May 2, 2004
ATLANTA - The University of Maryland softball team dropped an Atlantic Coast Conference doubleheader to Georgia Tech on Georgia Tech's Senior Day, 10-2 in six innings and 1-0. The loss drops Maryland to 1-9 in the conference and 27-23 overall.
In the first game, Maryland fell behind in the second inning, 3-0. Right fielder Amy Hosier led off the inning with a bloop single to left. With two outs, Maryland starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) walked third baseman Kirin Kumar to put runners on first and second. The following batter, center fielder Soraya Reddick, hit a single up the middle. The ball passed by the Maryland outfield and rolled to the center field wall, allowing all three Yellow Jackets base runners to score.
Maryland put a run on the board after a two-out rally in the fourth. Junior third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) hit a soft liner over the third baseman's head for a single. Cyphert followed with a single up the middle to put runners on first base. The following batter, junior right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.), drove a ball to left center for an RBI-single to put the score in Georgia Tech's favor, 3-1. Cyphert also tried to score on the play, but was gunned down at home to end the inning.
The Terrapins tacked on another run in the sixth inning off freshman second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) solo home run to put Maryland within one run of Tech's lead, 3-2. The blast marked Lounge's sixth home run of the season. The home run also tied her with teammate Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) and former Terrapin Jennifer Potzman for the most home runs by a freshman in program history.
Georgia Tech busted out for a seven-run sixth inning to end the game, 10-2. The Jackets knocked eight hits, including one double and two triples during the scoring binge.
Cyphert (8-10) struck out six batters in five and two-thirds innings for the loss. Jessica Sallinger (26-6) allowed five hits and two earned runs in the win. Sallinger hadn't given up two earned runs since allowing three runs in her Feb. 28 loss to then-No. 7 Michigan.
In game two, Georgia Tech starter Erin Voeltz silenced the Maryland bats until the fifth inning. Pollock singled to the right side and was later erased at second base when sophomore catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) hit into a fielder's choice. Senior center fielder Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) moved Greyson to third base on a single to right center. On the next play, Voeltz forced junior left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) to foul out and end the Terrapin scoring threat.
The Yellow Jackets broke the 0-0 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hosier led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a single by Sarah Wood. Kumar sacrificed Wood home with a slap bunt to give the Yellow Jackets a 1-0 win.
Voeltz (15-7) struck out seven batters and allowed four hits in the win. Despite giving up fewer hits than Voeltz, Maryland starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) received the loss in her three-hit, four-strikeout performance. Her record falls to 11-11.
The Terrapins will play their next game at the University of Delaware this Thursday, May 6. The doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.