May 11, 2006
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of Maryland women's softball team (32-25, 7-12 ACC) opens ACC Tournament play on Thursday as the seventh seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. The Terps will face tournament host and No. 2 seed North Carolina (46-15, 13-7) at 12:30 p.m. at Anderson Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. in the double elimination tournament. The game can be followed on GameTracker. Winners of the Thursday matchup advance to Friday's second round at 12:30 p.m.
Noting the Terrapins
While posting the team-high batting average for 13 of 16 weeks this season, Jenny Belak continues to lead the Terps with a .362 batting average, hits (68), runs (37) and stolen bases (13). Third base freshman Lindsey Ubrun registers a .327 average with a team-leading, 37 RBI and eleven home runs. Nikki Smith (.317) has 27 RBI for the squad with six home runs, while junior Lindsay Klein holds a .283 average with 32 RBI and 14 doubles. Collectively, the team hit an average of .260 in the regular season with a .401 slugging percentage and a .336 on-base percentage.
Crystal Crews (1.82 ERA) holds an 18-11 record over 180.1 innings pitched and ten complete games. She has tallied 197 strikeouts this season with 40 appearances. Freshman Meredith Nelles posts (3.08) a 9-9 record for the team over 104.2 innings pitched, while the team had a .248 ERA. Maryland has 43 stolen bases this season, just three shy of the all-time career record held by the 2003 team, and 19 more than the 2005 total. Twelve Terrapins on the 2006 roster have recorded stolen bases, with Belak leading the team with 13.
Overall, Maryland is in fifth position with a .258 batting average and a 2.46 ERA this season. Sophomore Belak holds the seventh slot with a .354 batting average, while Georgia Tech's Whitney Haller leads with a .409. In the ACC, Ubrun holds the No. 3 position for doubles (6) and home runs (6). She also is fifth in the league with 36 total bases. In the ACC, the Terps are batting .194 with a .3.67 ERA this season.
The Terps had their second longest winning streak in College Park, posting a 12-game streak in the Terrapin Softball Complex, as they finish the season 15-5 at home. The 32 wins this season marks the second time in five years that Maryland has finished with 32 or more wins in a season. Three Terps - Lindsay Klein, Keri Lounge and Whitney Reigel - have played and started in all 57 games for the Terps this year.
Terps vs. Last Week's Opponents
In their final ACC series of the season in College Park (May 6-7), the Terps dropped the bookend games (4-1 and 8-4) of a three-game set with Florida State, winning the second game, 6-4. In the twinbill on Saturday, Ubrun knocked four RBI, three hits and two home runs, while Belak notched the game-winning single up the middle for the win in the second game.
Prior to the FSU series, the Terps shut out the Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (2-0 and 5-0) at Delaware Field (May 3.) Freshman Amanda D'Attilio, Abbey Welch, Belak, and Ubrun all recorded multi-hit games with D'Attilio posting 4-for-7 at the plate. The Terps also notched six stolen bases in the twinbill. In the first game, Crews pitched her tenth complete game, and had a perfect game in progress till the bottom of the sixth inning.
On April 26, Maryland split games against local rival Towson as both contests went into extra innings. The Terps won the opening game, 2-0, then dropped the second, 5-4. In the first contest, the Terps broke an eight-inning scoreless tie as Amanda D'Attilio hit an RBI single that scored Lindsey Ubrun.
Scouting the Tar Heels
As the ACC Tournament host for the 2006 Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Tar Heels (46-15, 13-7 ACC) are seeded No. 2 in the tournament and are ranked No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA poll out today.
North Carolina currently holds a .254 team batting average, with a .336 on-base percentage and a .381 slugging percentage. Sophomore Cassie Palmer (.288) leads the squad in runs (48), hits (59) and doubles (15). Durham freshman native Breanna Brown posts a .314 batting average, with 53 hits and 18 RBI, while cleanup hitter Jennifer Jacobs (.279) posts the team-high of 42 RBI and 53 hits. In the circle, Crystal Cox has a 25-7 record with a 0.74 ERA, while Lisa Norris is 13-15 with a 1.35 ERA, helping the team to a stout 1.08 ERA.
Earlier this season (Mar. 25-26), the Terps won one-of-three games against North Carolina with a 4-3 on a rain-soaked weekend. Klein led the team with two RBI and two hits with Welch adding two hits and two runs in the 4-3 win, as the Tar Heels took the opening game, 5-0, and the final contest, 6-1. North Carolina leads the overall series, 25-11.
Lindsey Ubrun's two home runs against Florida State (May 6), catapulted her to the No. 1 spot on Maryland's all-time record list for home runs in a single season (11). She surpassed Kiesha Pickeral ('01), Beth Radford ('01) and Kelly Shipman ('99) in the feat. With 37 RBI, the Riverside, Calif. native needs one RBI to tie for the top spot for RBI in a single-season with Beth Radford ('99). With ten doubles to date, both Ubrun and senior Nikki Smith need just one double to move into the top-ten list for doubles in a single-season.
Junior Keri Lounge collected her sixth triple of the season and eighth of her career against Towson (Apr. 26), now ranking her as No. 1 for triples recorded in a single-season and career triples (12) at Maryland. With 11 sacrifice flies to date, Lounge is also one shy of tying the career record for sacrifice flies.
Fellow junior Lindsay Klein moved to the fifth spot on Maryland's all-time list for career home runs after belting her 16th career home run in the April 23 matchup against Boston College. With 14 doubles this season, Klein holds the No. 3 position for doubles in a single-season, while also advancing to the No. 5 spot for doubles in a career with 34.
With 197 strikeouts this season, senior Crystal Crews is now No. 5 on Maryland's list for most strikeouts in a single-season. She also has seven shutouts in 2006, which ties her for the seventh spot for shutouts in a single-season. Further, Crews has pitched 180.1 innings this season, moving her to the No. 6 spot on the Terrapins list for most innings pitched in a single season.
Sophomore Jenny Belak is now tied with Kiesha Pickeral ('99) for the No. 1 record holder of hits in a single-season with 68. Belak's 37 runs this season move her to the fourth spot for runs in a single-season, just edging teammate Lounge, who had 34 runs in 2005. Belak also leads the team this season with 13 stolen bases, helping the team to 43 stolen bases overall.