March 27, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team won its first two games in the Terrapin Invitational. The tournament hosts won their opening game against Pittsburgh, 9-6, and captured a 5-4 extra-inning game over Columbia.
In the first game, Maryland (15-13) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a RBI-double by starting pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) and a RBI single by right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.). The Terrapins added a third run in the third inning off first baseman Lindsay Klein's (Orange, Calif.) RBI single up the middle.
The Panthers battled back in the bottom of the third, scoring three runs off Cyphert. Second baseman Francesca DiMaria drove in a run with a double down the left field line. Two batters later, catcher Heather Andrews hit a two-run homer over the fence in left center. Pittsburgh put two more runs on the board in the fourth inning off a two-RBI double by pinch hitter Christa Hunter.
The Panthers carried a 6-3 lead into the seventh inning when Maryland rallied for six runs. The Terrapin hit parade started with catcher Casey Leiter's (Lake Stevens, Wash.) single to left field, followed by second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) single to left center. After Cyphert walked, Klein drove in two runs with a single to left center. Pollock tied up the game with a sacrifice fly. Shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) delivered the game-winning blow to the Panthers with a three-run homer, putting Maryland ahead for good, 9-6.
Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) entered the game to pitch in the fourth inning and allowed one run in two and two-thirds innings of work. She earned the victory and moves to 4-3 on the season. Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched a perfect seventh inning for her first career save.
In the second game, Aditays pitched a complete nine innings in Maryland's 5-4 win over Columbia. The junior pitcher fanned 10 in the victory. The Terrapins were leading 4-1 in the fifth inning when Columbia came back to tie up the game, 4-4. After the international tie breaker's rule was put into effect in extra innings, the Terrapins scored the game-winning run in the ninth when Lounge doubled in Leiter.
The Terrapin Invitational will continue tomorrow with Columbia and Pittsburgh facing off at 10 a.m., followed by Maryland taking on Delaware State at noon. The consolation game will be played at 2 p.m. and the championship game will take place at 4 p.m.