April 19, 2006
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team won its opening game against George Washington, 5-0, in their final non-conference doubleheader of the season in College Park this afternoon. The Terps dropped the second game, 6-4, in extra innings. The Terps stand at 27-20 (5-9 ACC) while the Colonials finish the day at 23-18. Crystal Crews (16-10) takes a loss and a save on the day, while Elyse Lucas recorded her third win of the season.
Of the Terrapins 17 hits on the day, junior Keri Lounge posted a home run and a double with five RBI, while Abbey Welch recorded a double and a triple in the series. Jenny Belak had three hits on the day, including a triple and two RBI.
With two outs in the third inning of the first game, Lounge snapped a scoreless tie with her second home run of the year, a solo blast to right center field. The home run marks the twelfth of her career, moving Lounge to No. 7 on Maryland's all-time record list for home runs in a career. She was 3-for-4 in the game with a home run, a double and a walk.
Maryland broke things open in the bottom of the sixth notching four runs. Freshman Devon Williams drew a walk from Jen Hrycyna and Whitney Reigel followed with a perfectly placed bunt. Meghan Booth hit a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners, when lead-off hitter Belak hit a RBI triple plating Williams and Reigel for 3-0. Welch then drew a walk which prompted the Colonials to put in freshman pitcher Kristin Gallant with two outs and runners on. Lounge smacked a double to left center for the RBI, scoring Welch and Belak for a 5-0 lead which held through the end.
Crews pitched 5.2 innings in the second game, striking out five and allowing five runs. Elyse Lucas was summoned at the top of the third. In her 3.0 innings, Lucas allowed one run and struck out three batters. Welch pitched 2.0 innings, while Crews is credited with the save in the first game.
Batting second in the line-up for the Terrapins, Welch hit a double to left field at the top of the inning to start things off for the Terrapins in the second game. Lounge's sacrifice fly scored Welch for the first run of the game.
The Colonials countered in the fourth inning when lead-off hitter Elana Meyers RBI triple plated Catherine Belanger, who had walked on.
With the game tied at 1-1 for two more innings, the Colonials scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead. Mohan's bunt scored Meyers, who had tripled, and was followed by Jackie Yaniga's sacrifice fly that plated Mohan for the 3-1 lead.
The Terps matched the momentum and responded with two runs of their own in the seventh. Welch's triple scored Belak, who had singled, while Lounge followed up with a RBI single up the middle that plated Welch for the 3-3 tie, putting the game into extra innings.
With Colonial Tori Sensi placed at second base due to the International Rule, GW catcher Nikki Brooks hit a single to right field that scored Sensi to move ahead, 4-3. Hilary King hit a double to left field for the RBI, scoring Brooks who had singled up the left field line. King scored in the next at-bat on a passed ball, unearned, for a 6-3 score.
The Terrapins added one run in the bottom of the eighth on Amanda D'Attilio's single which brought home pinch runner Medley McGuire for the run. The next three Terrapin batters flied out and grounded out, with the Terps dropping the game 6-3.