May 7, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapins offense fell short in their last game of the season today, as they dropped the final contest of the three-game series to the Seminoles, 8-4. Maryland finishes the regular season sixth in the ACC at 32-25 (7-13 ACC) as Florida State improves to 38-25, (10-10 ACC) before heading to the ACC Tournament next week in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Senior Crystal Crews takes the loss to close out the regular season 18-11. The Terps, who started off winning 12 straight at home and came into the Florida State series with a 14-3 record in the Terrapin Softball Complex, finish the season 15-5 in College Park.
Maryland scored once in the fourth inning to bring the game within one, but was not able to gain the lead, managing three runs the rest of the afternoon. Maryland had four runs with four hits today, capitalizing on three walks and a Seminole error, yet Florida State's 11 hits proved too much for the Terps.
Florida State held a slight lead early as it scored a run in the first and third innings. Batting cleanup for the Seminoles, Veronica Wootson hit a sacrifice fly that plated Buckmon, who had reached on a fielder's choice, for the 1-0 lead in the first. In the third inning, LaShaun Davis hit an infield single. With one out and two Seminole players on base, Abbey Welch was called up for the Terps. Alicart hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Davis for 2-0, with Wootson grounding out to close the inning.
With the Seminoles ahead by just two runs in three and a half innings, the Terps stayed in the game, getting the needed spark from third base freshman Ubrun, who doubled to center field. In the next at-bat, Smith hit a two-out blast off Tiffany McDonald that bounced high off the center field fence padding back into the field, scoring Ubrun but robbing the Terps of the tying run and inciting the crowd to chant "home run." Maryland's next batter struck out, leaving the Terps down 2-1.
Florida State took advantage of the Terps missed opportunity in the fourth, gained momentum and scored five runs in the next at-bat. The Seminoles put three runners on base with two infield singles and a single down the line, but Welch struck out the designated player Buckmon. Alicart hit an RBI single that scored Brieske, and Crews was brought back in for the Terps. Wood hit a double to right field that spun left and behind Amanda D'Attilio, that allowed three Seminoles to cross home plate. Osmon followed with an RBI double that scored Wood for a 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Terps answered as Jenny Belak singled and Welch drew a walk. With runners on first and second, Terp second base starter Keri Lounge smashed a three-run home run to center field, bringing the Terps back in the ball-game for 7-4.
The Terps were not able to score again, with the Seminoles adding one insurance in the sixth, with the Terps dropping the game, 8-4.
As the seventh seed in the ACC Tournament this week in Chapel Hill, N.C., Maryland will play the No. 2 seed, North Carolina, on Thursday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m.