April 15, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland head softball coach Gina LaMandre notched her 300th career coaching victory Thursday after Maryland swept St. Francis University of Pennsylvania in a non-conference doubleheader, 9-0 and 10-2. The win also marked the 300th victory in Terrapin program history, since LaMandre started the program in 1995 after earning her first head coach job. LaMandre's 299th win, which came in the first game of the doubleheader, proved to be special as Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) and Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) pitched a combined no-hitter.
Maryland took control of the first game early off junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza's (Brockton, Mass.) one-out solo home run. The Terps went up, 2-0, on Cyphert's RBI single to left center field. Maryland padded its lead in the second inning by taking advantage of three St. Francis errors. Junior left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) and freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) had RBI singles in the inning.
With a 5-0 lead, the Terrapin hit parade continued. Cardoza led off the inning with a walk and scored on freshman second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) triple to center field. Lounge's triple is Maryland's first of the season. Lounge scored on a sac-fly by Klein to put Maryland ahead, 7-0. Cyphert kept the rally going with a solo shot to dead center field, her third home run of the season. Sophomore center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) drove home Maryland's ninth run on a double to center. The game ended after the top of the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.
Despite Maryland's offensive explosion, the Terrapin pitching staff starred in game one. Cyphert (7-5) pitched four innings of hitless ball and struck out eight batters. Lucas closed out the no-hitter with two strikeouts in the fifth inning. Cyphert's last no-hitter, an individual effort, came just over a year ago against Coppin State on April 13, 2003. Earlier this season, Lucas combined with senior Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) to no-hit Rhode Island on Feb. 21.
The Lucas-Gall duo pitched the second game of the doubleheader. Lucas started the game and went two innings before Gall relieved her. The tandem gave up five hits to the St. Francis Red Flash. Gall earned the win and improved to 5-3 on the season.
The Terrapin hit parade continued into the second game, with Maryland knocking 14 hits in the 10-2 run-rule win. Both Cardoza and Tweedy went 3-for-4 in the contest. Junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.), sophomore catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Grossman had multi-hit games.
The Terrapins (23-17, 1-3 ACC) will hit the road this Saturday as they take on James Madison University (21-19, 6-3 CAA) in Harrisonburg, Va. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 1 p.m. Maryland's next home game will be this Sunday as they take on No. Florida State (45-4, 2-0 ACC) in an ACC doubleheader. The first game will start at noon. All fans are invited to stay after the doubleheader for a youth softball clinic coached by the Terrapin players and coaching staff.