Feb. 21, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team (1-2) earned its first win of the season against Temple (1-5), 10-3, in the second day of action at the USF Best Western-All Suites Hotels Tournament.
Maryland put the first run on the board in its first at-bat. Designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) smacked the ball to right field but was gunned down trying to stretch a double into a triple. Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) scored on the play to put Maryland up, 1-0.
The Terrapin lead was short-lived, however. The Owls took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning off a two-run homer by right fielder Laura Gutscher.
Maryland powered back into the lead in the top of the second. Right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna, Md.) continued her strong hitting from yesterday with a single down the left field line. Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) followed with a walk. The runners advanced on Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) sacrifice fly and Pollock scored on a throw to second base to tie the game. With a runner on second, freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) blasted a home run to give Maryland a 4-2 lead. The Terrapins added another run on a single and an error to go up, 5-2. Klein also drove in a sixth Maryland run in the third with a single up the middle.
The Terps put another four-spot up in the sixth off base knocks by Rizzuto and Lounge and a sacrifice fly by center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.). Cardoza drove in two with a single up the middle to give Maryland a 10-3 lead.
Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out nine in four and two-thirds innings for the win. Aditays moves to 1-1 on the season.
The Terrapins will begin bracket play later today, with a 5:30 p.m. bout with Rhode Island (0-3).