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Terps Take on Hokies in ACC Tourney
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 05/06/2013

May 6, 2013

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  • Third-seeded Maryland (31-25, 13-8 ACC) will take on sixth-seeded Virginia Tech (34-18, 9-11) Thursday at 11 a.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals in Tallahassee, Fla. Thursday's matchup can be seen on ESPN3 and on RSN, which includes:
    • FS South
    • FS Florida
    • Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic
    • NESN
    • FS Arizona
    • FS North Plus
    • FS San Diego
    • FS Prime Ticket

  • The winner of Thursday's game will play the winner of the seventh-seeded Virginia vs. second-seeded NC State matchup Friday at 1 p.m.

  • For more on the ACC Tournament, log on to http://www.theacc.com/championships/acc-softball-championship.html.

  • Live stats will be available for games. For live updates, log on to https://twitter.com/#!/TerpsSoftball.

    May 9 11 a.m. vs. #6 Virginia Tech Live Stats | Watch
    May 10 1 p.m. Semifinals Live Stats | Watch
    May 11 6 p.m. Championship Live Stats | ESPN2


    Scouting The Terps
    • Third-seeded Maryland will take on sixth-seeded Virginia Tech Thursday at 11 a.m. in the ACC Tournament Quarterfinals in Tallahassee, Fla.

    • The Terps have gone 26-11 since March 10 and have won 11 of their last 15 games. In that 15-game span, Candice Beards has hit .467 with 10 doubles and 14 RBI. She is also riding a 16-game hit streak.

    • Freshman Lindsey Schmeiser has 55 RBI so far this season, which leads the ACC and is second in the Maryland record books. The record for most RBI in a season is 56, set by current assistant coach Amber Jackson in 2007. Beards' 17 doubles this year lead the league and is second in all-time Maryland history, after Michelle Burrell hit 19 in 2001.

    • The Terrapins are coming off of a 34-22 season, in which they earned their third straight NCAA Regionals bid.

    2013 Maryland Terrapins: 31-25, 13-8 ACC (RPI: 89)
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    • Maryland returns four seniors this year in Sara Acosta, Lexi Carroll, Nikki Maier and Melissa Mancuso.

    • Head Coach Laura Watten returns eight starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's NCAA Regionals squad.


    Scouting Virginia Tech
    • Virginia Tech is 34-18 overall and 9-11 in ACC play. The Hokies have won seven of their last 10 games, with two of those three loses coming at the hands of the Terps.
    • In last weekend's series, Dani Anderson and Courtney Liddle each had five hits. Liddle knocked in six RBI.
    • Maryland owns the all-time series, 19-16. The Terps fell to the Hokies in last year's ACC Tournament Quarterfinals, 5-2. The Terrapins held a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Kat Banks hit a grand slam for a 5-1 lead. Maryland rallied in the top of the seventh with a home run by Sloane Van Meter, couldn't come all the way back.

    2013 Virginia Tech Hokies: 34-18, 9-11 ACC (RPI: 37)
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    Play the Best
    The Terrapins will play a strong schedule against a number of the nation's top teams.
    • The Terps will play seven games against teams in the preseason USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Top 25.
    • The Terps will battle 16 teams that competed in last year's NCAA championships. So far, they are 12-13 against those teams.


    Head Coach Laura Watten
    Laura Watten returns for her seventh season at the helm of the up-and-coming Terrapin softballa program. Her current career record is 591-399 (.597) and her record at Maryland is 269-192 (.584). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her career highlights:

    • Collegiate Record (16 years): 591-399 (.597)
    • Record at Maryland (8 years): 269-192 (.584)
    • Led the Terrapins to three straight NCAA Regionals appearances for the first time in school history
    • Earned first postseason appearance since 1999
    • 14 NFCA All-Region honorees
    • Coach of 2007 Easton and NFCA All-American
    • 15 All-ACC selections, including seven first team
    • Three All-ACC Tournament Team selections
    • Coached 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year Kerry Hickey
    • Three ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team members
    • 17 All-ACC Academic Team members
    • Four-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
    • 2005 NCAA South Regional Champion (led at-large team Bethune-Cookman to Super Regionals)
    • 2005 Super Regional Appearance
    • 2005 NFCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year

    Watten Adds Two to Staff
    Watten hired Terrapin alum Jillian Callaway and Shannon Riley this summer.
    • Callaway was an assistant coach for the Terrapins from 2004-06 after graduating. As a player from 1999-03, she was a standout infielder and finished her career on Maryland's all-time top-10 list for games played (195) and started (189), hits (128), and RBI (63). She owns and operates 5 Star Athletics, a program she founded to promote softball and instruct the top young players in the area. She has worked with current Maryland players Kaitlyn Schmeiser, Lindsey Schmeiser and Bridget Hawvermale through her program.
    • Riley, the director of operations, has worked with Callaway as the director of operations for 5 Star Athletics, managing business operations, organizing camps and clinics, and working with local programs and universities to promote softball. Riley played second base and was a slapper on the Mount St. Mary's softball team.


    Terps When...

    2013 Terps When...
    Overall 31-25
    ACC 13-8
    Non-Conference 18-17
    Home 18-8
    Road 6-5
    Neutral 7-12
    vs. Right-handed Starter 29-21
    vs. Left-handed Starter 2-4
    1-Run games 8-8
    2-Run games 4-2
    5+ Run games 16-11
    Day Games 28-21
    Night Games 3-4
    Extra Innings  
    Scoring 0-2 runs 1-13
    Scoring 3-5 runs 7-8
    Scoring 6-9 runs 11-4
    Scoring 10+ runs 12-0
    Opponent Scoring 0-2 runs 15-1
    Opponent Scoring 3-5 runs 10-9
    Opponent Scoring 6-9 runs 6-9
    Opponent Scoring 10+ runs 0-6
    Scored in first inning 18-5
    Opponent scored in first inning 9-14
    Scores first 20-4
    Opponent scores first 11-21
    Made 0 errors 14-6
    Made 1 error 10-9
    Made 2+ errors 7-10
    Opponent made 0 errors 3-11
    Opponent made 1 error 12-5
    Opponent made 2+ errors 16-9
    Out-hit opponent 24-4
    Out-hit by opponent 6-21
    Hits are tied 1-0

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