The Maryland Terrapins (27-20, 5-9 ACC) travel to Boston to face ACC rival Boston College in a three-game conference series (April 22-23). The Eagles (17-21, 2-13 ACC) meet the Terps for a doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by a 12 p.m. game on Sunday. The games can be followed on Gametracker. Maryland is looking to improve their standing in the league, currently holding the sixth position in the ACC, ahead of Virginia and Boston College.
Maryland is coming off a doubleheader split against the Colonials of George Washington. The Terrapins won the first game, 4-1, and dropped the second game in extra innings, 6-4. The Terps are 14-3 at home this year, posting a best 12-0 consecutive victories in College Park. Lead-off hitter Jenny Belak leads the Terrapins with a .351 batting average to go along with her 54 hits and 29 runs. Senior Nikki Smith posts a .339 average belting the team-high of six long balls on the season, while Lindsey Klein is hitting .299 for the Terps with a team-high of 29 RBI and 12 doubles.
In the circle, Crystal Crews (16-10) and Meredith Nelles (6-7) carry a 1.74 and 2.83 ERA, respectively, with Nelles notching 104 strikeouts to date in her freshman season. Juniors Abbey Welch and Elyse Lucas are seeing increased time on the mound with Welch recording 26 strikeouts over 44.0 innings pitched and Lucas posting a 3-0 record and a 1.09 ERA.
Boston College enters the weekend after a 5-2 victory on Thursday (Apr. 20) over its hometown rival, Boston University. With the win, the Eagles snapped a four-game losing streak. The Eagles held the Terriers to one earned run in the game, with Ashley Obrest recording two RBI while Elena Ferrero also had two RBI and a home run.
Earlier in the week (Apr. 18), Boston College dropped a game to Massachusetts, 6-0 (Apr. 18). The Eagles' offense is powered by Jenna Macchi (.414) who has the team-high of hits (53) and has driven in 29 runs. Ferrero (.321) holds the team-high of 34 RBI with 36 hits. In 27 games, Kimmy Hopkin is batting .299 and has 20 hits helping the team to a .268 batting average.
In the circle, Britney Thompson (8-9) has the most appearances (28), team-leading ERA (3.98), strikeouts (68) in 103.2 innings pitched this season. Freshman Savana Lloyd (4.36 ERA) has 39 strikeouts over 88.1 innings pitched contributing to the team's overall 4.73 ERA.
Since Boston College joined the ACC, the Terrapins have faced them on three occasions. The Terps are one game back in the overall series, with Boston College holding a 2-1 lead.
The last meeting occurred in College Park in 2004 in the Maryland Invitational with the Terps falling, 3-2. Maryland and BC were tied in the first inning, when the Eagles moved ahead in the fifth on a double by Elyse Meredith and added a third run later in the inning. The Terps came within one run after scoring a bases-loaded walk in the seventh, but would not close in for the win.
Maryland faced local foe George Washington for a twinbill in College Park (Apr. 19). The Terps won the opening contest, 4-1 and were led by Keri Lounge who had three RBI and her second home run of the season, a solo blast to left field. Six Terps had hits in the game.
In the afternoon matchup, the Terps suffered one of their most gut-wrenching losses of the season falling in extra innings, 6-4. Maryland and GW were tied 1-1 through the top of the seventh, when the Colonials scored two runs to take a seemingly commanding lead. The Terps pulled together a dramatic seventh inning rally with Welch belting an RBI triple and Lounge hitting an RBI single, plating Belak and Welch for the 3-3 tie, pushing the game into extra innings. The Terps comeback was short lived as the Colonials had three runs in the eighth, with the Terps only coming up with one for a 6-4 final score.
In the series against Virginia (Apr. 15-16), the Terps dropped the first two games (2-1 and 4-1), bouncing back with a 1-0 victory on Sunday. In the first game, Maryland was held to four hits with a triple from Welch and the sole run coming from freshman Devon Williams in the bottom of the fifth inning for a 2-1 score.
The Terps again were held to four runs in the second matchup and committed two errors. Down 2-0 in the third, Lindsay Klein's sacrifice fly brought in Welch for the unearned run. The Cavaliers added two insurance runs in the sixth and held on for the 4-1 final. The Terps' steady and resilient play in the Sunday contest proved too much for the Cavaliers as the Terrapins capitalized on two Virginia errors in the bottom of the seventh. Both Belak and Lounge got on base by errors from the shortstop, with Klein belting the game-winning single up the middle for a final 1-0 win.
Lindsey Ubrun was named ACC Player of the Week for her performance against No. 24 Virginia Tech. For the week, Ubrun batted .600 with a 4-for-6 performance in a doubleheader sweep over Delaware State (Apr. 5). The Riverside, Calif. Native's hot hand continued over then No. 24 Virginia Tech when she was 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBI. It was the first selection for Maryland this season.
Keri Lounge needs just one triple to attain sole possession of the No. 1 spot for triples in a career. She currently holds the record for triples in a single-season (5) and is currently tied with Samantha Sweeney for the No. 1 all-time career in triples.
With each passing game, Terrapins Nikki Smith, Lindsay Klein, and Jenny Belak are climbing up the UMD record books in several offensive categories, including hits, stolen bases and runs scored.
Senior Smith has registered a team-high of six home runs this season. The long balls move Smith in a six-way tie for seventh place for home runs in a single-season with Klein and Lounge, from their performance in the 2005 season. Kiesha Pickeral ('99) holds the No. 1 position with nine home runs in a single season ('99).
In the April 19 doubleheader against George Washington, Belak posted her 54th hit of the season, to tie for the No. 9 spot UMD's single-season list. Kiesha Pickeral ('99) holds the No. 1 position with 68 hits in a season.
Additionally, with 31 stolen bases this year, the Terps surpassed the total number (25) from last season. Belak leads the team with 11 steals, while Lounge and Williams each have four for the Terps. The record is held by the 2003 team which notched 46 stolen bases in a season.
April 21, 2006
BOSTON, Mass. -
NOTING THE TERRAPINS
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
TERPS VS. LAST WEEK'S OPPONENTS
UBRUN (4/11/06) NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
REWRITING THE RECORD BOOKS