April 19, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -
The Maryland Terrapins (26-19, 5-9 ACC) host George Washington in their final mid-week doubleheader at home for a non-conference matchup today at 3 p.m. The Terps are 13-2 in College Park and face five more opponents in the regular season. The Colonials come into the twinbill with a 22-20 record (3-9 in the A-10).
Maryland has won seven of its last nine games, posting a twelve game winning streak in the Terrapin Softball Complex before falling to Virginia at home over the weekend.
Noting the Terrapins
Lead-off hitter Jenny Belak posts the team-high of a .347 batting average with 51 hits on the season and 27 runs. Belak needs just three runs to tie for ninth place for most hits in a single-season. Nikki Smith (.339) holds a .624 slugging percentage and the most home runs (6) for the squad this season while junior Lindsay Klein (.313) posts the team-high of 29 RBI and 12 doubles helping the Terps to an overall .257 batting average.
Maryland hurler Crystal Crews holds a 16-9 record for the Terps, registering a 1.69 ERA with 170 strikeouts over 157.0 innings pitched. Second in appearances for the team with 27, freshman Meredith Nelles (2.90 ERA) holds a 6-7 record and has pitched five complete games for the Terps.
Scouting the Colonials
The Colonials come into College Park after sweeping Howard (23-21) in a twinbill (1-0 and 11-5) on April 17 at Mount Vernon Field in Washington, D.C. George Washington snapped a six-game losing streak with the wins, led by Caroline Howe with three RBI and three hits in the second game.
After 42 games, the Colonials are batting .300 with a .369 on-base percentage. George Washington's dominant offensive player is junior Elana Meyers (.434) who holds the most runs (36), hits (56) and RBI (26) for the team. The Colonials also have Jackie Yaniga hitting .330 with 38 hits and five home runs, while sophomore Chrysanthi Halkiotis posts a .327 batting average and 24 runs on the year.
Gabby Culp (9-5) leads in the pitcher's circle for the Colonials with 19 appearances, 57 strikeouts and a 2.92 ERA. Sophomore Katie Miller holds a 2.87 ERA for GW over 70.2 innings pitched. Overall, the team posts a 3.41 ERA on the season.
The Terps last faced the Colonials on April 29, 2003 in their first matchup for the two teams, and the first year of the GW program. Maryland swept the Colonials, 6-0 and 6-0, as former Maryland pitchers Monica Cyphert and Liz Gall combined for a no-hit shutout in the first game, while Rachel Greyson posted a double in the second game for the Terps.
The Colonials are 0-6 in away games this season. Overall, Maryland leads the series, 2-0.
First pitch against George Washington is scheduled for 3 p.m., admission is free. The game can also be followed on Gametracker at www.umterps.com.
Important Parking Information
Fans planning to attend the Wednesday, April 19 Maryland softball doubleheader with George Washington can park free in lot 4B beginning at 2 p.m. No permit is required. Parking in lot 4B prior to 2 p.m. without a valid permit, or parking in lots other than 4B without a valid permit, could result in a parking ticket.