Maryland Softball Splits Doubleheader with NC State

April 12, 2008

Box Score

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sophomore Alex Schultz hit her first home run of the season and junior Breanna Shaw scored two runs to lead the University of Maryland softball team to a 5-3 victory over NC State in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. In the first game, Shanna Smith's walk-off, two-run home run propelled the Wolfpack over the Terps, 3-1. The Terps move to 30-11 on the season, 4-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Wolfpack move to 24-20, 7-7 in ACC play.

In the second game, Jenny Belak singled in the third inning before Schultz hit ball off the foul pole in left field to give the Terps a 2-0 advantage. It was Schultz's fourth home run of her career and first since April 11, 2007 against Georgetown.

The Wolfpack responded with a two-run home run of their own in the bottom of the third when Smith hit her second of the day after Blair Harkey walked.

Maryland hit back immediately when Belak singled to score juniors Devon Williams and Breanna Shaw to give the Terps a 4-2 lead. The throw to home plate beat Shaw home, but the Ellenwood, Ga. native slid around the tag of NC State catcher Alyssa Allbritten to score the run.

Smith struck for her third home run of the day to lead off the bottom of the fifth to cut the Terrapin lead to one, 4-3. She now has 10 home runs on the season. The Terps extended the lead to 5-3 in the sixth when Shaw scored her second run of the game on a Niki Lau single.

In the bottom of the seventh, NC State's Lauren Peters singled down the right-field line, but Allison Presnell was caught in a run-down trying to advance to third. After Blair Harkey hit into a fielder's choice, Maryland's Sarah Dooley replaced starter Lindsey Wright and induced pinch hitter Mackenzie Mangum into a soft line out to Shaw to earn her third save of the season.

Maryland starter Lindsey Wright (3-0) struck out four batters and only allowed four hits to earn her first ACC victory of her Terp career. Wolfpack starter Mendy McKenzie (11-7) pitched a complete game and struck out five in a losing effort.

In the early going of the first game, NC State had the best chance to score in the bottom of the third inning. The Wolfpack loaded the bases with one out, but Dooley induced pinch hitter Mackenzie Mangum to pop out to shortstop and Allbritten to ground out to first baseman Sarde Stewart to end the threat.

Maryland struck first in the fourth inning after Brittany Bessho doubled and the heavens opened up, causing a two hour, 21 minute rain delay. After the delay, Williams singled to left field that left fielder Ashleigh Davis bobbled to score Bessho to give the Terps a 1-0 lead.

The Wolfpack tied the game in the sixth inning when Kristine Bechtholdt doubled to score Shanna Smith, who doubled to lead off the inning. Dooley had gone over 12 innings without allowing an extra-base hit before Smith's double.

NC State's Allison Presnell walked to lead off the bottom of the seventh and advanced to third after two sacrifice bunts. Kerry Hickey relieved Maryland starter Sarah Dooley (13-8) before Shanna Smith hit the home run to win it for the Wolfpack.

Dooley finished with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings pitched for the Terps in a losing effort, while Lindsay Campana (13-13) finished with eight strikeouts and allowed one unearned run to pick up the victory for the Wolfpack.

Senior Jenny Belak's first at-bat of the day broke the school record for most at-bats in school history. With her seven at-bats today, she now has 695 for her career.

Maryland	000 100 0   1 5 1
NC State	000 001 2   3 5 2
Sarah Dooley, Kerry Hickey (8) and Brittany Bessho; Lindsay Campana and Alyssa Allbritten. W - Campana, 13-13. L - Dooley, 13-8. HR - Smith (8).

Maryland (30-11)	002 201 0   5 6 0
NC State (24-20)	002 010 0   3 4 0
Lindsey Wright and Brittany Bessho; Mendy McKenzie and Alyssa Allbritten. W - Wright, 3-0. L - McKenzie, 11-7. S - Dooley, 3. HR - Schultz (1), Smith 2 (10).