Softball Takes On Towson In Wednesday Doubleheader
April 26, 2006
The Terps look to get back on the winning track with just 10 days left in the regular season as they face local rival Towson (26-23, 6-9 CAA) for a doubleheader on Wednesday in Baltimore at Towson Center Field. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
The Terrapins (28-22, 6-11 ACC) are tied with Virginia for sixth place in the ACC and are coming off a three-game series with Boston College last weekend (Apr. 22-23) where the Terps won one-of-three games. Maryland won the opening contest, 9-5, against the Eagles and pounded out five home runs on the day, three coming from third-base freshman starter Lindsey Ubrun.
Noting the Terrapins
Maryland lead-off hitter Jenny Belak continues to lead the Terrapins posting a .354 batting average and the team-high of hits (58) and runs (31) for the squad. Nikki Smith and Lindsay Klein have consistently been strong behind the plate for the Terps as well this season, with Smith holding a .339 average, six home runs and a .624 slugging percentage. Klein, who leads the team with 14 doubles to date and 32 RBI, registers a .303 batting average and five home runs, helping the team to an overall .262 average on the season.
In the pitcher's circle, Crystal Crews (16-10) leads the team with a 1.74 ERA over 164.2 innings pitched with 175 strikeouts. Freshman Meredith Nelles has 17 starts in 31 appearances for the squad with a 7-8 record.
Scouting the Tigers
The Towson Tigers (26-23, 6-9 CAA) have won seven of their last eight games and are batting .265 on the year with a 2.23 ERA. The Tigers split a conference doubleheader with George Mason at Towson Center Field on Sunday (9-3 and 0-1). On offense, Jen Hastings (.322) leads the team with 48 hits and 14 doubles, while Christine Navarro contributes 21 RBI and the team-high of 23 runs. Cleanup hitter Aimee Rosa holds the most RBI (22) on the squad, registering a .289 batting average and 20 runs for the team.
Jillian Kiley (1.92 ERA) leads on the mound for the Tigers with an 11-10 record over 135.0 innings pitched with 126 strikeouts. Jessica Fisher (14-12) holds a 2.02 ERA with 127 K's, over 149.1 innings pitched.
The Tigers are 12-4 on their home turf this season, while the Terps are 22-11 against non-conference opponents.
Maryland leads the overall series against Towson, 17-6. Last season the Terps won a doubleheader over the Tigers (7-3 and 1-0). Belak led the Terps in game one with three hits and two runs, while Natalie Grossman hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning of the second game for the 1-0 win.
Following the Towson series, the Terrapins will have the weekend off, then face Florida State in a three-game series (May 5-6), before heading to the ACC Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. (May 11-15).