May 2, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terps (29-23, 6-11 ACC) hit the road on Wednesday to wrap up non-conference play in a doubleheader against the University of Delaware. The Terrapins will face the Fightin' Blue Hens (31-19, 8-9 CAA) at Delaware Field at 2 p.m.
Maryland will then close out the regular season in College Park against Florida State for a three-game series (May 6-7). Game times are 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a 1:00 p.m. contest on Sunday. Maryland will also be celebrating Senior Day on Sunday. Captain Nikki Smith, Rachel Greyson and Crystal Crews will be honored.
Noting the Terrapins
Pacing the Terrapins offensively is sophomore Jenny Belak who leads the team with a .355 batting average, hits (61), runs (32) and stolen bases (13). Nikki Smith (.339) has 27 RBI for the squad with six home runs and nine doubles on the year. Smith leads the team with a .624 slugging percentage. Freshman Lindsey Ubrun is registering a .306 average for the team with nine home runs and nine doubles. Collectively, the Terps are hitting .259 and post a .332 on-base percentage.
In the circle, senior Crews holds a 16-10 record for the team with 37 appearances and nine complete games. Crews (1.74 ERA) has tallied 175 strikeouts this season over 164.2 innings pitched. Freshman Meredith Nelles holds a 8-8 record for the team with 117 strikeouts.
Seniors Crews and Smith are expected back in the lineup against Delaware after being sidelined due to injuries for the past ten days. Terp hurlers Abbey Welch, Nelles and Elyse Lucas completed the rotation, while Rachel Greyson and Lindsey Klein served as catcher for the Terps.
Terps vs. Last Week's Opponents
The Terps (29-23, 6-11 ACC) had the weekend off and split their last series, a doubleheader against local rival Towson (Apr.26). Both of the Towson games went into extra innings as Maryland won the opening game, 2-0, then dropped the second, 5-4. In the first contest, the Terps broke an eight-inning scoreless tie as they capitalized on a Tiger throwing error in the ninth that plated pinch-runner Kara Kahler. After Ubrun singled up the middle and stole second, Amanda D'Attilio hit an RBI single that scored Ubrun for 2-0.
In the later matchup, the Terps lost a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning, allowing two runs and three hits for a 4-4 tie. Maryland could not recapture the lead in extra innings, with the Tigers scoring on an errant pitch in the eighth.
Prior to the Towson twinbill, Maryland faced Boston College in a three-game series (Apr. 22-23). The Terps won the opening game, 9-5, and were led by Ubrun who was 6-for-8 with three home runs in the Saturday doubleheader. Six Terrapins had multi-hits, with Keri Lounge contributing three RBI and Whitney Reigel posting her first home run of the season. The Eagles took the next two games in the series with four home runs of their own in the second game, en route to the 8-5 final and capped off the Sunday matchup with a 4-1 win. The Terps were held to three hits in Sunday's game, with Lindsay Klein notching her 16th home run of her career at Shea Field.
The Fightin' Blue Hens (31-19, 8-9 CAA) host the Terrapins after dropping two-of-three conference games last weekend. The Blue Hens won, 2-1, over James Madison on Sunday after dropping a twinbill, 7-3 and 2-1 in Harrisonburg Saturday.
Sophomore Allison Borchers currently leads the Delaware hitters with a .407 average, 36 runs, 70 hits and 34 RBI. Kim Ovittore (.273) holds the second highest batting average, posting the team-high of 38 RBI and 42 hits. In the circle, Lindsay Jones posts a 12-6 record with a 1.68 ERA, while Carolynn Sloat is 18-13 with a 1.98 ERA over 204.2 innings pitched.
Maryland holds a 9-3 series lead over Delaware. The Fightin' Blue Hens are 13-6 at Delaware Field in 2006.
Last season, the Terps split games in a May 4 twinbill with Delaware. Lindsay Klein knocked her fifth home run of her career and four RBI while Nikki Smith, Keri Lounge and Abbey Welch all recorded hits on the day. The Terps dropped the first game, 2-0, as Delaware notched two runs in the seventh inning of game one. In the second matchup, Klein hit a triple to push Maryland ahead 6-1 and she topped off the score with a three-run home run in the third inning. Crystal Crews pitched 5.0 innings and allowed four hits while striking out seven.
Freshman Lindsey Ubrun has homered nine times this year, one home run short of holding sole possession of the top spot on Maryland's all-time record list for home runs in a single season. Ubrun currently is tied with Kiesha Pickeral ('01), Beth Radford ('01) and Kelly Shipman ('99).
Junior Keri Lounge collected her sixth triple of the season and eighth of her career against Towson (Apr. 26), now ranking her as No. 1 for triples recorded in a single-season and career triples at Maryland. Fellow junior Lindsay Klein moved to the sixth spot on Maryland's all-time list for career home runs after belting her 16th career home run in the April 23 matchup against Boston College. With 14 doubles this season,
Klein also holds the No. 3 spot for doubles in a single-season for the Terps. With 32 RBI, the Orange, Calif. native needs one run to break into the top-ten single-season list for runs batted in.
With 175 strikeouts this season, senior Crystal Crews is now No. 5 on Maryland's list for most strikeouts in a single-season. She also has six shutouts in 2006, which puts her in the eighth spot for shutouts in a single-season. Further, Crews is just three innings shy of the No. 10 spot on the Terrapins list for most innings pitched in a single season with five games to play.
Sophomore Jenny Belak advanced to the No. 5 position on Maryland's record list for hits in a single-season (61). Kiesha Pickeral ('99) holds the top spot with 68. With 32 runs to date, Belak needs one run to tie for the tenth spot for runs in a single-season. She also leads the team this season with 13 stolen bases, helping the team to 37 stolen bases overall.