March 22, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior pitcher Abbey Welch pitched a perfect game today in the Terps' home opener over Morgan State at the Terrapin Softball Complex. Welch had six strikeouts over 15 at-bats and did not allow a hit or walk in the 13-0 win, the second game of the day's doubleheader. The Terrapins, who claimed the earlier game 9-0, improve to 13-13 overall while the Morgan State Lady Bears fall to 4-10 on the year. Both games ended in five innings.
The Terps notched their highest number of hits in a day this season with 23, also getting 22 runs and recording no errors on the day. Six Terrapins had multiple hits in the doubleheader, led by Whitney Reigel with three triples and Jenny Belak who was 4-for-6 and was walked twice. Meredith Nelles and Abbey Welch each get wins, with Welch posting a 1-2 record over 20.1 innings pitched.
"We came out hitting," said head coach Laura Watten. "We had a good day defensively and on the mound. It was time to turn things around. It didn't matter who we played it was going to be a good day. We executed everything that we wanted to." In the first game for Maryland, Nelles (4-6) threw a one-hitter for the Terps' 9-0 win over the Lady Bears. Nelles had 10 strikeouts over 5.0 innings.
Belak and Keri Lounge scored the first pair of runs in the first inning after being walked on base. Meghan Booth singled to the infield and scored on a wild pitch, then Belak followed with a double to center field earning the run from Lounge's single up the third base line for a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the second.
The Lady Bears would get their sole hit of the day, a shot to center field, from Krystle Gaud in the third inning, yet Ubrun fielded a double play on Fernandez' at-bat for the third out of the inning. Kahler would score for the Terps in the bottom of the third from Reigel's first triple to go up 5-0.
The Terrapins added four runs in the fourth when Nikki Smith's double brought home Belak and Lounge who both singled on base. Reigel's triple to center field scored Smith and Klein for a 9-0 final for the Terps. Maryland's momentum continued through the second game when the Terps shot out to an 8-0 lead in the first inning. Reigel's third triple scored Belak, who had singled for her twelfth consecutive game. Rachel Greyson's single scored Reigel, and was followed by Lindsey Ubrun's single which brought home Smith and Klein who had walked on. Both Ubrun and Greyson advanced on a throwing error, and Amanda D'Attilio got to first on a walk. Belak's double to center scored Ubrun and D'Attilio for two RBI. Second base sophomore Lunge then hit a double to center, scoring Belak, for an RBI.
The Terps added four more runs in the second inning when four terrapins had doubles. Greyson's doubled home Klein, who belted her double to left field. Ubrun hit a single to right field which brought home Greyson. D'Attilio followed with a laser to center field for the RBI and a double to bring home Ubrun. Belak hit a double to left field which scored D'Attilio for an 8-0 lead. The Terrapins would get their final run in the fourth inning when Welch's single to left field scored Ubrun.
Welch's power pitching came to light in the fourth. Ubrun and Smith fielded plays to first while Welch put down Morgan State's Veronica Brown out on swings for the third out.
In the fifth inning, Welch handled all three outs herself. Welch had three assists and one put out on the day. Lady Bear pitcher Howard struck out on swings in the first at-bat, then Welch fielded Romeyn's grounder to Klein for the second out. Welch struck out Latrisa Weaver on swings for the third out and the perfect game.
The Terrapins travel to North Carolina this weekend for their second three-game conference series of the season. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25.