Softball Continues Road Swing

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Feb. 23, 1998

THIS WEEK: Maryland, which opened the 1998 campaign with a 3-2 mark, continue tournament play on the road this weekend, playing at East Carolina's Pirate Classic, Fri., Feb. 27 through Sun., March 1.

TOURNAMENT FIELD: The Pirate Classic field includes six teams: East Carolina, Maryland, Towson, UMBC, George Mason and Delaware.

Fri., Feb. 27
vs. Towson 9 a.m.
vs. UMBC 1 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28
vs. George Mason 9 a.m.
vs. Delaware 1 p.m.
Single Elimination 7 p.m.
Sun., March 1
Single Elimination TBA

TRIANGLE CLASSIC RECAP: Maryland opened its 1998 campaign at the Triangle Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C., and posted a record of 3-2. The Terps defeated Drexel (8-1), Rhode Island (8-0) and UNC-Wilmington (11-0) and lost to Miami-Ohio (4-2) and Georgia (1-0). Junior pitcher/infielder Kelly Shipman belted three home runs and had one triple over the weekend, while sophomore Cortney Madea and freshman Jen Potzman each added one apiece. Junior pitcher Tisha Killian had an impressive first outing on the mound--posting eight strikeouts against Drexel and allowing only one hit against Rhode Island. Shipman recorded 12 strikeouts against UNC-Wilmington.

HOT BATS: Maryland is hitting .307 as a team, and five of the Terrapin starters are hitting over .300. Sophomore left fielder Cortney Madea leads the team in hitting as she has posted a .500 average with one home run and six hits. Junior pitcher/infielder Kelly Shipman has a team-high seven hits and is hitting .438. She also has three home runs and six RBI, also team highs.

FIRST TIME OUT: Freshman infielder Jennifer Potzman opened up her college career with power hitting. Potzman is hitting .357, has scored four runs, has five hits, including one homerun and is second on the team in RBI.

ON THE MOUND: Junior Tisha Killian owns a 2-0 record and has a 0.00 ERA. She has pitched 12 innings and has recorded one shutout and 11 strikeouts.

NEXT WEEK: Maryland hosts the first annual Terrapin Invitational on Saturday and Sunday, March 7-8. Maryland welcomes Drexel, Princeton and UMBC to College Park. The Terps first meet Drexel on Saturday at 11 a.m. and then take on Princeton at 1 p.m. On Sunday, Maryland tackles UMBC at 11 a.m. and then continues with bracket play.

HEAD COACH GINA LAMANDRE: Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre is in her fourth year as head coach of the Terps, and owns a 77-82-1 overall record. LaMandre guided the Terps to a share of the 1997 ACC title, and was rewarded by her peers as the Speedline/NSCA Coach of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic region, her second such honor in her three years at Maryland.

ACC PRESEASON POLL: In a preseason poll of the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches, Maryland was picked to finish second behind Florida State. North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia Tech were picked to finish third, fourth and fifth, respectively.