March 17, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team swept a doubleheader in its home opener against Rutgers Wednesday. The Terps won the games 6-4 and 6-0 respectively. The fifth inning proved to be a hot time for Maryland's offense, as the Terrapins scored a combined eleven runs in that inning during the doubleheader.
Rutgers (6-9) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first game. The Terrapins didn't stay down for long, however, and exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fifth. The inning was highlighted by designated player Monica Cyphert's (Warren, Ohio) bases-clearing double to right center. Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) gave up three runs to the Scarlet Knights and was replaced by freshman Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) in the fifth. Lucas (2-1) allowed two hits and picked up the win in her relief effort. Leah Black (3-4) took the loss for Rutgers.
In the second game, the Terps got on the board in the second inning off freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein's (Orange, Calif.) solo home run to right center. Klein kept her power stroke going in the fifth inning when she hit a second home run, this time driving in three runs. Klein now leads the Terrapins with four home runs on the season. Maryland scored two more runs in the inning to increase the lead to 6-0.
Klein finished the game with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate with two runs scored and four RBI. Junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) went 2-for-2 with a double in the victory.
Cyphert (3-1) gave up three hits in her first complete game shut out of the season. Rutgers starter Christina Gillman (1-1) struck out four in the losing effort.
The Terrapins hit the diamond again this Saturday at the Maryland Invitational tournament. Maryland will take on Boston College at 11 a.m. and Maryland-Eastern Shore at 1 p.m. Admission to the two-day tournament is free.