Feb. 22, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team (3-2) tagged the Temple Owls (2-6) for 12 hits for a 14-4 victory in the final day of action at the USF Best Western-All Suites Hotels Tournament. The game marked the second straight day that the Terrapins scored 10 or more runs off Temple.
The Terrapins got to work early on the Owls, scoring five runs in the top of the first. Temple pitcher Katherine White had control problems early on, hitting lead-off batter Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) with a pitch and walking Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) on four straight pitches. With one out and bases loaded, freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) knocked a two-RBI single through the left side to put Maryland up, 2-0. Third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) also contributed two RBI off a double to left field to bring the score to 4-0. Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) added a RBI single to complete the five-run inning.
The Terps tacked on two more runs in the third. Right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) started off the inning with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Greyson. Greyson ended up reaching on the play when Temple's first baseman dropped the ball. With two outs, Tweedy walked to load the bases and Cardoza was hit by a pitch to force in Pollock. Maryland went ahead 7-2 on an infield hit by freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.).
The Maryland scoring tear continued in the fourth inning when Lounge led off with a home run to left field. Lounge ended the day going 3-for-4 with five RBI. The Terps collected six hits in the inning and scored seven runs to force a five inning shortened game.
The Terrapins will hit the diamond next on Fri., February 27 at 1:30 p.m. against Michigan State. The team will be competing in the weekend-long Florida International University Tournament in Miami, Fla.