April 18, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team lost two games to Florida State University, 7-0 and 2-1 Sunday afternoon. The losses bring Maryland to 25-19 on the year and 1-5 in ACC play.
Behind the strong pitching of game two starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), Maryland stayed in close range of Florida State's lead throughout the game. The Seminoles (48-5, 5-1 ACC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning off pitcher Jessica van der Linden's RBI-double to right field.
After the first, Cyphert settled down and kept Florida State off the board until the fifth inning. The Seminoles went up, 2-0, on a solo home run by designated player Katie Fricke. The home run was Fricke's second on the year.
Freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) showed some power of her own in the bottom half of the fifth, driving a solo home run over the left field fence to bring the score to 2-1.
The Terrapins threatened to score in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Cyphert reached first on an error by Seminoles' third baseman Kim Hoffer. After working van der Linden to a full count, junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.), who singled earlier in the game, roped a ball to the left side of the infield only to have a hit taken away from her on a leaping grab by Seminoles' shortstop Tatiana George. The Terrapins failed to get a hit and left pinch runner Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) stranded on first base.
Cyphert (8-6) struck out three batters and gave up five hits in the loss. van der Linden allowed two hits and struck out 13. She improves to 21-4 on the season.
In the first game, the Terrapin offense had a tough time figuring out starter Casey Hunter. Hunter (27-1) gave up only one hit, a double by Klein in the fourth inning.
Game one starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) was charged with the loss. She pitched four innings and allowed six runs. She falls to 10-9.
The Terrapins' next doubleheader will be Friday, April 23 when they host LaSalle. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.