From the 2007 News Archive
Dramatic Game-winning Grand Slam Elevates Maryland to Second Place Finish in National Law School Softball Tournament
Fueled by a dramatic game-winning grand slam that capped an eight-run rally in the final inning, the University of Maryland School of Law topped eight-time defending champion Virginia in the semifinals of the national law school softball tournament before falling to Florida Coastal in the championship game.
Maryland has now finished second twice in the last four years at the championship, which brings 64 coed teams and more than a 1,000 law students from across the country to compete in the annual tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Entering the last inning of the semifinal trailing 23-15, Marylandís first 10 batters reached base without making an out. The eleventh batter of the inning, 2L Tom Prevas, then blasted the ball over the fence for a walk-off grand slam to send Maryland to the championship game with a 26-23 victory. Marylandís victory eliminated UVA, winner of 11 of the past 12 titles, from the championship game for the first time in the 17-year history of the tournament.
Maryland entered two teams in the tournament. Maryland Black won all three of its Saturday group games, beating Duke II 28-9, Northeastern 24-0, and Cornell 26-1. On Sunday, Maryland Black beat Washington & Lee 17-1, Penn State 18-8, and Catholic 21-5 to make it to the Final Four. Marylandís Red team advanced to Sunday's single-elimination Round of 48 and beat Duke before losing to William and Mary.
Students playing for Maryland Black were: Jon Baker, Patience Bosley-Burke, Jennifer Cook, Mark DeVry, Ieesha Gillis, Christopher Hautala, Candace Holmes, Wade Kirshy, Jon Kucskar, Tom Prevas, Alex Thompson, and Michael Wilensky. They were joined on the field by Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law Robert Percival, Director of the Environmental Law Program.
Playing for Maryland Red were students Ben Alpert, Jonathan Armacost, Nick Blendy, George Everly, Candace Gregory, Puja Gupta, Becky Herr, Matt Laver, Elaine Lutz, John O'Neil, and Jonathan Scruggs. Tom Prevas coached the Black Team, Ben Alpert coached the Red Team and Jennifer Cook managed all tournament logistics for the teams.