April 11, 2004
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of Maryland softball team (21-17, 1-3 ACC) lost two ACC games to the University of North Carolina (35-15, 5-1 ACC) Sunday afternoon. North Carolina sophomore Crystal Cox pitched a one-hitter against Maryland in the first game of the doubleheader for a 1-0 win. The Terrapins dropped the second game 5-3.
Maryland lead off hitter Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) started off the first game with a double to right field. The fast start would end up being Maryland's only hit of the game as Cox held Maryland hitless and scoreless for the remaining seven innings. Cox struck out nine batters in the complete game shutout. Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) pitched six innings and allowed six hits in the loss. The only run she allowed was on a home run by Dionne Streete in the fifth inning.
After falling behind 3-0 in the second inning of the second game, Maryland fought back inning by inning and eventually tied the game, 3-3, in the top of the sixth. The Terps put a run on the board in the fourth inning thanks to third baseman Crystal Rizzuto's (San Leandro, Calif.) RBI-single that scored Leiter. Maryland's second run came in the fifth inning when catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) scored on a wild pitch by reliever Ashley Allen. The final Maryland run came off the bat of Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), whose sixth inning home run tied up the game, 3-3.
The Terrapins couldn't hold on long enough, however. In the bottom of the sixth, Natashalyn Snipes led off with a triple. Snipes scored on the following play, putting the Tar Heels ahead, 4-3. The Heels added an insurance run off a Terrapin fielding error.
Maryland will return home to College Park for its next doubleheader Thursday afternoon against St. Francis of Pennsylvania. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.