Feb. 20, 2004
TAMPA, Fla. - The University of Maryland softball team lost both games of its opening day at the USF Best Western-All Suites Hotels Tournament. Maryland (0-2) fell to Tulsa (7-2) in the opening game, 3-1. The team also dropped its afternoon contest to Hofstra (2-5), 3-1.
Runs were hard to come by in the first game, with Tulsa starter Ami Day (3-1) and Maryland hurler Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) holding the offenses scoreless through the first four innings. The Golden Hurricane put the first runs on the board in the fifth on a two-run homer by catcher Kelly Miller. In the next at-bat, centerfielder Julie Shafer followed in Miller's footsteps and slammed a solo home run over the centerfield wall to give Tulsa a 3-0 lead.
With the game on the line in the top of the seventh, Maryland tried to counter back. With one out, freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) knocked her first collegiate hit to the left side. After a fly out by first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.), pinch hitter Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) doubled to left center to drive in Maryland's first and only run of the game.
The Hofstra Pride struck early in Maryland's second contest. Shortstop Laura Sweeney led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. She then sped to third on an infield ground out and scored on a sacrifice fly by catcher Meaghan Almon, putting Hofstra up 1-0.
Klein led off the Terrapin second with her first collegiate hit, a single up the middle. After a fielding miscue by Hofstra, two fielder's choices and an infield single by Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.), junior right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) drove in a run with a single through the left side to tie the game, 1-1.
The Pride took over the game in the fourth inning. First baseman Stefanie Kenney reached base on a one-out single. The next batter, freshman Ashley Lane, delivered what would be the final blow to the Terps. She smashed a home run off starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) to put Hofstra up for good, 3-1.
Maryland had an opportunity to put another run on the board in the fifth. Pollock and third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) singled. With runners on first and second, Hofstra pitcher Adrienne Clark (1-2) fanned two Terp batters to end the threat.
The Terps out-hit the Pride, nine hits to eight. Tweedy went 2-for-4 and Pollock went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Maryland will play its next game in the USF Best Western-All Suites Hotels Tournament tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. The Terps will take on the Temple Owls (1-4) and will finish out the day with one game in bracket play. The Owls dropped games against both Tulsa and Hofstra earlier today.