Maryland Softball Captures Win Over Florida International, 5-1

Feb. 27, 2004

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MIAMI, Fla. - Senior pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) struck out 11 batters to en route to a 5-1 win over Florida International in the second game of the Golden Panthers adidas Tournament. The win moves to the Terrapins to 4-3 on the season and drops Florida International to 3-11.

Florida International struck first in its first at-bat on a series of bizarre plays. Leadoff hitter Deomni Murray reached first on a dropped third strike. She advanced when Maryland catcher Rachel Greyson (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) collided on a foul pop-up. Rizzuto held onto the ball for the out, but couldn't get on her feet in time to gun down the speedy Murray at third base. Cyphert walked first baseman Cynthia Turek to put runners on the corners. Turek started to advance to second, causing Greyson to throw down to second baseman Keri Lounge (Pasadena, Md.). The ball didn't beat the runner to the base. Murray took off for home and made it safely after Lounge double clutched the ball before throwing it.

The Golden Panthers threatened in the top of the second. After Cyphert struck out catcher Kristen Perry, she gave up consecutive singles to designated player Marleah Stapf and second baseman Lindsay Tippings. She then walked shortstop Tabitha Embry to load the bases. Cyphert worked out of trouble and struck out pinch hitter Jennifer Powell and left fielder Yarah Otero to end the inning.

The Terps exploded for five runs with two outs in the bottom half of the second, thanks to back-to-back errors by the Golden Panthers. Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) drove in two runs on a bases loaded single to put Maryland on top, 2-1. Freshman first baseman Lindsay Klein (Orange, Calif.) smacked a three-run homer to dead center field to increase the Terps' lead to 5-1.

Maryland will take on Stony Brook (0-2) Saturday at 11 a.m. The Terps will enter bracket play later Saturday afternoon. The team will play their second game either at 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m.