The Terrapins host the Virginia Cavaliers (22-17, 3-8) for a three-game ACC series beginning on Saturday in the Terrapin Softball Complex. The Terps are on an impressive run, with six straight wins and victories in 11 of their last 13 games. Game times against Virginia are on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday.
Noting the Terrapins
Glad to be spending a two week stint on their home turf after nine weeks on the road, the Terrapins have won twelve consecutive games in the Terrapin Softball Complex. The streak marks the second longest in the history of the program in College Park, second only to a 16-game streak from the 1999 squad that extended into 2000 (4/9/99-3/30/00).
The Terps are batting .265 overall with a .403 slugging percentage and hold the No. 1 spot in the ACC in fielding percentage (.973). On offense, sophomore Jenny Belak leads the team in hits (50), runs (26) and a .362 batting average. Five Terrapins are batting higher than .300 including Nikki Smith (.337), who also holds the most home runs for the squad (6), and Lindsay Klein (.325) who has registered the most doubles to date this season (12) and is tied with Nikki Smith for RBI (27). Crystal Crews holds a .400 batting average in three appearances at the plate.
In the pitcher's circle, Crews (15-8) has recorded 9 complete games in 32 appearances with 163 strikeouts. Freshman Meredith Nelles is sixth in the ACC in strikeouts per game (8.68 so/g) and posts a 6-7 record over 75.1 innings pitched.
The Cavaliers come into the Terrapin Softball Complex with a 4-4 record in their last eight games and a 22-17 (3-8 ACC) record overall. After 39 games, the Cavs are hitting .251 with a .372 slugging percentage and are 7-7 in away games. Junior Amy Kean leads the Cavs, holding the most home runs (7) and doubles (6) and a .378 batting average. Shortstop senior Sara Larquier has contributed 24 RBI on the season with a .270 batting average. Providing the most hits on the roster is senior Jessica Taylor with 33 in addition to 14 RBI.
Virginia hurlers average a 2.94 ERA to date with senior Erin Horn (9-7) holding a 1.89 ERA over 25 appearances with 126 strikeouts. Sophomore Karla Wilburn posts a 7-7 record with a 3.75 ERA over 87.2 innings pitched.
Virginia won a doubleheader over James Madison on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Va. with scores of 4-0 and 4-3. Horn pitched a complete game in the first contest and picked up a save in the latter game. Taylor and Elea Crockett each had three hits and an RBI while Horn notched 14 strikeouts in game one, with Taylor adding three RBI in the second contest.
Three new faces run the program for the Cavaliers. Karen Johns is in her first season as head coach, aided by assistants Carie Dever-Boaz and Iyhia McMichael.
Series vs the Cavaliers
The Saturday matchup marks the33rd meeting between the two teams. The Terps have faced the Cavaliers at least once each year since the program's inception in 1995, as Virginia leads the overall series, 8-24.
Last Time Out
In 2005, the Terrapins met the Cavaliers four times starting with a doubleheader on April 9. In the twinbill, the Terps split the games (1-2 and 1-0) as Crews pitched a complete-game shutout for her first ACC victory in game two with five strikeouts.
In the first game of the ACC Championship last year, the Terps fell 5-4 to the Cavs when Larquier drove in the game winning run in the bottom of the seventh. Lounge posted two hits in the game, while Smith and Klein each added one.
First pitch is Saturday at 1 p.m. The game can be followed on Game Tracker.