Terps' Softball Takes Two to Win Maryland Invitational

March 9, 2008

Box Score

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Meredith Nelles pitched a two-hit shutout over Columbia as the 23rd-ranked Terps defeated the Lions, 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. In the Terps' second game, Sarde Stewart hit two home runs and added the game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh as Maryland (18-1) defeated Fordham, 13-12, to win the Maryland Invitational.

Stewart's single just over the second baseman scored Niki Lau as the Terps' winning streak grew to 15, a program record. The Fontana, Calif., native finished the day with four hits and six runs batted in.

After the Terps fell behind 7-1 in the third inning, they used two singles and two doubles to score four runs in the bottom of the fifth . Freshman Julie Lofland's two-run single scored Stewart and Kerry Hickey before Devon Williams' double down the left-field line tied the game at seven.

The Terps scored five more in the sixth, highlighted by Meghan Booth's two-run triple down the right-field line that gave the Terps the lead. The Rams responded with five of their own in the top of the seventh before Stewart's game-winning hit in the bottom of the inning.

Nelles (7-0) came on to pitch in the seventh for the win as the Terps improved to 7-0 on the season in one-run games.

In the first game, Nelles struck out the side in the sixth inning on her way to 10 strikeouts. Nelles was helped by great defense by third baseman Devon Williams, who had three assists in the field.

Jenny Belak singled and stole second to lead off the game. Stewart then doubled to left-center field to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. Williams singled in Hickey to round out the scoring against the Lions.

After Sunday's action, Belak moved up the all-time ranks in Terps history in many categories. With her four hits, Belak has moved into ninth all-time with 176 hits. She stole a base in each game and is now tied with Samantha Sweeney for most stolen bases with 45. She scored two runs and now is sixth all-time with 95.

The Terps return to action Wednesday as they play host to Pittsburgh. The doubleheader is slated for a 4 p.m. start.

Columbia	000 000 0   0 2 0
Maryland	200 000 x   2 8 1
Aimee Kemp and Anne Marie Skylis; Meredith Nelles and Brittany Bessho. W - Nelles, 6-0. L - Kemp, 1-4.

Fordham	        421 000 5   12 12 1
Maryland	102 045 1   13 14 1
Sarah Dooley, Kerry Hickey (1), Lindsey Wright (4), Meredith Nelles (7) and Brittany Bessho and Julie Lofland. W - Nelles, 7-0. L - 2-3, . HR - Jocelyn Dearborn, Allison Storc, Sarde Stewart 2 (3).