Feb. 24, 2006
PALM DESERT, Ca. - The University of Maryland softball team fell in its first contest at the Palm Springs Invitational Thursday, losing 3-0 to Texas Tech. The Terrapins stand at 3-3 going into Friday's matchups, as Texas Tech improves to 4-8.
The Terps were able to muster three hits in the game but could not string them together enough to push home a run. Among the highlights were sophomore right fielder Jenny Belak pushing her current hitting streak to five while Crystal Crews had five strikeouts in a relief effort.
Belak's first of two hits in the game came in the first inning as she lined one up the middle for a single. Junior Keri Lounge followed up with a sacrifice bunt to advance Belak, but the Terps were unable to push Belak home as Texas Tech's Montana Patin closed the inning with a strikeout.
Freshman Meredith Nelles started for the Terps and lasted three innings before giving way to Crews. Tech's Ashley Parker helped the Red Raiders get on the board first as she singled up the middle in the first, advanced on a walk and a passed ball and then was driven in on a Patin double to left which just cleared Terp left fielder Meghan Booth. The play also scored Elizabeth Eimen who had walked and advanced to second on the passed ball. The Terps avoided further damage on the ensuing at bat as Belak took a Jennifer Bowers single in right and cut off Patin at the plate for out number three with Nikki Smith doing a nice job of blocking the plate.
In the second, freshman third baseman Lindsey Ubrun took the first pitch up the middle for a single but the Terps were unable to capitalize.
Crews took the hill in the fourth inning and found herself in trouble, but forced a fly out to left, ultimately stranding three Red Raiders.
Belak's second hit of the day was the only base knock in the final three innings off of Tech's Erin Crawford who went the distance, finishing with five strikeouts. Nelles takes the loss to drop to 0-3 on the season.
Maryland faces Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Stanford on Friday. The first contest against Cal Poly is at 3:30 p.m. (EST).