Feb. 12, 2013
FAU Kick-Off Classic Info
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Scouting The Terps
Maryland opens the 2013 season Friday with it's 1 p.m. game vs. Long Island. The Terrapins are coming off of a 34-22 season, in which they earned their third straight NCAA Regionals bid.
Maryland returns four seniors this year in Sara Acosta, Lexi Carroll, Nikki Maier and Melissa Mancuso.
The Terrapins have youth and plenty of it this year. They plan to use their talented, young players to their advantage. With seven newcomers, the Terrapins will learn quickly.
Head Coach Laura Watten returns eight starters and 11 letterwinners from last year's NCAA Regionals squad.
Scouting Long Island
Long Island is 0-4 on the year after opening its season last weekend in Clermont, Fla. The Blackbirds won the Northeast Conference last year and went to the NCAA Regionals for the ninth time in 13 years.
Maryland is 9-2 all-time vs. Long Island. In their most recent meeting, the Terps won 3-1 last year. In fact, the Terrapins opened their 2012 season against Long Island in the same tournament.
Scouting Florida Atlantic
Tournament-host Florida Atlantic is 1-4 after last weekend's USF-Wilson DeMarini Opening Day Tournament in Tampa, Fla.
Maryland is 4-6 all-time vs. Florida Atlantic. The Terps have gone to the FAU Kick-Off Classic in the past three years. Last season, they beat the Owls 4-1.
Toledo will open its season in Boca Raton as well. The Rockets went 18-38 last year.
Maryland is 0-1 vs. Toledo, after falling to the Rockets, 9-0, in 1995.
UMass will open its 2013 season this weekend as well. The Minutewomen won the Atlantic 10 last year and were picked to do so again this year. They went to NCAA Regionals last year.
Maryland is 1-4 all-time vs. the Minutewomen. The Terps lost to them twice last year in Alabama's Invitational Tournament.
Scouting No. 15 Michigan
Michigan is 3-1 after opening its season in Tampa last weekend at USF. The Wolverines went to NCAA Super Regionals last year.
Maryland is 2-8 all-time vs. Michigan. The Terps won 7-3 last year in this same tournament.
Play the Best
The Terrapins will play a strong schedule against a number of the nation's top teams.
The Terps will play seven games against teams in this week's USA Today/NFCA Division I Coaches Top 25.
The Terps will battle 16 teams that competed in last year's NCAA championships.
Laura Watten returns for her seventh season at the helm of the up-and-coming Terrapin softballa program. Her current career record is 560-374 (.600) and her record at Maryland is 238-167 (.588). Below is a breakdown of just a few of her career highlights:
- Collegiate Record (15 years): 560-374 (.600)
- Record at Maryland (7 years): 238-167 (.587)
- Led the Terrapins to three straight NCAA Regionals appearances for the first time in school history
- Earned first postseason appearance since 1999
- 14 NFCA All-Region honorees
- Coach of 2007 Easton and NFCA All-American
- 15 All-ACC selections, including seven first team
- Three All-ACC Tournament Team selections
- Coached 2011 ACC Pitcher of the Year Kerry Hickey
- Three ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District team members
- 17 All-ACC Academic Team members
- Four-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005)
- 2005 NCAA South Regional Champion (led at-large team Bethune-Cookman to Super Regionals)
- 2005 Super Regional Appearance
- 2005 NFCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
Watten Adds Two to Staff
Watten hired Terrapin alum Jillian Callaway and Shannon Riley this summer.
Callaway was an assistant coach for the Terrapins from 2004-06 after graduating. As a player from 1999-03, she was a standout infielder and finished her career on Maryland's all-time top-10 list for games played (195) and started (189), hits (128), and RBI (63). She owns and operates 5 Star Athletics, a program she founded to promote softball and instruct the top young players in the area. She has worked with current Maryland players Kaitlyn Schmeiser and Lindsey Schmeiser, Kelly Trimble and Bridget Hawvermale through her program.
Riley, the director of operations, has worked with Callaway as the director of operations for 5 Star Athletics, managing business operations, organizing camps and clinics, and working with local programs and universities to promote softball. Riley played second base and was a slapper on the Mount St. Mary's softball team.
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