April 6, 2004
FAIRFAX, Va. - The University of Maryland softball team flexed its muscle to take two games from local rival George Mason University, 6-2 and 4-0. The wins move the Terrapins to 18-14 and put them four games above .500 for the first time this season.
In the first game, Maryland jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first off a blast over the left field fence by senior pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) in the first inning. Those runs would be pivotal once George Mason (17-24) came to bat in the bottom half of the inning. The Patriots pieced together four singles to tie the score, 2-2.
The Maryland bats got back to work in the second inning. Junior right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) led off the inning with a single through the left side. She then beat out a fielder's choice play to put runners on first and second with no outs. Junior shortstop Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) followed with a single to load the bases. With one out, senior catcher Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) delivered her second home run of the season, a grand slam, to put Maryland ahead for good, 6-2.
After the first inning, Cyphert (5-3) settled down in the pitcher's circle. She struck out seven batters and allowed only three more hits for the remainder of the game. The win marked her second complete game of the season.
Much like the first game, Maryland jumped out to an early lead in the second part of the twinbill. The Terrapins scored three runs in the first inning off an RBI double by freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) and two Patriot errors.
Lounge's infield single knocked in Leiter in the second inning, giving Maryland a 4-0 lead that it would retain for the remainder of the game.
Junior hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out four batters in the complete game shutout. The win brings her to 7-7 on the season.
Leiter had a perfect day at the plate, going 5-for-5 with three walks, four runs scored, and four RBIs. Although Lounge and Klein had hits in the second game, the freshmen's nine and eight game hitting streaks, respectively, came to an end in the first game.
Maryland's next game will be against St. Joseph's this Thursday at 3 p.m. Admission and parking to the doubleheader are free.