May 6, 2004
NEWARK, Del. - The University of Maryland softball team defeated the University of Delaware in both games of a non-conference doubleheader Thursday afternoon in Newark, Del. The wins improved Maryland to 29-23 on the year. Delaware fell to 27-22-1 with the losses.
Delaware starter Carolynn Sloat retired eleven straight Terrapin batters to begin the first game. Once freshman second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.) ended Sloat's bid for a perfect game with two outs in the top of the fourth, teammates Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) and Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) followed suit. Klein singled up the middle to advance Lounge to second base. Both Lounge and Klein scored on a Rizzuto's double to left center to give Maryland a 2-0 lead.
The Blue Hens threatened to score in the bottom half of the fourth. Designated player Randi Isaacs led off the inning with a single and advanced to second after beating out a throw on a fielder's choice. Maryland starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) halted the scoring opportunity with a line out and two strikeouts
Delaware tied up the game, 2-2, in the fifth after capitalizing on a single, a pair of failed fielding executions and a walk. The Hens scored their first run on a fielder's choice and their second run on a sacrifice fly.
The Terrapins had a chance to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Rizzuto led off with a double. The hit marked her first multi-double game in her Maryland career. She moved to third on a single by junior right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.). Sloat retired the next three batters on a line out and two strikeouts.
The Terps held the Hens scoreless in the bottom of the seventh to push the game into extra innings. Both Maryland and Delaware entered the game with perfect records in extra innings (Maryland, 2-0; Delaware, 5-0).
The Terps took a 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth. Senior designated player Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led off the inning with a double off the left field fence. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.). Cardoza reached base on the play after the first baseman bobbled the ball. Leiter scored on a sacrifice fly by Klein.
Cyphert (9-8) tied her season-high strikeout with 11. She allowed four hits in her eighth complete game of the season. Sloat (17-13) struck out four in the loss.
In the second game, Cardoza and Lounge reached base on walks. Klein and Rizzuto followed with back-to-back RBI-singles to put Maryland on the board, 2-0.
Maryland added another run in the third off Leiter's single to left center. Center fielder Natalie Grossman (Skillman, N.J.) scored on the play.
The Terrapins would only need three runs thanks to starter Jessica Aditays' (Shrewsbury, Mass.) shutout performance. Aditays allowed four hits in her fourth complete game shutout of the season. She improves to 12-11 with the win. Delaware starter Jenn Joseph (9-6) took the loss.
Maryland softball will hit the diamond again Saturday, May 8 when they host No. 13 Alabama (39-16, 18-12 SEC). The first game of the non-conference doubleheader will get underway at 1 p.m. Admission and parking to the Terrapin Softball Complex are free.