Terps' Softball Defeats Virginia, 2-0, in Rain-shortened Game

April 20, 2008

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Sarde Stewart hit her seventh home run of the season to lead the University of Maryland softball team to a 2-0 weather-shortened victory Sunday afternoon on Senior Day at Robert E. Taylor Stadium. The Terps improve to 32-15 and 6-9 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while the Cavaliers drop to 14-33 and 5-13 in ACC play.

Before the game, Maryland's five seniors were honored for their accomplishments including Jenny Belak, Brittany Bessho, Meghan Booth, Whitney Reigel and Stewart.

Junior Sarah Dooley (14-11) pitched her fifth shutout of the season, allowing only two hits while striking out five. Dooley now has 144 strikeouts this season, the 10th most in a single season in school history, while her five shutouts are tied for the ninth most ever in a season. Her 14 wins are tied for eighth most in a season.

In the bottom of the third, after a Belak walk, Stewart stepped up and hit her team-leading seventh home run of the season to right field. Stewart now has 37 RBI on the season, moving into a tie for the fourth most in a season in school history.

Virginia starter Karla Wilburn (9-15) allowed four hits for her 10th complete game of the year in a losing effort.

Play was stopped in the bottom of the sixth with Stewart up and a 3-0 count with no outs.

The Terps return to action Wednesday when they play host to a non-conference doubleheader against George Washington starting at 4 p.m.

Virginia (14-33)	000 000   0 2 1
Maryland (32-15)	002 00X   2 4 1
Karla Wilburn and Kelly Haller; Sarah Dooley and Brittany Bessho. W - Dooley, 14-11. L - Wilburn, 9-15. HR - Sarde Stewart (7).