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Softball Prepares for ACC Tournament
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 06/21/1999

April 20, 1998

THIS WEEK:
Thursday April 23   No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 5 Georgia Tech       3 p.m.          
                    No. 3 Maryland vs. No. 2 Florida State      5 p.m.
                    No. 1 N. Carolina vs. W/O No. 4 vs. No. 5   7 p.m.
Friday April 24     Winners Brackets/Loser Brackets Games       TBA
Saturday April 25   Championship/Consolation Games              TBA 

DEFENDING ACC CO-CHAMP TERPS TRAVEL TO TALLAHASSEE FOR 1998 ACC TOURNAMENT Maryland will travel to Tallahassee, Fla., this week for the fourth annual Atlantic Coast Conference championship tournament. Maryland enters the event as the defending co-champion having earned the crown last season. In last season's ACC Tournament, Maryland was the No. 3 seed. It defeated No. 2 Virginia, 4-3, No. 4 Georgia Tech, 9-0 and No. 1 Florida State, 2-1. The Terps had advanced to the championship game against Florida State with the Seminoles having lost once and the Terps being undefeated but the championship game was canceled because of rain. Thus, both teams earned the conference co-championship.

LAMANDRE ON THE CUSP OF 100 CAREER VICTORIES Head coach Gina LaMandre needs only three victories to reach the century mark for her career. She enters the 1998 ACC tournament with 97 career victories in her four seasons at Maryland. LaMandre averages 24.3 victories per season.

MADEA ESTABLISHES SCHOOL RECORD FOR RBI Sophomore Cortney Madea (Northampton, Pa./Northampton) has set a school record for RBI in a single season with 31. Her 31 RBI surpasses the previous school record of 30 by current Terp junior Fawna Lackovic during the 1996 season. Madea broke the record with her first career grand slam home run against 14th ranked Florida State on Sunday.

MADEA AGAINST NO. 14 FLORIDA STATE Sophomore Cortney Madea tied her personal single-game career-high with four RBI against Florida State on Sunday in College Park. She had four RBI in game one against the Seminoles which matched her career high of four which also came earlier this season against Georgia Tech on March 23. Madea was three-for-six (.500) with one run scored during the doubleheader.

SHIPMAN IN RECORD BOOK - AGAIN Junior Kelly Shipman (Huntingtown, Md./Northern) hit her school record eighth home run on Sunday against Florida State. Shipman is battling freshman Jennifer Potzman for the team home run lead. Potzman enters the ACC Tournament with six home runs to her credit. Prior to this season, the school record for home runs by an individual in a single season was two by four different players. This season, three players have hit at least four home runs. Shipman already holds 10 single- season pitching and two single-season batting records at Maryland.

TERPS BY THE NUMBERS

.092 Junior Tisha Killian is hitting nearly 100 points higher this season, .306, than she was hitting for her career when the season began, .214.

.380 Junior Kelly Shipman is hitting a career-high .380 this season. She established the school record for batting average with a .325 mark as a sophomore 1997.

.500 Freshman Shelly Burrell (Owego, N.Y./Owego Free Academy) had two hits in four trips to the plate in the Terps' doubleheader split against Virginia. She had two RBI and one run scored on the day.

1 Junior Kelly Shipman is looking to become the first player in school history to have 50 hits in two consecutive seasons. She currently has 49 hits and had a career-high 52 last season.

2 Freshman Holly Meehan (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain) scored a career-high two runs against Virginia as Maryland defeated Virginia last week. Meehan reached base twice in three trips to the plate with a walk and a single.

3 Freshman Angie Zittle tied her career-high with three hits against Virginia. She had three hits in three trips to the plate as the Terps defeated the Cavaliers in game one of a doubleheader.

10 Junior Kelly Shipman has hit a single- season school record eight home runs this season and now has a program record 10 for her career.

20 Freshman Jennifer Potzman (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) has been walked a team -eading 20 times this season.

82 Junior Kelly Shipman has a school-record 82 total bases and is on pace to establish a new school record for slugging percentage. Her current .636 slugging percentage is a school record.

123 Junior Amy Sandler has 123 career hits to rank third in school history.

131 Junior Fawna Lackovic has 131 career hits to rank second in school history.

LACKOVIC CRACKS FIRST CAREER THREE-BASE HIT Junior Fawna Lackovic (Centreville, Va./Chantilly) hit her first career triple in Maryland's victory over Florida State in game one of Sunday's doubleheader. Lackovic now has nine extra base hits this season and 30 for her career. She is Maryland's all-time career leader with 24 doubles.

LACKOVIC SETS MARYLAND HITTING STREAK RECORD Junior Fawna Lackovic established a school record 15-game hitting streak from March 23 against Georgia Tech through last Friday, April 17 against No. 6 South Florida. Lackovic currently has at least one hit in 15 of her last 17 games. During the hitting streak, Lackovic's batting average for the season was a high as .369.

KILLIAN WITH A HOT STICK Junior Tisha Killian (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) is hitting a career-high .306 this season. She has smacked a career-high three doubles and a career-high one triple this season. Previously, her single season career-high batting average was .255 during the 1997 season and she entered the 1998 season with a career .214 batting average. Killian has three hits and has scored three runs in her last four games.

SANDLER AT THE BAT Junior Amy Sandler (Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto) is hitting a career-high .321 to rank third among Maryland's regulars. Her .321 batting average marks a personal single season career-high and is .083 percentage points above her career average entering the 1998 season. She has a career-high one triple and a career-high two home runs.

ZITTLE GOES YARD AGAINST VIRGINIA Freshman Angie Zittle (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake Senior) hit her first career home run, drove in a career-high four runs and had the first three-hit game of her career against Virginia on Tuesday. Zittle smacked a three-run home run in the second inning of the first game against the Cavaliers and started the Terps' winning rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shoe doubled to lead off the seventh and scored Maryland's sixth run of the game. The Terps won the game with three runs in the bottom of the seventh.



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