March 3, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland Softball's Meredith Nelles and Kerry Hickey have been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Softball Pitcher and Player of the Week, respectively, after leading the Terrapins to a perfect 4-0 record at the Knight Games Tournament in Orlando, Fla., this past weekend. The weekly honors are the first for Maryland Softball this season and the first since Lindsey Ubrun in April 2006.
In four games last week, Nelles gave up just eight hits and zero earned runs to earn her third, fourth and fifth wins of the year. In a Wednesday start against UMBC, she pitched her second complete game of the season, shutting out the Retrievers in an 8-0 win.
At the weekend tournament in Orlando, Nelles threw 4.2 innings against Villanova, 3.2 innings against Florida A&M, and then a perfect seventh inning against Central Florida, helping the Terps pull out wins in each game. In the four appearances, she pitched 14.1 innings, posted three wins and one save, while striking out 16 batters. Nelles is now 5-0 this year.
Hickey, a native of Huntingtown, Md., batted .500 in 18 at-bats in games against UMBC, Villanova, Vermont, Florida A&M and Central Florida last week. The freshman posted at least one hit in every game last week, driving in 10 runs and scoring five times, as Maryland outscored its opponents 31-6 in six games.
Hickey blasted two home runs, one triple, one double, and drew four walks in the six contests, boosting her season batting average to .442. She currently leads the Terps in nearly every offensive category, and owns a .721 slugging percentage. Hickey also owns a 3-0 record in the pitching circle with a 1.24 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched.
The Terps will host a Wednesday double-header against James Madison this week before taking part in the Maryland Invitational this weekend in College Park, Md. At 13-1 overall, they currently hold the best winning percentage in the ACC.