#23/25 Maryland softball takes two from JMU

March 5, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Sarah Dooley pitched a one-hit shutout against James Madison to win, 1-0, on Wednesday afternoon. In the night-cap, the Terps (15-1) scored six runs in the first inning to fuel them to a 7-4 victory over the Dukes. The Terps have won 12 straight, their longest winning streak since a 13 game win streak in 2001.

Dooley (6-0) threw six strikeouts in the shutout and added five more in four innings of relief of the second game to bring her total to 37. She lowered her microscopic ERA to 0.58.

In the first game, the Terps only managed two hits through the first two innings off of JMU starter Meredith Felts before Sarde Stewart singled to lead off the inning. Krista Gould came on to pinch run and ended up scoring on Devon William's two out base hit.

In the fifth, Maryland's Niki Lau and Jenny Belak led off with a bunt single each. After a sacrifice fly to advance the runners by Meghan Booth, Stewart stepped up and singled to give the Terps a 3-0 lead.

Dooley was dominant early, striking out three out of the first five outs. She kept the ball down in the strike zone, only allowing one fly ball out.

Jenny Belak had two stolen bases and is now only four away from breaking the school record for career stolen bases.

In the second game, James Madison jumped out to a 3-0 lead on Amber Kirk's three run home run over the left field fence.

Maryland responded by batting around in the bottom of the first. Lau singled and advanced to third on a Stewart double. Kerry Hickey singled to score Lau and Brittany Bessho doubled to score two more.

Breanna Shaw singled Bessho home to give the Terps a 4-3 lead. Alex Schultz reached on an error and proceeded to steal second, giving the Terps runners at second and third with two down. Meghan Booth hit a clutch two-run single to center to give the Terps a 6-3 lead.

After the Dukes' Jenn Chavez scored on an error in the third, Dooley came on to pitch in the fourth and only allowed one hit the rest of the way. She struck out three batters in the seventh to seal the game for the Terps.

With a hit in both games, Hickey now has an 11 game hit streak. She is batting .420 on the season with 16 runs batted in. Hickey (4-0) got the win after coming into the game in the first inning, before the Terps' six run rally.

Coach Laura Watten will be talking about the success of the program this season on Terp Talk on ESPN Radio 1300am in Baltimore around 8:35 p.m. Thursday night.

The Terps return to action Friday as they host the Maryland Invitational. The Terps are scheduled to play Stony Brook at 5 p.m. and Seton Hall at 7 p.m. Other schools participating this weekend at Robert E. Taylor Stadium are Columbia, Fordham, and Mount St. Mary's.

James Madison	000 000 0 -  0  1 1
Maryland	000 120 X -  3 11 1
Meredith Felts, Shannon Outman and Julia Dominguez; Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho. W - Dooley, 6-0. L - Felts, 3-4.

James Madison	301 000 0 -  4  4  5
Maryland	610 000 X -  7  9  4
Branden Moss, Jenny Clohan and Julia Dominguez; Meredith Nelles, Kerry Hickey (1), Lindsey Wright (3), Sarah Dooley (4) and Brittany Bessho, Julie Lofland. W - Hickey, 4-0. L - Moss, 0-1. S - Dooley, 2. HR - Amber Kirk, 1