Terp Softball Set For Saturday Matchup Against NC State

April 1, 2006


  • The University of Maryland softball team continues ACC play this weekend in a three-game series with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. The Terps (18-15, 1-5 ACC) will face off against the Wolfpack (30-12, 4-2 ACC) first on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., then on Sunday at 1 p.m.

  • The Terrapins (18-15, 1-5 ACC) are coming off four consecutive wins, with victories in five of their last six games. Maryland swept a doubleheader from Brown (8-0 in 6 innings and 4-1) on March 28. The Terps were led by Lindsay Klein with five RBI, five hits and two runs on the day. Lindsey Ubrun had three RBI and a home run. Jenny Belak and Keri Lounge had three hits apiece in the twinbill.

  • After 33 games, Maryland is hitting .264 with a .336 on-base percentage. Six Terrapins are hitting better than their 2005 season averages. On defense, the Terps are tops in the ACC with a .971 fielding percentage, ahead of NC State at No. 2 and North Carolina in third position.

  • Rightfielder Belak leads the team with a .398 batting average, eight stolen bases and a .435 on-base percentage. Klein (.316) and Nikki Smith (.312) are two other key players behind the plate as Klein holds the most RBI (22), while Smith posts the team-high slugging percentage (.558).

  • In the pitcher's circle, senior Crystal Crews and freshman Meredith Nelles lead for Maryland. Crews is 11-6, with 122 strikeouts over 109.1 innings pitched. Nelles holds a 2.73 ERA over 71.2 innings and a 6-7 record.

    Scouting the Wolfpack

  • NC State (30-12, 4-2 ACC) is currently tied with Virginia Tech and North Carolina for second place in the ACC. The Wolfpack took a doubleheader this week from Kent State, 2-0 and 5-0. Shaina Ervin and Abbie Sims paired up on the day, as Ervin had a one-hit shutout had nine strikeouts in the first game. Sims struck out 13 in the second outing.

  • Prior to the doubleheader with Kent State, the Wolfpack dropped two of a three-game series with the Virginia Tech Hokies.

  • Collectively, the Wolfpack is hitting .235 and is led by junior Heather Gelbard with a .311 batting average, six home runs and a team-high of 42 hits. Miranda Ervin holds the team-high of 29 RBI and a .556 slugging percentage. Sophomore Shana Smith has recorded the most runs for the team (33), a .281 batting average and 32 hits over 42 games. She is one of three players that has played all 42 games this season.

  • In the circle for the Wolfpack, Abbie Sims has the most appearances for the Wolfpack (24). Sims holds a 15-7 record, 179 strikeouts over 140.2 innings pitched for a 1.84 ERA. Shaina Ervin posts a 1.16 ERA and a 9-2 record in 16 appearances. Megan Dalthorp has helped in as relief and has pitched 70.1 for a 6-2 record.

  • Through six ACC games, NC State's Jennifer Chamberlain leads the team in hits (8) and home runs (4).

    Series Notes - Terps vs. Wolfpack

  • Saturday's game will mark just the fifth meeting between the Terrapins and the Wolfpack. Maryland leads the all-time series, 3-1.

  • Last year's game, which advanced the Terps to the semi-final round of the 2005 ACC Championship in College Park, MD., was an eight-inning nail-biter. Former Terrapin outfielder Crystal Tweedy hit an RBI single to bring Natalie Grossman home in the eighth for the 3-2 win. Crews served as relief pitcher and allowed no runs on two hits and three strikeouts in 3.1 innings pitched.

    First pitch at the Walnut Creek Complex is at 1 p.m. today.