May 3, 2006
NEWARK, Del. - The Maryland Terrapins shut out the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens today at Delaware Field, 2-0 and 5-0. The Terps improve to 31-23 on the season, while Delaware drops to 31-21.
Maryland had 19 hits in the twinbill with Amanda D'Attilio, Jenny Belak, Abbey Welch and Lindsey Ubrun all recording multi-hit games. D'Attilio was 4-for-7 on the day with a double and a triple. The Terps had six stolen bases on the day.
In the first matchup, Crystal Crews pitched her 10th complete game of the season to improve to 17-10. She had a perfect game in progress until the bottom of the sixth, ultimately allowing just two hits with 11 strikeouts.
The Terps got on the scoreboard in the second inning of the first game. After D'Attilio knocked a triple to center field, Whitney Reigel drew a walk. In the next at-bat, D'Attilio capitalized on a throwing error by the Blue Hen catcher and scored the first run.
Maryland added another run in the fifth inning. Belak started things off with an infield single. Welch's sacrifice bunt moved Belak to third base, and she scored on Ubrun's RBI single up the middle for a 2-0 lead.
In the second game, Maryland went ahead early, taking a 1-0 lead on a single by Belak and a run-scoring single from Ubrun.
The Terps added two runs in the second. Abbey Welch belted a triple and was brought home on D'Attilio's RBI single. The hit extended D'Attilio's hitting streak to six games. Ubrun followed with a single to left center that advanced D'Attilio to second base. Maryland then attempted a double steal that forced a Delaware throwing error and allowed D'Attilio to score for a 3-0 lead.
The Terps' bats continued to be hot, posting four hits in the fifth inning and increasing their lead to 5-0. Both Devon Williams and Jenny Belak had singles, with both runners scoring on D'Attilio's RBI double to deep center field. The Fightin' Blue Hens had four hits in the second game against Meredith Nelles who improved to 9-8 on the year with the shutout.
Maryland concludes the regular season at home this weekend in a three-game Atlantic Coast Conference series against Florida State (May 6-7). Game times are 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, followed by a 1 p.m. matchup on Sunday. May 7 is Senior Day for the Terrapins.