March 10, 2006
NORFOLK, Va. - The University of Maryland softball team won its doubleheader today, with a 6-3 victory over George Mason and a 1-0 final score against James Madison in the first day of the Mason-Dixon Classic in Norfolk, Va. The Terps are 9-8 going into Saturday's games, as the George Mason Patriots fall to 0-13 and the Dukes drop to 6-8.
Third base freshman Lindsey Ubrun was 6-for-8 on the day, belting two doubles, four singles and two RBI. Lead-off hitter Jenny Belak was 4-for-8 with two triples, matching her total number of triples last season. Overall, Maryland had 12 hits against the Patriots and notched seven against the Dukes.
"It was good to go out and get two wins," said head coach Laura Watten. "We had good defense and great pitching. We need to put some more hits together to make more things happen."
Belak's first triple at the top of the first inning perfectly set up the first run for the Terps after a sacrifice fly by Lindsay Klein brought Belak home. Freshman designated player Devon Williams' single to right field scored Belak again in the third inning for a 2-0 score.
After Ubrun's double to left field in the fourth, senior catcher Rachel Greyson's sacrifice fly to right field scored Ubrun for 3-0. Ubrun added another run in the fifth inning when an error by a Patriot brought her home. The Terrapins would score two from Lindsay Klein and Keri Lounge, who had singles in the seventh inning for 6-0.
The Patriots threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning when, with two outs and Patriot catcher Emily Miller on first, Lesley Hassen hit a line drive to center field for a double scoring Miller. George Mason's Kat Winter hit a home run in the next at-bat to score two runs for a 6-3 comeback attempt. Freshman Meredith Nelles struck out the next Patriot batter on swings to close out the game giving Nelles her second win of the season, for 2-4 on the season.
Maryland's persevering offense and diligent defensive play proved too much for James Madison as the Terps finished with a 1-0 victory over the Dukes in the second half of their doubleheader today. Senior pitcher Crews had 11 strikeouts to lead the Terrapins to their ninth win of the season. James Madison's Jenny Clohan also had 1 strikeout in the matchup.
Maryland had scoring opportunities in the second and third innings. After Meghan Booth's single to left field, she was out at home plate on a fielder's choice in the second. In the third inning with two players out and Lounge and Abbey Welch on base, Booth's hit to center field was just short of the fence for the third out.
The game stayed tied at 0-0 until the seventh inning. Booth and Belak advanced after single hits and a wild pitch put them on second and third base. Ubrun then hit a hard drive up the third base line, which scored Booth for the 1-0 lead in the seventh.
The Duke's closest chance for a run came in the seventh inning when right fielder Megan Smith hit a single to right field. She advanced to second base when Ubrun made the play to Klein for the second out. Crews struck out the last Duke batter for the 1-0 victory for the Terps.
Maryland faces Norfolk State and Cornell on Saturday for a doubleheader. The first pitch against Norfolk State is at 9:00 a.m. (EST).