March 21, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team dropped its final game of the Maryland Invitational to Brown, 3-1, at the Terrapin Softball Complex Sunday afternoon. Monica Cyphert pitched the complete game for Maryland, striking out six, while Lindsay Klein knocked in the Terps' run with an RBI single.
Maryland held an early 1-0 lead after Keri Lounge led off the second inning with a walk and scored on the single by Klein. Cyphert would go on to hold the Bears scoreless through six innings, despite battling windy conditions in College Park.
Brown (4-4) mounted its comeback in the seventh inning, however, on a Laura Leonetti triple that brought in two runs. Leonetti would go on to score on a Jaimie Wirkowski single and the Bears went up, 3-1, heading into the bottom of the seventh.
The Terps (13-13) could not come up with a rally of thier own, as Bears' pitcher Marissa Berkes retired the final three batters she faced.
Cyphert, in addition to her six strikeouts, went 2-for-3 at the plate.
In earlier action from the Maryland Invitational, Boston College dominated UMES, 9-0, to earn a spot in the tournament's championship game. Leading the Eagles was Elena Ferrero with four RBI.
The title game of the tournament was between Boston College and Brown, and due to a change in the tournament schedule the consolation game between Maryland and UMES was not played.
After falling behind by as many as nine runs late in the game, Brown tried to put together another comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning, but it proved too late as the Bears fell, 9-7.
Leading Boston College (16-9) to the title was Jacqui Goodchild (two RBI) and Erin Mackey (two RBI).
Maryland returns to the diamond next weekend when it hosts the Terrapin Invitational in College Park. Scheduled to compete are the Terps, Pittsburgh, Columbia and Delaware State.