The Maryland Terrapins (14-15) look to get back in the win column on Tuesday as they take on the Brown Bears (8-10) in a doubleheader at 2 p.m. The game marks the midway point of the season for the Terps as they prepare for three doubleheaders in five days.
The The Terrapins come into the matchup with the Bears after dropping two games of a three-game series against the No. 24 Tar Heels last weekend in Chapel Hill, N.C. Maryland out-hit North Carolina, 17-16, and only had two errors over the three games. Four Terrapins had multi-hit games in the series with Lindsay Klein hitting .636 for the week
Rightfielder Jenny Belak posts the team-high of a .400 batting average with eight of the Terrapins' 20 stolen bases, surpassing her season total of seven stolen bases in 2005. Nikki Smith and Lindsey Ubrun are two other key players behind the plate batting .313 and .307, respectively, helping the team to a .263 average. Smith holds the team-high of a.582 slugging percentage while Ubrun is hitting .307 and has eight doubles on the year, the most for the Terps.
Pitchers Crystal Crews and Meredith Nelles lead in the circle for Maryland. Crews is 9-6 on the season and holds a 2.25 ERA. She has 98 strikeouts over 96.1 innings pitched. Nelles holds a 3.22 ERA over 58.2 IP.
The Terps and Bears have met only once before, on March 21, 2004, when the Terrapins fell 3-1 in the Terrapin Invitational in College Park. Both Lounge and Klein had hits in the game as Klein's single knocked in the Terps' run with an RBI single.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Brown comes into Tuesday's matchup after winning the Fourth Annual UMBC Spring Classic going 4-for-6 in the Baltimore, Md. tournament. The Bears won the final game over Niagara, 7-3, notching 16 hits in the game. The Bears are 8-10 overall and have not begun conference play this season.
The Bears' dominant offensive player is Mary Seid, who is batting .475 with 11 RBI and holds the team-high of 13 hits this year. Brown also has Kelsey Wilson hitting .351 and Kaitlyn Laabs with a .324 batting average, helping the team to a .266 overall average.
On the hill for the Bears is Heather Garrison with a 4.82 ERA, 28 strikeouts and the team-best five wins in 10 appearances. Michelle Moses holds a 3.64 ERA for Brown over 40.2 innings pitched.