Maryland Softball Welcomes Freshman Class

Sept. 9, 2003

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland Softball team announced the names of four recruits who will join the Terrapins as incoming freshmen in 2004. Joining Maryland next season are: Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.), Elyse Lucas (Chardon, Ohio), Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) and Whitney Wides (Gaithersburg, Md.).

Klein was named second team All-State in 2003 and was a four-year letterman at El Modena High School. She was named the team's MVP her senior year, and co-MVP freshman year. She went 20-5 with a 0.42 ERA during her senior season. Klein was named to the Orange County Coaches American/National All-Star Game and was an all-state nominee after batting .447 with 26 RBI in her senior campaign. Klein is a force to be reckoned with both on the field and in the classroom as a three-time Scholar Athlete award winner.

Lucas, a graduate of Notre Dame - Cathedral Latin, will join fellow Ohio native Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) on the Terps' pitching staff. Lucas holds nine state pitching records in Ohio: most wins in a season (29), most career wins (90), consecutive wins (21), shutouts in a season (22), career shutouts (62), consecutive shutouts (9), consecutive shutout innings (62), lowest ERA in a season (0.18) and most strikeouts in a game (19). Through her senior high school season, she held opposing batters to a miniscule .115 batting average against, and struck out slightly more than every other batter she faced.

Lounge, an infielder from Archbishop Spalding High School, was named first team All-County by the Baltimore Sun, Maryland Gazette and Washington Post in 2002. She was also named to the Sun's All-Metro team as a freshman and sophomore. During her freshman campaign, she was chosen as her high school team's rookie of the year. From 1998 to 2002, she has been a member of summer league teams that reached either the ASA Gold Nationals or Nationals. Lounge spent her senior season recovering from shoulder surgery and served as captain and student coach.

Wides, a graduate of Damascus High School, was named an honorable mention to the Washington Post's All-Metro team, and was named to the first team by the Montgomery County Gazette in 2003. During both her junior and senior seasons, she was named to first team by the Montgomery Journal and Frederick Post. Wides, whose older sister pitches for local rival Towson, ended her senior campaign 10-3 with a 0.33 ERA and fanned 152 batters. She also hurled seven shutouts and three perfect games.

The Maryland Softball team begins fall practices Monday, Sept. 22.