March 3, 2006
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior Lindsay Klein's two-run home run in extra innings gave the Terps their first win in the Sunshine State Tournament Friday at Joanne Graf Field in Tallahassee. Maryland won 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth over Western Michigan. The Terps fell in the afternoon game, 6-0, to Michigan and ended the day 7-6 on the season.
The Terps had five hits, five runs and one error in the game against Western Michigan. Crystal Crews pitched 7-2/3 innings for the win to go 5-1.
Western Michigan responded in the third inning when shortstop Danielle Daughtry scored on Kristi Strange's double to left field. The Broncos added two more runs in the top of the fourth with Nina Ojala scored on Connie Kolokithas's single to center field. Mandi Sayres followed with a run on a Maryland error to take a 3-2 lead. The Terps' Abbey Welch scored for a 3-3 tie in the fourth.
The game remained tied at 3-3 through the ninth inning until Bronco Tricia VanDer Slik's double brought in Nina Ojala for a 4-3 lead.
The Terrapins could not carry over the momentum from the first game as they fell 6-0 in the afternoon game against the defending national champion and No. 8 Michigan. Maryland stands at 7-6 on the season while Michigan improved to 9-4.
Michigan shot out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning after Tiffany Haas' solo home run to center field and a two-run homer by Samantha Findlay. The Wolverines added two runs in the third when Teddi Ewing's double to left center scored Samantha Findlay and Becky Marx to increase the lead to 5-0.
Maryland will face host Florida State (9-6) Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be followed on GameTracker.