April 2, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Terrapins dropped the final game of a three-game series today in Raleigh against the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 3-0. Maryland falls to 19-17 (2-7 in the ACC) while NC State stands at 32-13 (6-3 in the ACC).
NC State lead-off hitter Heather Gelbard hit a single drive the middle to start things off for the Wolfpack in the first inning. Shanna Smith advanced on a sacrifice bunt to advance Tess Corona, who had come in as a pinch runner. Jennifer Chamberlain followed with a RBI double to center field to bring in Corona for the 1-0 lead.
The teams would hold each other off through the next five innings. In the sixth, two Terrapins got on base as Lindsey Ubrun hit a line drive up the left field line. Kara Kahler came in as pinch runner for the Terps and Klein followed on base after being hit by a pitch. In the next at-bat, Maryland flied out to center field and went into the dugout one run down.
The Wolfpack added two more insurance runs in the sixth inning. Davis had a single infield, then Welch fielded Gelbard's hit infield for the first out. Smith then hit an infield drive up the third base line, and a Terrapin throwing error scored both Davis and Smith for a 3-0 lead. The Terps had an opportunity to tie in the seventh inning. After the first two batters were out on strikes and an infield shot to third base, Wolfpack pitcher Abbie Sims walked both D'Attilio and Welch. Yet the Terps hit a pop-up infield for the final out.
Maryland (19-17, 2-7 ACC) returns to College Park for a two week homestand starting with a doubleheader on Wednesday, April 5 against Delaware State beginning at 5 p.m. The Terps will have their first ACC series in the Terrapin Softball Complex next weekend with Virginia Tech. The games can be followed on Game Tracker.