April 10, 2004
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of Maryland softball team split a doubleheader with North Carolina State University (29-19, 2-2 ACC), dropping the first game 5-0 and winning the second game 1-0. The win over the Wolfpack marked Maryland's first ACC win of the season and puts head coach Gina LaMandre within two victories of her 300th career win.
In the first game, NC State starter and ACC Player of the Week Abbie Sims (20-6) held the Terrapins hitless through the first three innings. Maryland starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) pitched well during the first three innings but ran into a jam in the fourth inning. NC State started off with a single up the middle by second baseman Heather Gelbard. Beth Poore entered the game as a pinch runner for Gelbard and advanced to third on a Terrapin error. With runners on the corners and no outs, Miranda Ervin singled in a run to put the Pack up, 1-0. The following batter, third baseman Jessica Chamberlin, knocked in three runs on a homer to center. NC State added a fifth run in the fifth inning off reliever Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.)
Things turned around for Maryland in the second game. Junior starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched a solid seven innings, allowing six hits in her second complete game shutout victory of the year. Aditays (9-7) struck out six batters in the win.
Maryland's only run of the day came in the fifth inning. Sophomore catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield. Senior designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) followed with a single to put runners on first and second with one out. Shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.), who was playing in her first doubleheader since an ankle injury sidelined her March 28, added another single to load the bases. Freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) drove home Greyson on a bases-loaded walk.
NC State had a chance to tie up the game in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on first and second with two outs, Ervin singled up the middle. Heather Jedrey tried to go home on the play but was thrown out by center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) to end the game.
The Terrapins will continue their trip on Tobacco Road with Sunday's ACC doubleheader at the University of North Carolina. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.