April 8, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team went a season-best six games over .500 after taking two games from St. Joseph's University, 4-1 and 2-0. The wins improve Maryland's record to 20-14 and put head coach Gina LaMandre three games shy of her 300th career win.
Maryland fell behind St. Joseph's 1-0 early in the first game, but fought back to put up three runs in the third inning. The big break came when Maryland scored two runs on a sacrifice bunt by Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). Hawks third baseman Rachel Pawlikowski fielded the ball cleanly but overthrew to first base, allowing two runners to score. Tweedy advanced to third on the play and scored on second baseman Keri Lounge's (Pasadena, Md.) bunt single, putting Maryland up 3-1.
Game one starter Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) picked up her team-high eighth win. She struck out six and allowed five hits in her seventh complete game of the season.
In the second game, Maryland jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on another fielding miscue by the Hawks. With a runner on first and two outs, Cyphert singled to right field. The ball passed by the right fielder, allowing Lounge to score and Cyphert to advance to third base.
Maryland added another run in the third inning. Tweedy doubled down the left field line with one out in the inning. A batter later, Cyphert doubled her home to increase Maryland's lead to 2-0.
Cyphert, who pitched the second game, hurled her second shut out of the season. Her first came against Rutgers in Maryland's March 17 home opener. She struck out nine in the victory, her most strikeouts since fanning 11 against UNC-Wilmington on March 5.
The Terrapins will open up their ACC season this Saturday at NC State. The first pitch of the doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.