March 28, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team swept a doubleheader from Brown University, 8-0 (6 inn.) and 4-1, Tuesday afternoon at the Terrapin Softball Complex in College Park. The wins improve Maryland to 16-15 on the season while Brown falls to 8-12.
Senior Crystal Crews and freshman Meredith Nelles hurled their ways to victory as both pitchers limited the Bears' hits to three in both games. Crews (10-6) struck out eleven in six innings of work for the win and her fifth complete game. Nelles (5-7) struck out ten in seven innings of work. Moses and Schindler's took the losses for Brown.
In the first game, the two teams remained scoreless until the fourth inning. Sophomore Whitney Reigel started things off with a walk in the top of the fourth. She advanced to second on Amanda D'Attilio's single up the third base line.
Both runners advanced into scoring position after Devon Williams was hit by the first pitch to get to first. With a 3-2 count, Abbey Welch was walked to bring in Reigel for the first score. Belak's RBI single to left field brought home D'Attilio. Klein fired a single up the left field line that brought home Williams and Welch for two RBI and a 4-0 lead.
The Terps (15-16, 1-5 ACC) scored four more runs in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles by Klein and Nikki Smith. Welch hit a single down the left field line and was followed by Belak who got on base after an error by the shortstop. Lounge hit a perfect bunt to load the bases, when Klein's double to deep center brought in Welch and Belak for the score and three more RBI for Klein. Klein would have five RBI in the game, the team-high for the season. Freshman Kara Kahler came in as a pinch runner for Klein, scoring the run for the Terps and her second of the year, on Smith's RBI double for the 8-0 final score to end the game in six innings.
Maryland's big offensive inning came in the third. Lounge hit a hard drive to the shortstop to get on base. Klein advanced on a fielder's choice then moved to second when Lounge stole third, yet Lounge was tagged out when she tried to steal home. Smith hit a single to center field to get on base and advance Klein. Ubrun smacked her second home run of the season to left center scoring Klein and Smith for a 3-0 lead.
The Bears did not take long to answer back when lead-off hitter Mary Seid bunted to get on first. Kaitlyn Laabs doubled to deep center for the RBI and the first run of the day for the Bears. Nelles would retire two batters on swings and one looking to close out the inning for the Terps.
The Terps would add one more in the fifth when Klein scored on Smith's single to left field to push Maryland ahead for good, 4-1.
The Terps will be back in action Wednesday in a doubleheader against Mount St. Mary's (15-12, 0-0 NEC). Game time is set for 3 p.m.