March 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team lost its final game at the FSU Invitational to ACC-rival North Carolina, 2-0. The loss drops Maryland to 10-11 on the season.
The Tar Heels (18-13) earned both their runs in the third inning. UNC had runners on second and third with one out when right fielder Jessica Young smacked a base clearing double to right field. With two outs, the Tar Heels ended up loading the bases later in the inning, but Maryland right fielder Lauren Pollock's (Severna Park, Md.) diving grab prevented the Tar Heels from building up their lead.
Maryland had an opportunity to score in the sixth inning. The Terps put runners on base with bunt singles by center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) and left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). North Carolina starter Crystal Cox hit Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) with a pitch to load up the bases with no outs. The Terps squandered their scoring opportunity with a fly out, strike out and ground out.
Maryland hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out five and allowed seven hits in the loss. Cox (10-7) fanned 12 Terrapin batters, putting her one strikeout shy of her career high.
The Terps will play their first homestand Wednesday at 2 p.m. against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Admission to the game is free for all fans.