May 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team dropped a game to the University of North Carolina, 7-2, Friday evening in the 2004 ACC Softball Championship Tournament. Maryland falls to 32-26 with the loss, while North Carolina improves to 43-18.
The Terrapins jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Senior designated player Casey Leiter reached base on a walk to lead off the game. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.). With no outs, freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) singled through the left side to drive in Cardoza. The Terrapins had the opportunity to score another run, but Lounge was gunned down at the plate on a double steal attempt.
Junior hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) cruised along until the fifth inning. Tar Heel catcher Theresa Nicholas led off the inning with a single down the left field line. She reached second on a sacrifice bunt and then moved to third on a single by second baseman Anna Evans. The Tar Heels scored their first run when the Maryland defense misplayed a bunt. The play opened the floodgates and North Carolina went on to score five more runs on five hits in the inning to take a 6-1 lead.
North Carolina added another run in the sixth inning. Nicholas moved to third base on a single by first baseman Dionne Streete and then scored on a fielding miscue to put the score in the Tar Heels' favor, 7-1.
The Terps wouldn't go down easy in the top of the seventh. Freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) led off the inning with a double to left center. Senior reliever Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) doubled in Klein to bring the score to 7-2. With one out, Maryland loaded the bases but failed to score another run.
The Terrapins, who beat Virginia 5-3 earlier in the day, will face off against NC State Saturday at 12:30 p.m. If Maryland beats NC State, the team will play the winner of the Virginia versus Georgia Tech game at 5:30 p.m. If the Terrapins lose to NC State, they will be eliminated from tournament play.