Feb. 29, 2004
MIAMI, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team avenged its earlier loss to Stony Brook by beating the Seawolves 6-3 in the consolation game at the Golden Panthers adidas Tournament.
The Seawolves got off to a quick start against Maryland starter Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio). Leadoff hitter Rachael Vogl led off with a single to right field. She advanced to second on a stolen base and moved to third on a ground out. She scored on a double to right center by first baseman Kristen Brust, whose home run gave the Terps a 1-0 loss Saturday. Stony Brook center fielder Jane Stein sprayed a double to right field, scoring Brust. After a two-out walk, Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre yanked Lucas in favor of Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.). The first batter Aditays faced, Margaret Blair, singled to right field. Stein advanced home when Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) bobbled the ball in the outfield.
The Terrapins fought back in the bottom of the fourth. Pollock led off with a single up the middle. Pollock then advanced to second on her first career stolen base. Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached on a dropped throw to first. Pollock scored on the play to bring the score to 3-1. With two outs, left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.), Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) and Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) hit three consecutive singles, tying up the game at 3-3.
Maryland's bats kept their momentum from the previous inning going in the fifth. Freshman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) led off with a single up the middle and advanced to second on Pollock's infield single. Greyson moved the runners into scoring position with a well-laid bunt right in front of the plate. Stony Brook starter Angela Andrews beaned Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) to load the bases. The next batter, center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) delivered a double down the left field line to score Lounge and Pollock and put Maryland in the lead, 5-3. Maryland added a sixth run off an infield single by Tweedy.
Aditays struck out seven and allowed only one hit in six and one-third innings. She moves to 2-3 on the season. Klein and Cardoza earned all-tournament honors for their performances this weekend.
Maryland will head to Athens, Ga. next weekend for the University of Georgia Invitational. The Terps will kick off the tournament against Ball State at 10 a.m. Friday, and will face Winthrop and Georgia later in the weekend.