March 13, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team competed in three games Saturday at the FSU Invitational. The Terrapins dropped a 6-2 game to Notre Dame and lost a 6-0 bout against No. 11 Michigan. Maryland handled St. Louis in its third game for an 8-0 victory.
After dropping two games early in the day, the Terrapins recovered against St. Louis. Maryland jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning. Senior designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) delivered the big blow of the inning, knocking in three runs on a double to right field. On the following play, freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) drove in Leiter on a double to right.
Maryland added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. With a runner on second, freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) knocked her third home run of the season and second of the tournament over the center field wall. The blast put Maryland up, 7-0. The Terrapins added an eighth run off shortstop Nneka Cardoza's (Brockton, Mass.) RBI-double to right center.
Freshman pitcher Elyse Lucas pitched masterfully for the Terrapins to earn her first collegiate win. She struck out five batters in five innings of work. Lucas had a no-hitter going through four innings. Center fielder Adrienne May broke up the no-no with a bunt single to third in the top of the fifth.
Maryland will play its final game of the FSU Invitational at 10 a.m. Sunday against ACC-rival North Carolina (17-15). The match-up will be Maryland's first against an ACC opponent this season.