May 8, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team lost both ends of a non-conference doubleheader to No. 13 Alabama, 3-1 and 3-0. The losses drop Maryland to 29-25 on the season. Alabama improves to 41-16.
In game one, starting pitcher Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) held Alabama scoreless until the third inning. Center fielder Jackie Wilkins started the Crimson Tide rally with a one-out single up the middle. She then stole second right before catcher Ashley Courtney walked. With two runners on, second baseman Leah White singled up the middle to load the bases. Wilkins scored on a walk by McClain, putting Alabama ahead 1-0.
Maryland countered back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 1-1. Left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) reached base on a bunt single. She then scored on an RBI double by shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.).
The Crimson Tide took the lead for good in the top of the fourth. Shortstop Dominique Accetturo singled through the left side to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and then scored on a single by left fielder Angela Johnson. Wilkins scored on a double by Courtney to give Alabama a 3-1 win.
Alabama starter Jennifer Wright (13-1) struck out 11 Maryland batters and gave up three hits in the complete game win. Aditays (12-12) struck out five in the loss.
Similar to the first game of the doubleheader, Alabama started its scoring in game two during the third inning. Kellie Deska walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Courtney walked and Accetturo's double drove both baserunners home to give Alabama a 2-0 lead.
Alabama added another run in the top of the fifth off Wilkins' home run to left field.
Maryland took the 3-0 loss despite outhitting Alabama, six hits to five hits. Second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) went 2-for-3 and Tweedy went 2-for-2 in the game.
Terrapin starter Monica Cyphert struck out five batters in the loss. She falls to (9-9) on the season. Alabama reliever Stephanie VanBrakle took the win, striking out five batters in four innings of work.
Maryland will be back in action Sunday, May 9 in an afternoon doubleheader against Villanova. The Terrapins will be honoring seniors Cyphert, Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.), Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) in their final home game. The first game is set to get underway at 1 p.m. Admission and parking to the Terrapin Softball Complex are free of charge.