March 15, 2006
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The University of Maryland softball team dropped two games today in its doubleheader against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va. The Terrapins were shutout in both contests, 2-0, and fall to 11-10 on the season while the Dukes improve to 9-8.
The Terps allowed just six hits today, but three of the Dukes' hits were home runs which proved to be the difference in the end. Maryland out-hit James Madison 7-2 in the first game and 7-4 in the second, yet left a total of 20 runners on base for the day.
"Our pitching was strong today," said coach Laura Watten. "James Madison took advantage of its opportunities. We weren't able to do that. We need to focus on our clutch hitting and our mental toughness."
The Terps played strong defense, allowing just two runs in the game, with no errors. Four Terrapins had hits, including a double from senior Nikki Smith. Jenny Belak, Amanda D'Attilio and Lindsey Ubrun all notched stolen bases in the first game.
With a 2-1 count at the plate and one out in the second inning, the Duke's leading hitter, Julia Dominguez, hit a home run to left center field for the early 1-0 lead. Crews struck out the next two batters to finish the inning.
The Terps had two players on second and third base in the third inning with two outs, when James Madison pitcher Meredith Felts struck out Ubrun to bring the Duke's back on deck. Felts had 11 strikeouts in the game.
The teams remained scoreless through the bottom of the sixth inning, when second base starter Jean Chavez knocked another home run for James Madison for a 2-0 final score.
The Terps were in similar territory in the second game, logging seven hits from five players, yet conducting two errors. Maryland held James Madison to four hits and two runs.
Freshman pitcher Meredith Nelles struck out four of the first seven batters at the start of the game, helping her to a total of ten K's in the game.
JMU's Jean Chavez' single down the middle brought in Jenny Clohan in the third inning, who advanced on base after being hit by a pitch, for a 1-0 lead.
First base Terrapin starter Klein belted a double to deep center field for the Terps in the fourth inning, followed by Meghan Booth who advanced after a throwing error, one of four of the day for James Madison. Duke pitcher Clohan struck out the next Maryland batter, to end the inning.
Maryland had players on base in the fifth and sixth inning, yet JMU's Dominguez home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for 2-0 was the second and final run on the score board, marking her second home run and the team's third of the day.
The Terrapins open ACC play this weekend with a three game series against Georgia Tech. First pitch is Saturday at 12:00 p.m. The games can be followed on Game Tracker.