Feb. 26, 2006
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Terrapin softball team had their strongest offensive display today with an 11-5 victory over the University of Illinois, Chicago on the final day of the Palm Springs Classic. Maryland posts a 3-3 record in the tournament and 6-5 overall.
Nikki Smith led the Terps on the day with two triples. Jenny Belak, Meghan Booth, Lindsey Ubrun and Whitney Reigel hit doubles, while Lindsay Klein, Natalie Grossman and Abbey Welch all singled. The Terrapins had a total of 12 hits, 11 runs and one error.
Maryland jumped out early, as the Terps had four hits and three runs in the first inning. Nikki Smith tripled to right center bringing home Jenny Belak and Lindsay Klein to give the Terrapins the lead. Smith scored at home when Whitney Reigel singled to right field and Maryland had a 3-0 score. The Terps followed up with a run in the second when Abbey Welch advanced home on a Flames error for the 4-0 lead.
The UIC Flames tied the score in the second inning registering four runs and three hits. UIC had the bases loaded after Nicole Robinson walked and Nicole Shepard and Lauren Brennan singled. Maryland pitcher Crystal Crews struck out the next two batters. A Terrapin error and a double by Sarah Clynes brought in the four runs for UIC and the 4-4 tie. Meredith Nelles came to the mound for the Terps at the bottom of the second.
Maryland regained the lead in the third inning when Smith, who had her second triple in the game, scored on Lindsey Ubrun's double for 5-4. The Terrapins seized on that momentum, scoring five runs in the top of the fourth and never relinquished the lead. Natalie Grossman scored when Lindsay Klein walked with the bases loaded. Both Belak and Booth also scored on walks. Then, Klein and Ubrun came home when shortstop Whitney Reigel doubled to center field pushing the lead to 10-4.
Meredith Nelles pitched 5.1 innings to pick up her first win of the season.
The Terrapins travel to Tallahassee next weekend for the Florida State Tournament. First pitch is on Friday at 11:00 a.m. against Western Michigan. Maryland will also face Florida State and the defending national champions, Michigan.