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#9 Meredith Nelles
Position: Pitcher/Utility
Height: 5'8"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
High School: Brandywine

Watten on Nelles: "Meredith is an emotional leader as well as a physical leader on this team. She's someone that I'm going to really look to to step up and be a positive influence and a positive role model in a lot of different ways because she has the experience."

As a Sophomore:Finished the year as the Terps number one pitcher ... led the team in innings pitched (191.0), stikeouts (141), and wins (19) ... her nineteen wins were tied for third most in Maryland history ... 45 appearances are second most all-time for a Maryland pitcher ... 2006 season ranks 10th on the Maryland single season list with 141 strikeouts ... had a season high nine strikeouts in six innings of work against Delaware State (4/7) ... did not allow a run in 11 appearances.

As a Freshman (2006): Compiled a 9-9 record and 3.06 ERA in 36 appearances ... notched first career win with an 11-5 decision over Illinois-Chicago ... ranked sixth in the ACC with 8.37 strikeouts per game ... recorded three shutouts, tied for seventh among ACC pitchers ... struck out 21 batters with no walks in back-to-back starts against Brown (March 28) and Mount St. Mary's (March 29) ... named to inaugural ACC-All Academic team.

Before Maryland: Played under coach Walter Hagelstein at Brandywine High School in Wilmington, Del. ... two-time first team all-state pitcher in 2003 and 2004 ... team finished 19-2 in 2004 while Nelles set the single-season record for strikeouts with 262 ... holds the single-season RBI and doubles record (set in 2003) ... had a 0.50 ERA her senior year at Brandywine High School ... set single-season strikeout record for Brandywine (262 in 126 innings) ... first team all-state high school pitcher ... team finished first in Blue Hen Flight A Conference ... MVP of 2003 PONY Delaware State Champions ... led team in batting average (.574) and slugging percentage (.885) in 2003.

Personal: Born May 1, 1987 ... daughter of Dave and Nancy Nelles ... has a sister, Kelly ... dreams of owning a BMW 23 Roadster ... lists her family and teammates as the inspiration for her career ... says she started playing softball instead of baseball because she thought boys had cooties ... loves shopping at Foot Locker ... majoring in elementary education.

Nelles on the mound...
Year	W-L	ERA	G-GS	CG	IP	H	R	ER	BB	SO
2006	9-9	3.06	36-20	6	105.1	102	50	46	28	126
2007	19-15	3.15	45-32	6	191.0	194	110	86	65	141
Total	28-24	3.12	81-64	12	296.1	296	160	132	93	267

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