May 9, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team took two games from Villanova University on Senior Day at the Terrapin Softball Complex. The first game went 11 innings, with Maryland taking the game 1-0. The Terps came from behind to take the second game, 2-1.
Senior Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) pitched a perfect game through seven and one-third innings in the first game. Villanova third baseman Sarah Wall broke the effort at perfection with a single to left field.
Maryland had seven hits in the game and left 10 runners on base. Maryland took advantage of its opportunity to score after a one-out triple by freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.). With two outs, senior right fielder Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) singled to right center field to drive in Klein for the 1-0 11-inning win.
Cyphert (10-9) went the distance for the Terrapins. Her 11 innings pitched is the second-most innings she's pitched in her career. She pitched 13 innings in a victory over St. Joseph's April 24, 2002. She struck out nine for the win. Villanova reliever Shannon Williams took the loss. Williams entered the game in the fifth inning after starter Kristen Haynes hit her fourth batter of the game.
In the second game, Villanova took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth on a RBI-double by right fielder Allie Wisniewski.
The Terrapin offense fought back in the bottom half of the inning. Junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) led off with a single up the middle. She advanced to second after sophomore catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached base after being hit by a pitch. Sophomore center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) drove home both Rizzuto and Greyson on what would be the game-winning RBI-double to left field.
Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out five batters and allowed eight hits in the complete game victory. She improves to 13-12 on the season. Williams (20-13) allowed seven hits in the loss.
Maryland will head to Tallahassee, Fla. for the 2004 ACC Softball Championship Tournament this Friday, May 14. The Terrapins will take on Virginia at 1:30 p.m. Friday. If the Terrapins win, they will face North Carolina later on that day. If they lose, they will take on the loser of the Georgia Tech vs. NC State game.
Senior Liz Gall has embodied the concept of a team player ever since her arrival at Maryland...and head coach Gina LaMandre lauds her as one of the hardest working athletes on the team. Liz has seen time as both a pitcher and outfielder during the course of her career. This season, she has reached career marks in wins, strikeouts and innings pitched. Liz combined with teammate Elyse Lucas to pitch Maryland's first no-hitter of the 2004 season against Rhode Island and also combined with Monica Cyphert to pitch the fifth perfect game in Terrapin history against Morgan State during her freshman season. Liz is also an outstanding student...She maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her junior year and is a member of both the Maryland Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and the ACC Honor Roll. The Bothell, Wash., native will graduate with a degree in elementary education.
Senior Jen Peel served as Maryland's starting second baseman during her freshman and sophomore seasons before being sidelined due to medical reasons during her junior campaign. Jen has still been a contributor to the team whenever she is needed and has been a team leader off the field. She is among Maryland's Top 10 players all-time in sacrifice hits and sacrifice flies. Jen also ranks in the Top 10 for walks and sacrifice hits in a season. The St. Leonard, Md. native has been a member of Maryland's Intercollegiate athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and will graduate with a degree in physical education.
Casey Leiter has been a four-year starter for the Terps and also a great team leader. As one of the team's most versatile athletes, she has spent time in the outfield, third base and shortstop, but has spent most of her career as the Terrapins' catcher. This season, she is maintaining career highs in batting average, doubles and home runs. She also appears in the top ten of Maryland's career leaders list in games played, games started, at-bats, runs, hits, RBIs, sacrifice hits and sacrifice flies. Casey excelled on the field as well as off it, maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout her junior year. She is a member of the Maryland Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and the ACC Honor Roll. This Lake Stevens, Wash. native will graduate with a degree in communications and pursue her graduate degree at Willamette College. She will also serve as Willamette's assistant softball coach.
Senior pitcher Monica Cyphert has been a force at the plate and in the pitching circle for Maryland over the past four years. She is among Maryland's all-time offensive leaders in doubles and home runs. She is also in Maryland's top five of every career pitching category. Monica was named to the 2003 All-ACC Team after having one of the best seasons in Maryland history. Her 2003 ERA of 1.51 placed her seventh all-time in the Maryland single-season record book, and her 162 strikeouts ranked her for the sixth-most strikeouts in a season by any Terrapin pitcher. Monica is also a member of the Maryland Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll and will graduate with a degree kinesiology. The Warren, Ohio native is also completing the pre-nursing program here at Maryland.