May 15, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team earned its second win at the 2004 ACC Championship Tournament in Tallahassee, Fla. after downing first-year program NC State, 6-0. Maryland will face No. 24 Georgia Tech at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in another elimination game.
The Terps struck early in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) drove the second pitch of her at-bat over the left center field wall to give Maryland a 1-0 lead. The home run was Leiter's career-best third on the season.
Senior pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) added to the Terrapin power surge in the second inning. She blasted NC State starter Abbie Sims' 1-0 pitch over the left field fence to put Maryland up, 2-0. The Terrapins looked to add more runs to their lead later that inning. Senior right fielder Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) singled to center field and moved to second on a single through the left side by freshman center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.). Gall was erased at third on a fielder's choice by junior left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). The Terps loaded the bases on Leiter's infield single but failed to score in the inning.
The Terrapins kept the runs coming in the bottom of the third. Third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) reached base on an error by Wolf Pack second baseman Heather Gelbard. She moved to second on a single by freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.). Both Klein and Rizzuto moved into scoring position on a wild pitch by NC State reliever Shaina Ervin. Rizzuto scored Maryland's third run on Cyphert's sacrifice fly.
After NC State halted the Terrapins' run production in the fourth inning, Maryland put another run on the board in the fifth inning to increase its lead to 4-0. All-ACC second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) led off the inning with a single down the left field line. Rizzuto moved Lounge over to second with a sacrifice bunt. The second baseman was driven in by fellow freshman Klein's single up the middle.
The Terrapins added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Leiter hit a one-out single through the left side of the infield and advanced to second on junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza's (Brockton, Mass.) infield hit. Lounge moved both runners into scoring position on a groundout. Rizzuto drove in both runs on a single to center to complete Maryland's 6-0 win.
Cyphert (12-9) picks up her second win in the tournament and her fifth shutout of the season. She allowed only three hits and struck out four batters in the win. Sims (20-11) pitched two innings for the loss. Ervin pitched the remainder of the game for NC State.
The Terrapins will face another elimination game this evening when they take on No. 24 Georgia Tech. Georgia Tech eliminated Virginia earlier in the day. First pitch is set for 5:30 p.m. Georgia Tech swept a doubleheader from Maryland during the regular season ACC series.