April 5, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team won both games of a doubleheader against Delaware State at the Terrapin Softball Complex Wednesday night, 10-1 and 6-5. Keri Lounge posted the team-high of four RBI, three hits and recorded her third double of the year. The Terps (21-17, 2-7 ACC) closed out the first game in five innings over the Hornets (15-15, 4-0 MEAC).
The Terrapins had 18 hits in the doubleheader, with four Terps registering multi-hit games. Three Maryland freshmen displayed potent offense in the doubleheader. Third base freshman starter Lindsey Ubrun had her third home run of the year, while right fielder Amanda D'Attilio had two doubles and Devon Williams smacked a triple in the second game.
"We hit well and played solid defense," said head coach Laura Watten. "We need to fine tune some things and continue to get better. It's important to stay consistent going into the weekend."
The Terps jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning with five Terrapins registering hits. Ubrun and Smith hit infield singles to get on base, while Klein was walked on to fill the bases. Whitney Reigel's single to the short stop was misplayed, forcing an error and allowing Ubrun and Klein to cross home plate. Smith made the third score of the inning with Williams' RBI single to center field. A double to center field by D'Attilio gave Maryland another run bringing home Reigel for the 4-0 lead.
Maryland doubled the score in the second inning on a three-run home run by Ubrun. Abbey Welch was walked on base and Belak made it to first on an error by the pitcher. Welch scored on Keri Lounge' bunt, which also advanced Belak to third base. Ubrun then belted the homer to left field, her third of the year, for 8-0 and three RBI.
The Terps increased the lead to 10-0 after D'Attilio notched an unearned run after a Hornet error and Welch scored on Lounge's sacrifice fly to center field.
The Hornets had one run on the day, at the top of the fourth inning, when Catrina Ansbach hit a home run to right center field. The Hornets would not narrow the gap as the Terps closed out the next inning to end the game, 10-1, on a mercy rule.
In the second game, the Hornets got on the scoreboard quickly registering three runs off of four hits in the first inning. Diana Gomez led off with a double while Kathryn Powell hit an infield single. Ansbach's double to left field scored Gomez for the first run, and was followed by Jessica Chrabaszcz' single that brought home pinch runner Ashlie Tatman. Ashley Schaaf was hit by a pitch, advancing Ashley Gray from third base home, for the 3-0 early lead.
The Terps had a run in the first and second innings, but it was not until the fourth inning that the Terps tied the game and took the lead. Two Hornet errors put Williams and D'Attilio on base, while Welch's sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third. Lounge's double to left field scored Williams and D'Attilio for two RBI and the 4-3 lead.
Delaware State recaptured the lead in the fifth with two outs when Ansbach's two-run homer to left center brought the game back to within one as the Hornets led, 5-4.
Maryland scored a run in the bottom of the fifth when D'Attilio's RBI single brought home Kara Kahler to tie the game. In the bottom of the sixth, Lounge crossed home plate when Smith hit a single to take over the lead for good at 6-5.
Crystal Crews (13-8) got the win for Maryland in game one, allowing just one run with 10 strikeouts in the five-inning game. Ashley Gray was charged with loss for the Hornets and went 8-5 on the year.
In the second game, Maryland pitcher Abbey Welch allowed just two hits with three strikeouts for the victory. Her record improved to 2-2, while Delaware State pitcher Gray dropped to 8-6 with the loss. Crews is credited with the save, her first of the year.
Maryland is back in action when it hosts its first ACC series at home against Virginia Tech on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday's doubleheader at the Terrapin Softball Complex is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., while Sunday's single game starts at 1 p.m.