March 6, 2004
ATHENS, Ga. - The University of Maryland softball team rolled to a 10-4 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in their first game of Day Two action at the Georgia Softball Classic. The win extends Maryland's four-game win streak. Maryland's record improved to 8-5 with the victory and locked up a spot in Sunday's 2 p.m. championship game.
Maryland jumped out to an early lead in its first at-bat. Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) led off the game with a single through the left side. Freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) laid down a bunt to advance Cardoza. An errant throw put Lounge on base and allowed Cardoza to move to third. Two plays later, Cardoza scored on an infield single by Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) to put Maryland on the board, 1-0. The Terps scored a second run on Monica Cyphert's (Warren, Ohio) sacrifice fly to center field.
Maryland kept the hits coming in the second inning. Sophomore center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) led off the inning with a hard-hit single up the middle. Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) legged out a bunt to put runners on first and second. With one out, Lounge ripped a double in the gap to score both Grossman and Tweedy and bring the score to 4-0 in Maryland's favor. Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) drove in Lounge with a single to give Maryland a 5-0 lead.
Winthrop took advantage of two fielding miscues in the third inning. Shortstop Stephanie Turney led off the inning with a double to center field. She scored on a one-out single by Sarah Bargeron to put Winthrop on the board, 5-1. With two outs, the Maryland defense booted a ball hit to third base, which let in two Winthrop base runners and made the score 5-3.
The Eagles had another scoring opportunity in the fourth. Right fielder Lindsey Merriman led off with a double. On the next play, Lounge made a diving stab for a ball and tagged second in time to double up Merrimen.
Center fielder Janiva Willis smacked a triple to center and scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning. The run brought the game to 5-4 in Maryland's favor.
The Terps added some insurance runs in the sixth. Cardoza and Klein reach base on walks. They were doubled home by Pollock, bringing the score to 7-4.
Lounge, Klein, Pollock and Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) all had multi-hit games for the Terps.
Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched five innings and allowed one earned run for her fourth win this season. Cyphert held the Eagles hitless in two innings of relief. Winthrop starter Shahna Ashard (4-3) took the loss.
Maryland's next game is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. this afternoon. The Terps will take on tournament host Georgia (14-4) in what will most likely be a preview of Sunday's championship game.