March 2, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team travels to Florida State University this weekend for its third tournament in the early season. The Terps hold a 6-5 record going into the Florida State Invitational and will square off against Western Michigan, No. 8 Michigan and Florida State in pool play. The first game is slated for Friday against Western Michigan at 11:00 a.m.
The Terps are coming off a 3-3 weekend in the Palm Springs Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. Maryland faced six teams including No. 1 Arizona, No. 6 Stanford, Texas Tech, and had victories over Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly and the University of Illinois, Chicago.
After 11 games, the Terrapins are batting .245 and are led by left-handed hitter Jenny Belak with a .385 batting average. Belak has 15 hits, two doubles and three stolen bases.
In the pitcher's circle, senior Crystal Crews leads for the Terps with a 2.01 ERA and a 4-1 record. Crews has 51 strikeouts over 44.2 innings pitched.
Senior catcher Nikki Smith posts a .345 batting average for the Terrapins and holds the team-high of nine RBI and three home runs. Freshman standout Lindsey Ubrun has ten hits for the team, adding three doubles and four RBI over 32 at-bats.
Friday's matchup between Maryland and Western Michigan will be the first contest between the two teams. Western Michigan is 4-3 this season and split a doubleheader last weekend with Stetson University in DeLand, Fla. Left-fielder Kristi Strange holds the team-high of 11-for-21 hits for a .524 batting average.
Following the Western Michigan game, the Terps will face their fourth top 25 opponent of the season with a 1:30 p.m. matchup against the defending national champion and No. 8 Michigan on Friday. Michigan senior Jennie Ritter holds a 4-1 record on the mound this season for the Wolverines. Sophomore Alessandra Giampaolo's .429 batting average tops the team, while the squad is hitting .279 for a 7-4 record to date this season.
Maryland holds a 0-2 overall record against the Wolverines with the Terps falling, 0-6, in the last meeting in 2004.
The Terrapins will face the Seminoles in the third game of the tournament on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Florida State topped Florida A&M, 5-2, on Tuesday improving its season record to 9-5. Sophomore right-hander Tiffany McDonald is 7-2 on the mound for the Seminoles.
Last season, Maryland's 7-2 win over the Seminoles marked the first victory against FSU since 1999, improving its overall record to 5-27 against Florida State.
All games can be followed on Game Tracker.