Maryland Softball Splits Doubleheader with Pitt

March 12, 2008

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Junior Meredith Nelles threw a three-hit shutout as the University of Maryland softball team defeated Pittsburgh, 6-0, on Wednesday afternoon. Down three in the second game, the #23 Terps rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but fell to the Panthers, 5-4. The loss breaks a 16 game winning streak, the longest in school history.

Senior Jenny Belak tripled to drive in three runs in the second inning and scored on a sacrifice squeeze by Meghan Booth. It was Belak's ninth triple of her career and she is now one shy of tying the school record. Her two hits today moved her into eighth place all-time with 178.

Nelles (8-0) finished with seven strikeouts with only one walk. The Wilmington, Del. native has now been the winning pitcher in her last three appearances. Nelles moved three wins away from tying fourth place in school history with 36.

In the second game, after the Panthers jumped out to a two-run lead in the first inning, Brittany Bessho's two-run home run off of Kayla Zinger in the fourth inning, tied the game at two.

Pittsburgh's Reba Tutt hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth inning that gave the Panthers a 4-2 lead. Sam Card hit a solo shot two batters later to finish the scoring for Pitt.

Maryland's Alex Schultz singled home Devon Williams in the seventh inning to cut the lead to two. The Terps cut the lead to one on a bases-loaded walk by Meghan Booth to score Alex Schultz. Berliner then induced a double play to end the game.

Pitt's Kaitlyn Schuster (2-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings for the win. Cory Berliner (6-4) got the loss in the first game, but earned her second save of the year in the second game after getting all three outs in the seventh. Sarah Dooley (7-2) took the loss after striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings pitched.

The Terps return to action this weekend as they play host to the Maryland Spring Break Classic. Maryland's first game of the tournament is on Friday at 5 p.m. when they face off against St. Peter's. UMBC, Lehigh, Niagara, and Valparaiso are also competing in the tournament