May 11, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terrapins dropped the second game of the 2006 ACC Tournament tonight, falling 1-0 to No. 3 seed Virginia Tech (39-18, 12-8 ACC) at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Terps conclude the season with a 32-27 overall record and seventh place in the ACC.
Senior catcher Nikki Smith and second base starter Keri Lounge each recorded hits in the nightcap. Senior Crystal Crews (18-13) takes the loss for her eleventh complete game of the season. The ACC's Player and Pitcher of the Year, Virginia Tech's Angela Tincher, earns the win to improve to 25-7 on the year, posting 13 strikeouts in the matchup.
Lounge hit a grounder up the middle in the first inning, as Smith followed in the second with a single to center field, yet diligent defensive play and strong pitching controlled the score for most of the game. The Hokies posted a single hit in the fourth from Erin Ota, with the game-deciding run coming in the sixth inning.
The Terps closest scoring opportunity came in the third inning. After Meghan Booth struck out, the Terrapins filled the bases when Jenny Belak and Lindsey Ubrun drew walks with Abbey Welch advancing on a Hokie error. With two outs, Tincher retired Lindsay Klein to end the inning.
Terrapin pitcher Crews held the Hokies to one hit with three strikeouts in five complete innings. As the first batter in the sixth inning for the Hokies, Caroline Stolle drew a walk from Crews, when Kelsy Rokey knocked an RBI double that bounced off the left field fence that scored Stolle for 1-0. The lead held for the remainder of the game.
The win moves Virginia Tech to 38-18 on the year, advancing to play the winner of the North Carolina-Virginia game in Game Nine on Saturday, May 13. The loss runs Maryland's record to 32-27 (7-13 ACC), eliminating the Terps from the tournament and ending postseason play.