Maryland (24-17, 0-2 ACC) vs. George Mason (33-12, 5-1 CAA)
DH * Wednesday, April 17, 2002 * 3 p.m.
George Mason Field * Fairfax, Va.
April 16, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - One week after dismantling local non-conference rival Towson as they opened the new softball facility in College Park, the Maryland Terrapins travel around the Capital Beltway for a meeting with another local non-league foe -- George Mason. Gina LaMandre's squad meets the Patriots for the 22nd time in the series and second time this season, giving the Terps a chance to avenge a 1-2 March 30 loss in the 2002 GMU Spring Clash. The doubleheader begins a 3 p.m. in Fairfax.
Led by senior hurler Amanda Bettker's (St. Petersburg, Fla.) superior no-hit pitching performance against the Tigers, the Terrapins captured a 7-0 Game 1 victory, before freshman Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) displayed her poise in tough situations to hang onto a 3-2 win in Game 2. Red-hot redshirt sophomore Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) sparked the Terrapins at the plate last Wednesday with a 4-for-6 (.667) performance that included a double, stolen base and three runs scored. Senior Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) powered the Terps with two doubles as part of a 3-for-6 (.500) effort, while sophomore Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) registered two base hits and three RBI.The Terrapins' total effort at the plate resulted in seven doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs.
Towson Doubleheader Re-Scheduled For April 30The away doubleheader that was originally scheduled for March 20 at Towson has now been re-slated for April 30 at 3:30 p.m. The games had been moved to Towson due to rain and postponed until the eventual date could be found for re-scheduling. The doubleheader meeting between the Terps and Tigers will be the second this season.
Scouting George MasonThe Patriots bring a CAA-leading 33-12 record (5-1 in the Conference) into Wednesday's doubleheader against Maryland. The Patriots handed the Terps their only loss during the George Mason Spring Clash tournament in March after first baseman Kim Braxton's two-RBI double staked a 2-1 win for the host Patriots (March 30).
Freshman standout shortstop Stacy James leads the CAA in hitting with a .426 batting average. James was also named the conference Player of the Week for March 18 and had a 2-4 day at the plate against Maryland in the teams' first meeting earlier this season.
The Patriot pitching staff's 2.24 ERA is tops in the CAA. Starters Jill Regan and Rene Leveque sport a 19-4 record and 81 strikeouts combined. Along with sophomore Dianna Austin, who pitched a perfect game against Mount St. Mary's earlier this season, the trio's collective ERA is an impressive 1.74.
Senior outfielder Linda Young ranks first in the CAA in homeruns (7) and RBI (47). Earlier this season, Young became George Mason's single-season leader in both offensive categories.
Patriot head coach Beth Fulcher is off to her best start ever in her five seasons with George Mason. Fulcher was teammates with Maryland assistant Rachel Lawson and coached by current Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre on the 1992 UMass Minutewomen team that finished third in the College World Series.
Maryland owns a 14-7 record against the Patriots all-time, and has won 13 of the last 14 meetings.