May 15, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team fell to No. 24 Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon in the 2004 ACC Softball Championship Tournament, 6-4. The loss eliminates Maryland (33-27) from the tournament.
Senior catcher Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led off the game with a double to left center field. The hit marked the third game in a row that Leiter has reached base to lead off the game. Junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) moved Leiter to third on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Leiter scored off a Georgia Tech infield error to give Maryland a 1-0 lead.
Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out the side in the second inning after dealing a leadoff walk to the Yellow Jackets' designated player Liz Bartle.
Georgia Tech tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth. With one out, second baseman Katie Donovan singled up the middle. She scored on the following play when Bartle knocked a double to the base of the center field wall.
The Yellow Jackets took over the lead in the top of the fifth inning. First baseman Kristina Hull singled to left and moved to second on a single through the left side by left fielder Sarah Wissmann. Center fielder Soraya Reddick grounded into a fielder's choice to erase Wissmann at second. With runners on first and second and one out, third baseman Kirin Kumar chased after a breaking pitch for Aditays' fourth strikeout of the day. Shortstop Tara Knudsen's single up the middle scored both Hull and Reddick to give Georgia Tech a 3-1 lead. Donovan and Bartle reached on back-to-back walks to load the bases. Tech went up 5-1 on catcher Tasha Waugh's two-out single to left. Senior Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) came in to relieve Aditays and forced Amy Hosier to fly out for the final out of the inning.
The Terrapins surged back into the game in the bottom of the sixth. Junior left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) reached base on an infield error to leadoff the inning. With one out, Cardoza lined an Erin Voeltz pitch off the top of the left field wall for a long single. On the next play, speedsters Tweedy and Cardoza hustled home on All-ACC second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) double to left center to bring the score to 5-3 in Georgia Tech's favor. Lounge scored on junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto's (San Leandro, Calif.) single to put Maryland within one run of tying the game.
Georgia Tech increased its lead to 6-4 in the top of the seventh off Knudsen's twelfth home run of the season.
Voeltz retired the bottom of the Terrapin lineup in order to end the game. She picked up her 16th victory of the season, while Aditays fell to 13-14 with the loss.