March 5, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Maryland softball team took the opening game of the Georgia Softball Classic against Ball State, 2-1. The wins move the Terrapins to 6-5 on the season.
Maryland put a run on the board in the first inning off a single up the middle by freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.). Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.), who singled up the middle in her at-bat, scored on the play.
The Terps added another run in the second to go up, 2-0. Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) roped a single down the left field line to lead off the inning. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.). Catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) singled to move Pollock to third. Winthrop starter Randi Freese hit center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) with a pitch to load the bases with one out. On the following play, Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) singled through the left side to score Pollock.
Ball State scored a run in the bottom of the inning to make the final score 2-1.
Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out five and allowed only two hits in her first complete game of the season. The win brings Aditays' record to 3-3. Freese (0-2) pitched two innings for Ball State before being relieved by Quincy Duran, who gave up no runs.
The Terps will face off against UNC-Wilmington (6-6) at 2 p.m. Friday in their second day at the Georgia Softball Classic.