Maryland Softball Heads to Coastal Carolina

Feb. 15, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team travels to Myrtle Beach, S.C. this weekend looking to continue the momentum it gained in Florida at the FAU Kick-Off Classic last weekend. The Terps are competing in a three-way doubleheader against Elon and host Coastal Carolina Saturday and Sunday.

The Terps (3-1) are coming off a weekend where they recorded victories over 12th-ranked Michigan, Massachusetts and North Florida. Their only loss came in a rematch against Michigan last Sunday, 5-2.

Maryland's pitching staff has been a force to be reckoned with, allowing only three earned runs in 30 innings pitched, while striking out 23. The team ERA of 0.70 is second in ACC only to Virginia Tech. Kerry Hickey leads the Terps with nine strikeouts and two wins. Meredith Nelles has a 0.70 ERA while Sarah Dooley has recorded a win and a save.

Hickey also leads the Terps in batting with six hits in 12 at-bats for a .500 average. Sarde Stewart leads the team with three runs batted in and Meghan Booth has scored a run in all four games.

Elon (3-0) comes into the weekend having swept Savannah State at home Feb. 8-9, outscoring the Tigers 45-0. The Phoenix have been led by Allison Hartman, who has nine RBIs. The Terps have only faced Elon once in school history, winning the only match up, 14-3, in 2002. The Terps play Elon at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Coastal Carolina (2-4) plays at home for the first time this season after going to the Jacksonville University/Best Western Invitational Feb. 8-10. The Lady Chanticleers defeated UNC Greensboro, 2-1, for their first victory of the season and Jacksonville, 3-1, to conclude the tournament.

CCU's Ashley Pisone was selected as the Big South Player of the Week on Feb. 12. She is tied for the team lead in hits (six) and RBIs (three) and is second in runs scored (five). Maryland has defeated the Lady Chanticleers in all three all-time meetings, with the last victory coming in 2002. The Terps face off against Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Coastal Carolina will have live stats for all the weekend's games at this link

Sunday's game between Coastal Carolina and Maryland is the Big South Conference's Game of the Week. Live video of the game will be streamed online via THE EDGE on Subscriptions are available for $4.95 per game.