March 20, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team bounced back from a 3-2 loss against Boston College to no-hit Maryland-Eastern Shore for a 9-0 win in five innings. Senior Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) struck out a career-high 11 batters in the Terrapins' second no-hit effort of the season. Gall and freshman Elyse Lucas combined to no-hit Rhode Island in the first weekend of play, Feb. 21.
The Terrapins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against the Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks in the first inning. Junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) led off the inning with a double and scored on freshman second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) sacrifice fly. In the second inning, Maryland added two runs off catcher Rachel Greyson's (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) first collegiate home run.
Maryland went up 6-0 in the third inning after scoring three runs on a Hawks error. In the fourth inning, Lounge's three-run blast, her fourth home run of the season, locked up Maryland's 9-0 win.
In addition to her no-hit performance, Gall (3-3) contributed a double and scored a run in the victory.
Maryland started the tournament with a 3-2 loss to soon-to-be ACC conference competitor Boston College. Maryland tied up the game at 1-1 in the second inning off an RBI double down the right field line by junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.). The Eagles went ahead in the fifth inning, 2-1, on a double by first baseman Elyse Meredith. They put up a third run in the fifth after their offense strung together three hits.
The Terrapins made a run at the Eagles in the seventh inning, but it proved to be too little too late. Maryland scored a run on a bases-loaded walk to bring the Terps within one run. The Terrapins failed to capitalize on the opportunity to either tie or win the game with bases loaded and two outs.
Maryland will continue play at the Maryland Invitational this Sunday at noon against Brown (3-3). Following the Brown game, Maryland will either play in the tournament's consolation game at 2 p.m. or will play for the tournament championship at 4 p.m.
Scores from Saturday's action at the Maryland Terrapin Invitational:
Boston College 3, Maryland 2
Maryland 9, Maryland-Eastern Shore 0
Boston College 3, Brown 2
Brown 9, Maryland-Eastern Shore 1