April 17, 2004
HARRISONBURG, Va. - The University of Maryland softball team swept a doubleheader from James Madison University, 5-0 and 3-0, Saturday afternoon at the James Madison University Softball Complex. The wins improve Maryland to 25-17 on the season. James Madison falls to 21-21.
In the first game, Maryland put up a run in the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead. Junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) led off with an infield single. She advanced two bases on a bunt single by junior left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). Freshman first baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) drove in Cardoza with a sacrifice fly.
The Terps increased their lead to 2-0 in the second inning. Junior right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) beat out a throw by James Madison shortstop Katie George for an infield single. Pollock scored two batters later off Cardoza's second infield single of the game.
The Terps capitalized on a Dukes fielding miscue that opened the flood gates for a three-run seventh inning. Senior designated player Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) knocked in a run with a single, and first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) and junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) contributed RBI-doubles to give Maryland a 5-0 win.
Terrapin starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had a perfect game through three and one-third innings until second baseman Kelly Berkemeier broke it up with a single to center field. Aditays (10-8) finished up her complete game shutout with three strikeouts and three hits. The win marked Aditays' third shutout of the season. Dukes starter Liz George (8-9) was charged with two earned runs in the loss.
The second game started out much like the first, with Maryland taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Cardoza led off with a single to right field and scored on Lounge's double to right center.
The Dukes threatened to score in the third inning. With one out, game two starter Cyphert walked two batters and gave up a single to load the bases. Cyphert quickly gained her control back and fanned the next two batters to end the inning.
James Madison starter Briana Carrera held the Terps scoreless until the top of the seventh. Cardoza hit a one-out single and Lounge walked. Both base runners advanced on a wild pitch. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Cyphert gave herself some insurance runs by roping a double to right center. Cardoza and Lounge scored on the play to put the Terrapins up, 3-0.
Cyphert struck out six batters and allowed three wins for her second straight shutout.
Maryland will be back in action tomorrow as it hosts No. 2 Florida State in an ACC doubleheader. First pitch is set for noon. All youth fans in attendance are invited to stay after the doubleheader for a fielding and pitching clinic led by the Terrapin players and coaching staff.