Three Softball Terps Earn Academic Honor

June 29, 2006

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced yesterday that Jenny Belak, Meredith Nelles and Lindsey Ubrun were named to the inaugural 2006 All-ACC Academic Softball Team. The University of Maryland is one of three ACC schools that had three student-athletes selected to the team.

The student-athletes were chosen based upon having earned a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.0 cumulative average during her academic career.

Belak, a letters and sciences major from Sierra Madre, Calif., led the Terps with a .359 batting average in 2006, a single-season record, surpassing Kelly Shipman's single-season high of .355 from 1998. This past season, the lefty lead-off hitter registered the team-high of 70 hits, also a single-season high, including a 12-game hitting streak from March 4 through March 22. Belak also led the team with 38 runs scored and 13 stolen bases, helping the team to 43 stolen bases overall, the second most all-time in the school's history.

Ubrun, a freshman hailing from Riverside, Calif, also garnered the All-ACC Academic honor as an education major. Ubrun posted the team-high of 11 home runs during the 2006 season which catapulted her to No. 1 on Maryland's all-time single-season list. The third-base starter led the team with a .590 slugging percentage and 37 RBI. She recorded 53 hits and 28 runs finishing the season with a .319 average. Ubrun was also named to the All-ACC Second Team and was ACC Player of the Week on April 11.

Nelles, a freshman pitcher, notched 105.1 innings pitched during the 2006 season for a 3.17 ERA. With a 9-9 record, the education major had 126 strikeouts, 36 appearances and six complete games. The Wilmington, Del. native held batters to a .252 batting average and had one save in 2006.