Feb. 25, 2006
PALM SPRINGS, Ca. - The Maryland Terrapins split their doubleheader today in contests against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Stanford in the second day of the Palm Springs (Calif.) Classic. The Terrapins took the first game against Cal Poly, 2-1, and lost their matchup later in the day to No. 6 Stanford, 8-5. Maryland holds a 4-4 record going into Saturday's play.
"I think we had a good day," said coach Laura Watten. "We had one rough inning, but we rebounded and fought back. The team has a lot to be proud of; they have shown growth and improvement."
Maryland had six hits in the first game including a home run from senior catcher Nikki Smith and a double by sophomore left fielder Meghan Booth. Lindsey Ubrun, Jenny Belak and Amanda D'Attilio all had hits in the game.
Cal Poly's Lisa Modglin got on base in the first inning with a single to right field. She later advanced to second and then scored on a double by CF Sarah Iwata. That would be all the Mustangs would muster on the day.
Maryland responded at the top of the second when freshman Lindsey Ubrun singled to right center. Booth then ripped a double to left which brought in Ubrun to tie the game at 1-1.
The game remained scoreless until Nikki Smith hit her second home run of the year, a solo shot in the top of the fourth. The Terps held on for the 2-1 win.
Senior Crystal Crews pitched her first complete game of the season, posting 13 strikeouts. She now stands 4-0 on the young season.
Maryland's contest against No. 6 Stanford saw the Terps eventually fall, but put up a strong fight in defeat.
Cardinal third basemen Maddy Coon had the first single in the game. Michelle Smith, next at bat for the Cardinal, doubled to right center, driving in Coon for an early 1-0 lead.
Ubrun responded for the Terps in the second with a triple to right field, her second of the year.
The Terps defense was on display when, in the fourth inning at 3-1 with the bases loaded, Nikki Smith caught a pop fly for the third out, keeping the score close at 3-1.
The Cardinal revved things up in the sixth inning. Lindsey Key got on base after a hit to center field. After the Terps recorded two outs, Lappin then singled up the middle before Coon homered, scoring both. Stanford added three more runs for an 8-1 lead.
In the seventh, Rachel Greyson pinch hit for a single with Amanda D'Attilio on her heels who also grounded for a single. The runners advanced on a wild pitch. Reigel doubled down the left field line, scoring Greyson and D'Attilio to go 8-3. Jenny Belak's single up the middle advanced Reigel. Klein hit her first double of the season to bring home Belak and Reigel, cutting the score to 8-5. The Terps inched further when Nikki Smith singled and Klein moved to third brining the tying run to the plate. But with two out Ubrun was called out on strikes, ending the Terrapin threat.
Maryland faces Cal State Fullerton and No. 3 Arizona on Sunday for a doubleheader. The first contest against Cal State Fullerton is at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The game against Arizona is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. EST.