Maryland Hands Fullerton a 6-2 Loss to Open Day Two in Palm Springs

Feb. 25, 2006

CATHEDRAL CITY, CA - Maryland's Nikki Smith and Lindsay Klein each homered to offset five Terrapin errors as they cruised to a 6-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton to open day two of play at the 2006 Palm Springs Classic.

The Titans fell to 6-7 overall while Maryland improved to 5-4.

Smith gave her side the early lead, sending a rocket over the right centerfield fence, scoring Meghan Booth and Klein ahead of her for the 3-0 advantage. Maryland made it 5-0 with a pair of unearned runs in the fourth when Jennifer Belak's inning-ending pop up was dropped, allowing Keri Lounge and Natalie Grossman to touch home plate for the 5-0 lead.

Fullerton finally broke through on the scoreboard in the fifth as Ashlee Weatherford singled and moved to second when the Terps centerfielder couldn't corral the ball. Pinch runner Whitney Kroh was then sacrificed over and scored on Amanda Kamekona's single to center, cutting the deficit to 5-1.

Maryland bounced back in its half of the fifth as Klein led off with a round-tripper to right centerfield, restoring the five-run advantage.

Fullerton added a run in the seventh as Molly Perez, who got her first hit on Friday night against Illinois-Chicago, reached on an infield single and scored on Kamekona's triple to right center to make it 6-2. Terps starter Crystal Crews then reentered and got an unconventional double play to end the game as Crystal Vieyra was thrown out on a dropped third strike and the return throw home caught Kamekona trying to break for the plate.

Titans' starter Brooke Weekley (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing four earned on seven hits in six innings. Crews (5-0) earned the win for Maryland, allowing one unearned run on two hits while striking out six in 4 2/3 innings.

Kamekona finished 3-for-4 with both RBI for Fullerton to lead the offense. Four other Titans had single hits.

Cal State Fullerton concludes day two action here in Cathedral City at approximately 5:30 pm against Oklahoma State.