March 12, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team won its opening game against Georgia State, 4-1, at the Florida State University Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla. The Terps dropped their second game Friday to Troy State, 8-3.
Pitcher Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) started the first game for Maryland. She silenced the Georgia State Panthers' bats through the first three innings. Aditays (5-4) allowed only four hits and one earned run for a complete game victory. Aditays had five strikeouts on the day, three of which came when she struck out the side in the second. Georgia State starter Andrea McNary (2-4) took the loss.
The Terps manufactured three runs in the third inning. Left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) led off the inning with a bunt single and Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) followed with a walk. Freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) legged out a bunt to load the bases. Maryland scored its first run off Lindsay Klein's (Orange, Calif.) RBI-single to right field.
Maryland added to its lead when Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) drove in two runs with a single down the left field line. Klein went 3-for-3 with two RBI against Georgia State. Tweedy contributed two hits and scored one run in the victory.
In the second game, Lounge got the Terrapin scoring started in the first inning when she hit a solo home run to right field. The blast marked her second of the season.
The Terrapins lost control of the game early in the second inning. Starting pitcher Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) gave up a series of walks and singles to put the Terps down early. Troy State was leading 3-1 in the second with two outs when a defensive miscue opened the floodgates for the Trojan offense. By the time Maryland worked out of the inning, Troy State compiled a 7-1 lead.
Freshman hurler Elyse Lucas (Newbury, Ohio) entered the game in the third inning and pitched five effective innings for Maryland. Lucas, who had not pitched since Feb. 29 versus Stony Brook, allowed one run on four hits and struck out one batter.
Maryland will continue its play in the FSU Invitational against Notre Dame and No. 11 Michigan. The Terps will take on the Irish at noon and the Wolverines at 2:00 p.m. Saturday. Maryland will enter bracket play later in the day. The game time and opponent will be announced tomorrow after preliminary bracket play is complete.