April 29, 2004
TOWSON, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team (27-21, 1-7 ACC) swept a doubleheader from interstate rival Towson (29-24) Thursday afternoon, taking both games by a score of 3-1. The win ties this year's team with the 2003 team's win total of 27 games (27-18).
In game one, Towson started the scoring by putting up a run in the first inning. Junior center fielder Jeanne Bosch hit a one-out double to right center and eventually scored on an RBI-single by senior right fielder Sara Foster.
Terrapin third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) led off the second inning with a single through the left side and advanced to second base on a fielding miscue in left field. A batter later, pitcher Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.), drove a pitch down the right field line but was robbed of a hit after Foster made a diving grab for an out. Rizzuto advanced on the play, but was left stranded at third base.
Maryland tied up the game in the top of the third inning thanks to infield singles and smart base running. Left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) led off with a single down the third base line. Cardoza beat out an infield single and advanced Tweedy, who moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by senior designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.), to third. With runners on the corners and one out, Cardoza stole second base and Tweedy moved home on catcher Jen Hastings' throw to second, tying the game at one run apiece.
The Terrapins threatened to score in the fourth. The Terps had bases loaded with one out. Right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) was gunned down at the plate on a fielder's choice. Maryland ended the inning without driving anyone home.
Maryland took the lead in the fifth inning. Freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) reached base after getting hit with a pitch by Towson starter Jessica Wides. On the following play, Rizzuto drove Klein home with a triple in the right field gap. Rizzuto scored on a sacrifice fly by Pollock, putting the Terps on top, 3-1.
Aditays (11-10) struck out a career-high 13 batters in the complete game win. Her former career-high was 10 strikeouts, which she tied against Columbia March 27. Wides (8-11), whose younger sister Whitney Wides (Gaithersburg, Md.) is an infielder for Maryland, fanned three batters and allowed six hits in the loss.
Freshman hurler Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) started the second game for Maryland. She gave up a run in the first inning after walking Towson's lead-off hitter and giving up an RBI-double to Foster.
In the fifth, the Terps pieced together a pair of infield singles and a sacrifice bunt to put runners on the corners with one out. Leiter drove in sophomore catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, 1-1.
Maryland tacked on two more runs in the top of the sixth. Klein, Rizzuto and Pollock hit three consecutive singles to load the bases with one out. Greyson hit an infield grounder. Shortstop Megan Zwoyer was unsuccessful on catching Klein for the force out at home, but her errant throw also allowed Rizzuto to score on the play, allowing Maryland to take a 3-1 lead. Lucas (3-1) allowed two hits and struck out seven batters in the complete game win. Towson starter Beth Wilcox (6-10) pitched six innings in the loss.
Maryland will head to Atlanta this Sunday for an ACC doubleheader against Georgia Tech (39-13, 3-5 ACC). The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.