2007 ACC Softball Championship: Maryland Eliminates Defending ACC Champion NC State, 3-2
May 10, 2007
With the win the Terrapins improve to 33-25, while the Wolfpack fall to 41-19 on the season. The Terps wait to learn their next opponent as the squad will face the loser of the Virginia Tech/Florida State game, which will be played tomorrow, Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
The first run of the game came in the bottom of the second as Maryland first baseman Lindsay Klein got things started with a walk from NC State pitcher Shaina Ervin. Klein was advanced to second following a sacrifice bunt from catcher Jennifer Wellborn. Klein moved to third after third baseman Brittany Bessho hit a single to right field. A sacrifice fly designated player Sarde Steward earned her 17th RBI of the season and brought home Klein to put the Terrapins on the board early.
Extending the lead to 3-0 was Terp senior Amber Jackson, who earned All-ACC first team honors on Wednesday, as she tied the league's single-season home run record with her 24th of the year and first of the four-day tournament. With the out-of-the-park beam, Jackson tallied two RBI, bringing home centerfielder Alex Schultz, who had taken a base on a fielder's choice.
NC State center fielder Blair Harkey would not let the Wolfpack go out without a fight as the junior led a late rally with a double to left center. After right fielder Amber Sims walked and first baseman Allison Presnell singled to second base, the Terrapin defense faced a comeback situation with bases loaded. Although with two outs, the Maryland defense prevailed and left three runners on base to close the sixth inning.
Second baseman Kristine Bechtholdt continued to fight for NC State as the rookie tabbed a double to left field to open the seventh inning. After senior Heather Gelbard walked, freshman Claudia Cooper singled to shortstop, advancing Ashleigh Davis, who was pinch running for Gelbard. It was then that third baseman Jen Chamberlin brought the Pack within one run, sailing a double to right center, collecting her 42nd and 43rd RBI of the season as Cooper and Davis crossed the plate. 2007 ACC Player of the Year Sims grounded out to third base, closing the inning and sealing the win for the Terps.