Maryland Softball Takes On No. 2 Florida State Sunday

April 17, 2004

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team (25-17, 1-3 ACC) will host Florida State University (46-5, 3-1 ACC) Sunday, April 18 in an ACC doubleheader. The first game will begin at noon. Admission and parking to the Terrapin Softball Complex are free. Fans in attendance will receive a free 2004 Maryland softball poster schedule and can also participate in a youth clinic following the second game.


  • All youth fans attending today's doubleheader are invited to stay after the second game for a pitching and fielding clinic. The Terrapin coaching staff and players will share their expertise with any interested fans!


  • Terrapin hurlers Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) pitched 5-0 and 3-0 shutouts, respectively against James Madison on Saturday. Both Aditays and Cyphert picked up their third shutouts of the season with the wins.
  • Cyphert's 3-0 shutout was the second she's contributed to in as many games. She threw a combined no-hitter against St. Francis last Thursday.
  • In Saturday's doubleheader sweep against James Madison, the Terrapins gave up only three hits in each game.


  • The Seminoles (46-5, 3-1 ACC) had a 23-game ACC win streak snapped Saturday by Virginia. The Seminoles were winning the game, 4-1, but Virginia battled back to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 win. The Seminoles took the first game of the conference doubleheader, 1-0.
  • Florida State boasts an impressive 10-3 record against ranked opponents this season. Jacksonville and Virginia are the only unranked teams to beat the Seminoles.
  • All-American Jess van der Linden leads the ACC in pitching with a 0.54 ERA. She also ranks among the league's best hitters with a .380 batting average. FSU's other starting pitcher, Casey Hunter, sports the third-best ERA in the conference at 0.64.
  • Freshman sensation Veronica Wootson carries a .355 batting average into Sunday's doubleheader. Wootsen also demonstrates a powerful stroke, ranking second on the Seminoles with six home runs and eight doubles.


  • Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre collected her 300th career coaching victory against St. Francis last Thursday in a 10-2 win.
  • LaMandre, who has been the only head coach in Terrapin history, started her head coaching career at Maryland in 1995.
  • LaMandre notched her 100th career win against George Mason (April 28, 1998) and her 200th career win against Princeton (March 24, 2001).
  • Under LaMandre's coaching, the Terrapins were the co-champions of the ACC in 1997 and reached the NCAA Regional Finals in 1999.
  • The head coach has received several accolades throughout her career. She was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year in 1996, 1997 and 1999. She was also selected as the ACC Coach of the Year in 1999.


  • In Thursday's doubleheader against St. Francis, Maryland pitchers Cyphert and freshman Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) combined to no-hit the Red Flash in a five-inning, 9-0 win. Cyphert pitched four innings and Lucas pitched one inning to close out the no-hitter.
  • The no-hitter marked Cyphert's first since last season. Her last no-hitter was an individual effort April 13, 2003 against Coppin State.
  • Lucas is no stranger to combined no-hit performances. She combined with senior Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) to no-hit Rhode Island back on Feb. 21.


  • Junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) missed four games after suffering an ankle injury in Maryland's March 28 contest against Pittsburgh. Cardoza returned last weekend for the Terrapins' ACC match-ups against North Carolina and NC State.
  • Since her return, Cardoza has elevated her batting average from .349 to .364. She's gone 10-for-24 (.417), scored eight runs and collected three RBI in her last six games.


  • Freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) currently ranks among Maryland's top hitters with a .339 batting average.
  • In her past four games, Lounge has gone 6-for-13 (.462) with five RBI and four runs scored.