April 15, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team dropped two games to the Virginia Cavaliers today at the Terrapin Softball Complex, snapping its six game winning streak. The Terps stand at 25-17 (4-9 ACC) while the Cavaliers improve to 24-17 (5-8 ACC).
The Terps had eight hits in the day, with Abbey Welch recording her first triple and Nikki Smith posting a double. Crews took the loss in the first matchup to go 15-9 allowing two runs in 6.0 innings, while Welch takes the loss in the second game to drop to 2-3.
The first four innings were scoreless for both teams when Virginia's Megan O'Leary hit an infield single in the fifth. With one out, Jessica Taylor hit an RBI double that plated O'Leary for the first run. Crews struck out the next batter. On the next play, pitcher Erin Horn reached first on a Terrapin throwing error which brought Taylor home to go up 2-0.
The Terps countered in the fifth inning when freshman Devon Williams hit a double with two outs. Welch belted a shot to center field for the RBI triple bringing home Williams closing the gap to 2-1. The Terps had one more hit in the sixth inning, but would not capture the lead and fell, 2-1.
In the second game, the Cavaliers quickly got in scoring position when Taylor was hit by a pitch and Larquier advanced on a passed ball. Taylor scored on a Terrapin error. Batting cleanup, Horn singled to centerfield for Virginia. Meredith Nelles came in to pitch for the Terps. After the next batter walked, Salmiery's ground out scored Larquier for the RBI and a 2-0 lead.
The Terps got their sole run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Welch reached base on an error and Belak drew the walk. Lindsey Klein hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Welch. The next Terp popped up for the third out and to end the inning, 2-1.
Taylor hit a double to center field at the top of the fifth and the next two batters were out on a pop-up and a fly ball. Lindsey Preuss hit a triple that just caught the right field base line, plating Taylor for the RBI. Brooke Sorber's single to left brought in Preuss to increase the lead for good at 4-1.
The Terrapins play their final game of the series on Sunday at 1 p.m. The game can be followed on Game Tracker. Admission and parking are free.