March 26, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terrapin softball team split games at North Carolina on Sunday, bouncing back to defeat the Tar Heels, 4-3, in game one then dropping a 6-1 decision in game two. The Terps drop to 14-15 (1-5 ACC) on the year, while the Tar Heels improve to 28-10 (4-2 ACC).
In game one, Rachel Greyson reached first base on a single up the middle at the top of the third inning. Terp junior Abbey Welch followed with a well-placed bunt, getting on first and advancing Greyson to second base. The next batter, Jenny Belak, hit a sacrifice fly, moving Welch to second and Greyson to third. Lounge was walked to fill the bases. With one out, Klein hit a double to left center scoring Welch and Greyson for a 2-0 score and two RBI. Senior catcher Smith hit a fly ball to center field for the second out also bringing home Lounge to give the Terps a 3-0 lead.
North Carolina responded in its half of the third inning, as Joslin Higgins walked on base. Higgins moved to third after Whitney Gelin and Cassie Palmer were out at their at-bats, when Ashley Oxendine's triple to left field brought her home. Casey Testa followed with a single to right center field which scored Oxendine for a 3-2 score. Welch came in to pitch for the Terrapins. Jennifer Jacobs advanced on base on a fielder's choice, but Lounge fielded a play to end the inning, holding the 3-2 lead for the Terps.
Maryland had another scoring opportunity following a fifth-inning single by Belak and a walk at Klein's at-bat, but the Terps did not add any runs to their slim lead.
The Tar Heels tied the score in the sixth inning when pinch runner Theresa Nicholas came in for Testa after her single to right field. Nicholas scored on a passed ball to go 3-3 to bring the Terps back to the plate.
The Terrapins had the bases loaded in the seventh after Welch hit a single up the middle and Lounge and Klein were walked. With two outs, freshman third base player Lindsey Ubrun hit a single up the left side to bring Welch home for the RBI and the 4-3 Terrapin lead. Three ground outs ended the inning for UNC as the Terps finished with the 4-3 win.
The Terps held a lead for a short while in the second game before North Carolina's late stage comeback thwarted the Maryland lead.
Lindsey Ubrun got the Terps going with a third-inning double, her eighth of the year, to bring home Klein who was hit by a pitch. The next Terrapin grounded out to end the inning with a 1-0 lead for the Terps.
The Tar Heels started their rally in the fourth inning when Francona's home run to left field brought home Evans for the 2-1 lead. Palmer followed in the sixth inning with a home run to extend the North Carolina lead to 3-1.
Whitney Reigel hit a double to left field in the top of the sixth and moved to third base on a wild pitch. The next batter struck out as the Terps left Reigel on base.
The Tar Heels added three insurance runs in the sixth inning. Norris was walked and Higgins was hit by a pitch to get on base while both advanced bases on a wild pitch. Breanna Brown hit a triple to bring home both Norris and Higgins. Brown would score on a wild pitch for a 6-1 lead. Belak hit a single to center field in the seventh to spark the Terps in the seventh inning. With two outs, Smith advanced on a fielder's choice, yet Evans fielded the ball to get Belak out at second to finish the game 6-1.
Crews (9-6) allowed three hits and struck out three in the loss, while Crystal Cox pitched a complete game for the Tar Heels improving her record to 13-5.