April 30, 2008
TOWSON, Md. - Senior Jenny Belak broke the all-time hits record for Maryland softball with 214, but the Terps dropped the first game of a doubleheader to Towson, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon. In the second game, the Terps used two, five-run innings to propel them to a 12-3 victory in five innings for head coach Laura Watten's 100th win at Maryland. The Terps moved to 35-19 on the season, while the Tigers moved to 33-24.
Belak led off the top of third inning of the first game with a bunt single, breaking Kelly Shipman's nine-year old record. She added to the hits record with a single in the second game. She stole two bases to extend her record to 57. Belak also holds the career records for triples with 12 and at-bats with 742.
Junior Breanna Shaw doubled to left field in the top of the first of the second game to score Alex Schultz and Sarde Stewart to give the Terps a 2-0 lead. Senior Meghan Booth hit the first home run her career, a three-run shot to left field, to extend the Terps to five.
Towson's Mindy Bean led off the bottom of the first with a home run to center field before the Terps struck for two more when Stewart doubled down the left field line to score Belak and scored on a fielding error by Tiger shortstop Sammi DiPompo.
In the top of the third, five Terp players came across the plate, highlighted by Stewart's three-run bomb to left scoring Schultz and Belak to give the Terps a 12-1 advantage. Stewart now has 10 home runs and 46 RBI on the season.
Towson added two more on Bean's second home run of the game, this time a two-run shot to left field.
Maryland starter Lindsey Wright (6-2) struck out four in her fifth complete game of the season. Tiger starter Britney Croner (2-5) took the loss, allowed six earned runs, while Kelly Ebner allowed one earned run in three innings of relief.
In the bottom of the first inning of the first game, Towson's Mindy Bean walked and advanced to second on a Nina Navarro groundout. Aimee Rosa's single to score Bean was Rosa's 33rd RBI of the season.
Maryland responded when Senior Brittany Bessho scored on a Kerry Hickey RBI single in the second. In the third, Belak and Stewart singled before Belak scored on a Bessho fielder's choice. Stewart scored on a Shaw groundout to give the Terps a 3-1 lead.
Towson pulled within one on a Meaghan Clark walk with the bases loaded, but Maryland starter Sarah Dooley induced Kim Lempa into an easy fielder's choice to third base to end the threat without any more damage.
In the bottom of the seventh, Rosa hit her tenth home run of the season and Clark singled home Emily Gould to win the game for the Tigers.
Dooley (15-14) struck out four batters in 6 2/3 innings pitched, but took the loss for the Terps. Dooley now has 165 strikeouts, tied for sixth most in a single season at Maryland. Tiger starter Shannon Johnston (17-12) threw three strikeouts in her 19th complete game of the season to take the win.
The Terps travel to Boston College for their final series of the regular season, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Maryland 012 000 0 3 6 1 Towson 101 000 1 4 9 1Sarah Dooley, Lindsey Wright (7) and Brittany Bessho; Shannon Johnston and Meaghan Clark. W - Johnston, 17-12. L - Dooley, 15-14. HR - Aimee Rosa, 10.
Maryland (35-19) 525 00 12 12 1 Towson (33-24) 102 00 3 3 4Lindsey Wright and Brittany Bessho; Britney Croner, Kelly Ebner (3) and Aimee Rosa. W - Wright, 6-2. L - Croner, 2-5. HR - Meghan Booth (1), Sarde Stewart (10), Mindy Bean 2 (7).