April 8, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Sarah Dooley's three-hit shut out propelled the University of Maryland softball team to a 1-0 victory over Georgetown in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. In the second game, Lindsey Wright pitched a one-hit shutout as the Terps won, 8-0. The Terps improved to 29-10 on the season.
In the first game, Dooley (13-7) struck out nine batters including five in a row on the way to her fourth shutout of the season. She only allowed three hits and scattered three walks for her eighth complete game of the year.
Georgetown starter Jennifer Connell (13-20) took the loss, allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
In the second game, the Terps struck early for three runs in the first inning. Senior Jenny Belak singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Stewart singled Belak home before Kerry Hickey doubled down the left-field line to score Stewart. Hickey scored the final run of the inning on a throwing error off a ball hit by Devon Williams.
The Terps scored three more in the fourth, starting when Stewart doubled to score Belak. Brittany Bessho singled but the throw was wide of first base, allowing Stewart to come across the plate. Hickey stepped up and singled home Bessho to widen the lead to 6-0.
Wright (2-0) finished with four strikeouts with only one hit allowed for her second complete game in as many starts and first shutout for in a Maryland uniform. Georgetown starter Melissa Conners finished with two strikeouts and four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in a losing effort.
The Terps return to Atlantic Coast Conference action Saturday as they travel to NC State for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The series finale is Sunday at 1 p.m.
Georgetown 000 000 0 0 3 1 Maryland 100 000 0 1 4 0Jennifer Connell and Suria Bahadue; Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho. W - Dooley, 13-7. L - Connell, 13-20.
Georgetown (18-28) 000 000 0 1 4 Maryland (29-10) 300 302 8 12 1Melissa Conners and Suria Bahadue; Lindsey Wright and Brittany Bessho. W - Wright, 2-0. L - Conners, 5-8.