Feb. 21, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - Maryland starting pitcher Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) and freshman Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) hurled a combined no-hitter against the Rhode Island Rams (0-4) in the first round of bracket play at the USF Best Western-All Suites Hotels Tournament. The Terps (2-2) won the game in five innings, 15-0. Gall (1-0) struck out seven en route to the victory and Lucas added two strikeouts in her inning of relief work.
Maryland took an early lead in the top of the third. Senior designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.), who has been hitting ropes all weekend, played little ball and placed a perfect bunt single right in front of home plate with two runners in scoring position. Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) sped home on the play to put Maryland up, 1-0.
In the fourth inning, the Terrapin offense dominated Rhode Island's defense. The Terps led off the inning with four consecutive hits, including a double by second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) and an RBI-single by catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.). Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) powered the Terps to a 6-0 lead with a two-run homer to left center. The Terps scored three more runs off Rhode Island fielding errors to increase their lead to 9-0.
The red-hot Maryland bats started the fifth inning off with back to back doubles by outfielders Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) and Tweedy. The Terrapins ended up scoring six runs in the inning to go up 15-0 and force a five inning game.
Maryland will play Temple in the final game of the tournament at 9:00 a.m. Sunday. Temple (2-5) won its evening game against Pittsburgh, but lost to Maryland 10-3 in its first game today.