March 26, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - In the first of a three-game series at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., the University of Maryland softball team dropped a 5-0 game to host North Carolina Saturday afternoon. The Terps got hits from Lindsay Klein and Lindsey Ubrun and went to 13-14, 0-4 in the ACC.
The Tar Heels (27-9, 3-1 ACC) took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on home runs by second base starter Cassie Palmer's hit to right center field and Casey Testa's shot to left center.
The teams remained scoreless in the next two innings. The Terps would get their best scoring opportunity in the fourth inning. Klein got the first Terrapin hit of the day, a single up the left field line in the fourth inning, followed by Ubrun's single to left field. Amanda D'Attilio was hit by a pitch to fill the bases, but the Terrapins stranded both runners.
North Carolina would respond in the bottom of the fourth inning with four hits and three runs. Anna Evans hit a single up the middle and stole second. With two outs, Lisa Norris doubled to right center to bring Evans home for 3-0. The next batter, Alyssa Francona, was hit by a pitch. Theresa Nicholas singled up the middle, moving Norris to third and Francona to second to fill the bases. Palmer hit a single, scoring both Francona and Norris and two RBI for 5-0.
Meredith Nelles, who started in the circle for Maryland, struck out three batters and allowed two hits and two earned runs. She went to 4-7 on the season, while Tar Heel pitcher Crystal Cox improved to 12-5 and struck out six in the shutout.
Maryland is back in action on Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.