April 16, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Lindsay Klein's single up the middle lifted the Terps to a 1-0 victory over Virginia in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Maryland its second walk-off win of the season. The Terps improve to 26-19 (5-9 ACC) while the Cavaliers stand at 24-18 (5-9 ACC).
Strong defensive play by the Terps helped overcome five Cavalier hits while Maryland was held to two. Virginia pitchers Erin Horn and Coty Tolar combined for two-hits and six walks in the game. Crystal Crews allowed three hits in 3.2 innings of work for the win to go 16-9 on the year, while Elyse Lucas held the Cavaliers to two hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Klein and junior Abbey Welch posted the two hits for Maryland.
Neither team scored in the first six innings with the Maryland fielders holding the hot hand. The Terps fended off Virginia in the first inning leaving two players on base. In the third inning, Whitney Reigel made a running catch backward to rob All-American Sarah Larquier of a single.
In the top of the sixth with two Cavaliers on base and two outs, Devon Williams adeptly handled a fly ball near the Terrapin dugout to bring up the Terps. With two outs, Welch, who had walked on in her two previous at-bats, hit a single and was followed by Amanda D'Attilio who walked on. The next Terrapin batter's fly ball was caught to move the 0-0 game to the seventh inning.
Brooke Sorber led off the seventh with a double to center field. Megan O'Leary's sacrifice bunt moved Sorber to third base. Keri Lounge caught the next fly ball for the second out. Lead-off hitter Elea Crockett's shot to center field was caught by Welch who made a stunning, diving catch to salvage the inning for the Terps.
The first two Maryland batters were out on a ground out to first base and strikes in the bottom of the seventh. Both Jenny Belak and Lounge advanced on base after Virginia errors, with Belak moving to third on a wild pitch and Lounge stealing second. Klein, who had walked, flied out, and grounded out in her previous attempts, belted a line drive up the middle for the RBI and the game-winning run for a final score of 1-0.
The Terrapins play their final mid-week doubleheader at home on Wednesday, April 19 at 1 p.m. against George Washington. The game can be followed on Game Tracker. Admission and parking are free.