April 13, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Maryland softball team scored six runs in the seventh inning to tie NC State before the Wolfpack scored in the bottom of the inning to win, 7-6, on Sunday afternoon. Maryland falls to 30-12 on the season, 4-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Wolfpack improved to 25-20, 8-7 in ACC play.
The Terps' seventh inning rally started with a Breanna Shaw walk and advanced to second on a Whitney Reigel single. Niki Lau came on to run for Reigel and Meghan Booth reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Senior Jenny Belak singled to score Breanna Shaw and Niki Lau.
After an Alex Schultz fly out, senior Sarde Stewart singled to score Meghan Booth and Belak. Brittany Bessho then stepped up and hit a double to the right-field gap to score Stewart from first. Freshman Kerry Hickey then singled to right to score pinch runner Lauren Ghent to complete the comeback.
In the bottom of the seventh, NC State's Lauren Peters reached on an error and advanced to second on a Lisa Nentwig single. Shanna Smith walked to load the bases with two outs before Ashleigh Davis singled home Peters to win the game for the Wolfpack.
In the NC State third, Smith walked to lead off the inning and stole second base. Ashleigh Davis stepped up and bunt singled her way on before Alyssa Allbritten hit a sacrifice fly to deep right to score Smith. Maryland starter Sarah Dooley walked three batters in a row to score Davis before pinch hitter Allison Presnell singled to score pinch runner Eliza Jacobellis to give the Wolfpack a 3-0 lead.
After sophomore Lindsey Wright relieved Dooley in the third, Smith hit her fourth home run of the weekend against the Terps to lead off the fourth inning. Two batters later, Allbritten hit a two-run home run to extend the lead to 6-0.
In the sixth, the Wolfpack loaded the bases with no one out before Dooley came back in to pitch and retired the side without allowing anymore NC State damage.
Dooley (13-9) finished with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Reliever Lindsey Wright allowed two earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Kerry Hickey came on to pitch a perfect fifth and finished with no runs allowed in one inning of work. Campana (14-13) allowed five earned runs with four strikeouts to earn the victory for the Wolfpack.
Senior Jenny Belak continued her pursuit of the school record for career hits with two hits Sunday. She now stands just six shy of the all-time mark of 212 set by Kelly Shipman
The Terps return to action with a non-conference doubleheader at Penn State on Wednesday starting at 4 p.m.
Maryland (30-12) 000 000 6 6 8 3 NC State (25-20) 003 300 1 7 8 1Sarah Dooley, Lindsey Wright (3), Kerry Hickey (5), Dooley (7) and Brittany Bessho; Lindsay Campana and Alyssa Allbritten. W - Campana, 14-13. L - Dooley, 13-9. HR - Smith (11), Allbritten (8).