May 11, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Terrapins could not take advantage of key opportunities in their opening game against No. 2 seed North Carolina (47-15) in the ACC Tournament today, falling 5-3 to the Tar Heels. Maryland (32-26) will face No. 3 seed Virginia Tech tonight in the consolation game at 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Stadium.
Maryland had seven hits in the game, with junior Keri Lounge hitting two RBI and her fifth home run of the season. Lindsay Klein notched a double and one RBI, while both Jenny Belak and Abbey Welch recorded two hits. The Terps posted two errors in the game, with Crystal Crews (18-12) taking the loss for the Terps, allowing five hits in 5.1 innings.
Junior first base starter Klein started things off for the Terps with an RBI double to left center in the first inning that plated Welch, who had singled. In the second inning, the Tar Heels then seized on some Maryland missteps, as the Terps loaded the bases on a walk and two players hit by pitches. With Tar Heel Breanna Brown at bat, Brown hit a single infield that dropped out of second baseman Keri Lounge's glove for the tag, scoring two runners on base. The next Tar Heel flied out to bring up the Terps, who were down 2-1 in the game.
At the top of the fifth with Belak on base after drawing a walk, Lounge smashed a two-run home run to left field for the 3-2 lead. In the bottom half of the inning with two on base and two outs, Welch came in from center field for the Terps to relieve Crews, who allowed four hits and two runs. In the next at-bat, Jennifer Jacobs hit a three-run home run to right center field to regain the lead and push ahead, 3-5.
The Terps had a second bases loaded opportunity in the sixth after Devon Williams and Belak hit singles and pinch hitter Rachel Greyson drew a walk. With two outs and Lounge at the plate, Tar Heel pitcher Crystal Cox sent the runners off with her pitch, catching Williams off base for the third out at second base.
Meredith Nelles, summoned for the Terps in the bottom of the sixth with one out and two runners on base, fanned the last two batters to close out the inning. In the seventh, two of Maryland's batters struck out while a third flied out to end the game for the Terps, 3-5.
Maryland will face No. 3 seed Virginia Tech tonight at 8:00 p.m. at Anderson Stadium. The game can be followed on GameTracker.