April 11, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team has been ranked 22nd in the year's first ratings percentage index (RPI) released by the NCAA Wednesday. The Terps travel to Raleigh, N.C. Saturday to face off against Atlantic Coast Conference rival NC State in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. The series finale takes place Sunday at 1 p.m. The Terps have won six of their last seven and are 29-10, 3-6 in ACC play.
The 22nd RPI ranking is the highest Maryland has been ranked in head coach Laura Watten's three years. North Carolina, ranked 13th, is the only ACC team ranked higher than the Terps. The RPI is a critical factor during the NCAA tournament selection process. There will be two more releases before the NCAA tournament.
The Terps swept Georgetown in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday. In the first game, junior Sarah Dooley pitched a three-hit shutout in a 1-0 victory. In game two, sophomore Lindsey Wright allowed only one hit in an 8-0 Terrapin win.
The Wolfpack come into the series with a record of 23-19, 6-6 in ACC play. NC State is led by Alyssa Allbritten, who is batting .345 with seven home runs and 26 RBI. Other power threats for the Wolfpack are Shanna Smith, who has seven homers and Kristine Bechtol, who has six.
Maryland leads the all-time series 6-5. The two teams split four games last year, with the Terps winning the final meeting, 3-2, in the 2007 ACC tournament.