The Maryland Terrapins (19-17, 2-7 ACC) start a two week homestand at the Terrapin Softball Complex on Wednesday in a doubleheader against Delaware State. The Hornets (15-13, 4-0 MEAC) meet the Terps in a non-conference matchup beginning at 5 p.m.
The Terrapins have won five of their last seven games. Maryland swept both Brown (8-0 and 4-1) and Mount St. Mary's (2-0 and 8-0) in doubleheaders last week in the Terrapin Softball Complex extending the Terps home record to 6-0.
Over the weekend in Raleigh, N.C., the Terps dropped the bookend games of a three-game series with North Carolina State, winning the Saturday matchup 2-1. Maryland had nine hits in the doubleheader and no errors, while dropping the Sunday game after being kept to four hits.
For the week, Lindsay Klein led the Terps with a .455 batting average, ten hits and seven RBI. Klein posted a .773 slugging percentage and had four doubles and a home run in the week. Pitcher Crystal Crews had a 1.28 ERA for the week, with 39 strikeouts over 27.1 innings pitched.
Jenny Belak posts the team-high of a .387 batting average with 46 hits on the season and 21 runs. She has also recorded nine of the Terrapins' 22 stolen bases, exceeding her season total of seven stolen bases in 2005. Lindsay Klein (.327) and Nikki Smith (.291) are two other key players behind the plate for Maryland. Klein holds the team-high of 23 RBI and ten doubles while Smith leads the Terps with a .547 slugging percentage.
Maryland hurler Crews holds a 12-8 record for the Terrapins. Crews (2.04 ERA) has 137 strikeouts over 123.2 innings pitched and 27 appearances.
The Terps lead the overall series against the Hornets, 3-0. In the last meeting on April 6, 2005, Maryland won the doubleheader, 10-1 and 5-1. Klein hit two home runs and Keri Lounge added one as the wins extended the Terps' streak to eight.
SCOUTING THE HORNETS
Delaware State comes into Wednesday's twinbill after winning a doubleheader over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, 13-3 and 10-0, on April 1. The Hornets (15-13, 4-0 MEAC) were led by sophomores Kristina Keck and Nicole Demers, as both players notched four RBI and four hits on the day. The Hornets recorded 29 hits and no errors in the doubleheader. Prior to the UMES game, Delaware State dropped two to Delaware, 8-1 and 2-1, in Newark, Del. (Mar. 29).
On offense, the Hornets' dominant player is Ashley Gray, who is batting .414 with a team-high 21 RBI and 36 hits. Delaware State also has Diana Gomez hitting .398 with 39 hits, while freshman Candace Shockley posts a .348 batting average, helping the team to a .320 overall average.
Gray (8-4) leads in the pitcher's circle for the Hornets with 16 appearances, 64 strikeouts and a 3.86 ERA. Megan Lambertz holds a 2.55 ERA for Delaware State over 66.2 innings pitched.
IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION
Fans planning to attend the Wednesday, April 5 Maryland softball doubleheader with Delaware State can park free in lot 4B beginning at 4 p.m. No permit is required. Parking in lot 4B prior to 4 p.m. without a valid permit, or parking in lots other than 4B without a valid permit, could result in a parking ticket.
First pitch against Delaware State is scheduled for 5 p.m., admission is free. The game can also be followed on Gametracker at www.umterps.com.