0) pitched 4.2 innings, allowing one earned run and one hit while striking out six.
The Arizona Wildcats overpowered the Terrapins 8-1 today in the fifth game of the Palm Springs Classic. Arizona had 11 hits on the day, while the Terps were held to two.
Arizona's second player in the lineup, Autumn Champion, walked in her first at-bat. Champion stole second when Chelsie Mesa was at the plate and moved all the way to home after an error by Maryland for the first run of the game. The run was unearned.
Strong defense by the Wildcats and six strikeouts by pitcher Taryne Mowatt prevented the Terps from getting a hit in the first three innings.
The Wildcats broke the game open in the fourth inning. Arizona's Callista Balko walked to first base after a 3-2 count. The Terps then brought in freshman Meredith Nelles at pitcher. First base player Sam Banister bunted to Lindsay Klein for the out and Balko advanced to second. Right-fielder Laine Roth hit a home run over the center field fence for a 4-1 Arizona lead. Adrienne Acton singled to left mid-field and Whitney Reigel could not convert the out at first. Then, lead off hitter Caitllyn Lowe hit a grounder that followed the left field line for a double, scoring Acton. Autumn Champion hit a single. Mesa followed with a single to shortstop Reigel and reached first on a fielder's choice while Lowe advanced to third and Champion stole second. Reigel looked and threw to Smith to get Lowe out at home as Champion reached third as the play at home was taking place.
Pinch runner Malina went in for Mesa. Fox hit a line drive up the middle, Malina advanced to second, which scored Champion. Lelles struck out for the third out, leaving the Terps behind 6-1. Maryland got on the board in the botton of the fourth with Lindsay Klein's solo home run to right field.
Arizona scored two more runs in the sixth inning. Mesa singled and Fox hit a home run to left-center field for an 8-1 final. The Wildcats improved to 15-0 while the Terps stand at 5-5. The final game of the tournament is on Sunday against the University of Illinois at Chicago at 12:00 p.m. EST.