April 1, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Maryland women's softball team split its doubleheader today with the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 4-1 and 1-0, at the Walnut Creek Softball Complex in Raleigh, N.C. The Terps stand at 18-16 (2-6 ACC) while the Wolfpack finish the day 31-13 (5-3 ACC).
Maryland had nine hits in the doubleheader, no errors and was held to two RBI. Lindsay Klein had her fourth home run of the year, to move her to fifth on Maryland's all-time career list with 15, while Nikki Smith belted a home run in the second outing for her fourth of the year.
"We had great pitching today," said head coach Laura Watten. "It was good to pull the second game out. We had a lot of opportunities to score and we need to be more consistent overall."
Crystal Crews had 11 strikeouts on the day in 8.4 innings pitched, taking a win and a loss to go 12-7 on the year. In her 19th start of the season, Crews had three strikeouts and allowed four runs in the first game. Abbey Welch relieved Crews with two outs in the fourth inning. Welch finished with three strikeouts and allowed just one hit in 2.1 innings of work.
The Terps had no errors and two hits in the first three innings of the first game, but the Wolfpack got on the scoreboard first in the fourth inning and held the score to the end. Tess Corona and Shanna Smith led the inning with singles. Keri Lounge dove cross-handed to catch Jennifer Chamberlin's sacrifice fly which scored Corona for the first run of the game. Pitcher Abbie Sims hit a home run to left field to cushion the lead to 3-0 for the Wolfpack. NC State added one more run when Megan Dalthorp had an RBI double to bring home Shaina Ervin.
The Terrapins had two runners in position in the sixth inning when Rachel Greyson hit a single up the middle and Jenny Belak hit an infield single, yet the next two Terp batters were out on an infield drive and a fly. The sole Terp run came in the seventh inning on Klein's home run to left field to get on the board.
In the second game, the Terrapins were fluid defensively staving off runs from bases loaded by the Wolfpack twice in the game. First, in the fourth inning, Sims and Dalthorp hit singles to the outfield to get on base. Crews came in to relieve Nelles. With two outs, Lisa Nentwig got on base on a fielder's choice, yet Crews retired the next batter on swings to close the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Terps were in the same position as Dalthorp's double and two walked batters loaded the bases again for the Wolfpack. With two outs and a 3-2 count, Smith hit a pop up infield that was caught by Lounge to push the game into extra innings.
Leading off the Terrapins in the ninth, senior Nikki Smith crushed a ball to center field to give Maryland the 1-0 lead. Abbey Welch then walked on base after two Terrapin outs, yet the next Terp batter flied out to left field.
With the Wolfpack up to try and even the score, Crews handled the next two batters striking out Dalthorp and catching a line drive hit by NC State's Lisa Nentwig. Whitney Reigel then caught Miranda Ervin's pop up to the infield for the third out, sealing the 1-0 victory for the Terps. Maryland (19-16, 2-5 ACC) returns to the Walnut Creek Softball Complex for the final game of the series against NC State on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The game can be followed on Game Tracker.