March 5, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Sarah Dooley threw a one-hit shutout in the opening game and 23rd-ranked Maryland rode a six-run first inning to a victory in the nightcap as the Terrapins swept James Madison, 3-0 and 7-4, in a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday at Robert E. Taylor Stadium.
The Terrapins are now 15-1 on the season and have won 12 straight, their longest winning streak since the 2001 team captured 13 straight. The Dukes fell to 7-7 overall on the year.
In the opener, Dooley allowed only a one-out double to JMU catcher Julia Dominguez in the fifth inning. The transfer from Panama City, Fla., finished off the victory by allowing only one walk and striking out six in earning her first complete-game shutout of the season.
She improved her record to 6-1 and now has 37 strikeouts and a microscopic earned-run average of 0.58 after time in the pitching circle in 13 of the Terps' 16 games.
Jenny Belak led the Terrapins offensively, going 4-for-4 at the plate in the first game, adding a pair of stolen bases. Sarde Stewart and Niki Lau added two hits each to Maryland's 11-hit effort in the opener.
Maryland took the lead with a run in the fourth inning on an RBI single by Devon Williams, and added two more in the fifth on a two-run single from Stewart.
Dukes shortstop Amber Kirk put JMU ahead 3-0 in the first inning of the nightcap with a three-run home run. But Maryland came charging back offensively in the bottom of the inning.
The Terps exploded for six runs, the largest single-inning of the year, as they sent 10 hitters to the plate. With one out, Lau walked and Stewart followed with a double. Kerry Hickey drove in Lau with a single and Brittany Bessho tied the game at 3-3 with a two-run double. Breanna Shaw then picked up an RBI single to put Maryland ahead.
Maryland added a single run in the second inning on an infield error by JMU, which suffered five in the second game. The Dukes came within 7-4 with a run in the third inning.
Shaw and Booth each finished with two hits for Maryland in the nightcap, while Kirk finished with a 2-for-3 effort to lead the Dukes offensively. Terrapin freshman Kerry Hickey extended her hitting streak to 11 games with hits in each game.
Hickey picked up the win in relief in game two, running her record to 4-0. Dooley came back from her first-game heroics to earn the save for the Terps, allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out five in four innings of relief to pick up her second save of the season.
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 1Meredith 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 4Branden 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