Terps Take Third Straight NCAA Bid
May 13, 2012
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team will head to Seattle this week for its fourth overall NCAA Regionals appearance. 16th-seeded Washington will play host to Texas Tech, Harvard and the Terrapins in the NCAA Regionals over the weekend.
The Terps (34-20) will take on No. 22 Texas Tech (40-15) Friday, with Harvard (33-13), the Ivy League champion, taking on No. 18 Washington (36-17). All games will be at the Husky Softball Stadium.
The Terrapins the Red Raiders will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday and the Crimson and the Huskies will play at 6 p.m. PT Friday. Saturday's games will be at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. PT. More information on live stats and where to watch will be available on umterps.com shortly. For more on the NCAA Tournament bracket, log on to http://www.ncaa.com/brackets/softball/d1.
This marks Maryland's third straight NCAA Regionals appearance (2010, 2011, 2012) for the first time in school history, and all are under seventh-year head coach Laura Watten. Prior to 2010, the Terrapins' only Regionals appearance was in 1999.
To end the regular season, the Terps won 14 of 16 games to clinch their Regionals bid. Last weekend, they took two of three from No. 19 Florida State in College Park.
In the Terrapins' ACC Quarterfinals game Thursday, Knight became the first Terrapin to notch 300 strikeouts in one season. She now has 301 on the year and is No. 2 on Maryland's all-time strikeout list with 782. She led the ACC in strikeouts, opposing batting average (.172), and innings pitched (254.0).
McLaughlin led the ACC with her .379 average through the regular season and her .460 average at the plate in league games. Last week, Galindo became Maryland's all-time hits leader with her 220th. She led the ACC in hits this season with 64.