March 29, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland hurlers Crystal Crews and Meredith Nelles were masterful for the second straight day, shutting out local rival Mount St. Mary's (15-14, 0-0 NEC) in both ends of a doubleheader, 2-0 and 8-0. The Terps (18-15, 1-5 ACC) have blanked their opponents in three of their last four games.
"Our pitching and defense were strong this week," said head coach Laura Watten. "Our goal is to carry that through this weekend and maintain that level of play on a consistent basis."
Crystal Crews (10-6), who allowed just two doubles and one walk in the first game, had 13 strikeouts. Meredith Nelles had 11 K's and no walks in the second outing. The Terps tallied eight hits and no errors on the day and were led by Keri Lounge with three RBI and three hits. Freshman right fielder Amanda D'Attilio notched two triples in the doubleheader.
The first five innings of the first game were a dual of strong pitching and defense for the Terps and the Mountaineers. Of Crews' 13 strikeouts in the game, 10 were on swings. Mountaineer pitcher Maria Lutz had three strikeouts in the first four innings and did not walk a single Terrapin batter.
The Mountaineers got on base first at the top of the fifth inning when Lutz hit a double to center field. Tina Donovan was out in the next at-bat on a bunt foul, followed by Monsour's fly ball to left field and Burk's grounder infield for the third out. Crews' sole walk of the day, Sarah Ramsburg, stole second at the top of the sixth, but she retired the next three batters to close out the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, D'Attilio got on base on a shortstop error and Abbey Welch followed with a bunt. Keri Lounge belted a triple to left field, her fourth of the year, scoring D'Attilio and Welch for the RBI and a 2-0 lead.
Mount St. Mary's final opportunity to score came at the top of the seventh with one out when Lutz hit her second double of the day along the left field line. The next two Mountaineer batters hit fly balls and the Terps went on to win with the 2-0 final score.
The Terps would waste no time in the second game and jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Lounge hit a single but advanced to third on a throwing error by the right fielder. Klein's RBI double to deep center field scored Lounge, then Klein crossed home plate on Reigel's single. Greyson advanced on base after being hit by a pitch. D'Attilio smacked a triple to right center field scoring Reigel and Greyson for two RBI and a 4-0 lead.
Maryland added two runs in the third inning. Smith walked on and, with two outs, D'Attilio hit her second triple to right field to bring her home. Meghan Booth's double just followed the left field line scoring D'Attilio. The Mountaineers then brought in relief Jamie Fowler who struck out the next Terrapin batter to close the inning with the Terps ahead, 6-0.
Pinch runner Medley McGuire scored the seventh Terp run in the fifth inning on D'Attilio's sacrifice fly to right field. In the sixth, Lounge crossed home plate for the eighth and final run when two Mountaineer errors advanced Lounge home after an infield hit. The game ended in six innings on a mercy rule with an 8-0 final score.
Maryland returns to ACC action this weekend (Apr. 1-2) for a three-game series against NC State (30-12). Game one of the doubleheader will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday.