April 25, 2004
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland softball team dropped two conference games to the University of Virginia, 6-1 and 11-3. The losses drop the Terrapins to 25-21 and 1-7 in the ACC.
Game one was dominated by Virginia pitcher Joanne Barstad, who held the Terrapins hitless through six innings. In the top of the seventh, junior shortstop Nneka Cardoza ended the no-hit bid with a solo home run to center field. Barstad (12-8) struck out four batters in her one-hit performance.
Virginia jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning. Shortstop Heather Field led off with a double. First baseman Hannah Owings walked and then scored on third baseman Sara Larquier's three-run homer.
Virginia exploded for three more runs in the top of the sixth. Right fielder Jackie Greer led off the inning with her first home run of the season to put Virginia up, 4-0. The Cavaliers kept their rally going with a double by Jessica Taylor. Second baseman Elea Crockett drove in a run on a fielder's choice, bringing Virginia's lead to 5-0. Owings drove in the final Virginia run with a single through the right side.
Maryland starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) picked up the loss. She struck out five batters and moves to 8-7 on the season.
Field, who walked in her fifth plate appearance, surpassed former teammate Kristen Dennis for the all-time ACC career walks lead with 145.
In the second game, Maryland took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Cardoza led off the inning with a walk and left fielder Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.) reached base on a fielder's choice. Both Cardoza and Tweedy advanced a base on a passed ball. Third baseman Crystal Rizzuto (San Leandro, Calif.) drove in Cardoza with a single and advanced Tweedy to third. Tweedy eventually scored on right fielder Lauren Pollock's (Severna Park, Md.) single to center.
The Cavaliers powered back for five runs in the top of the second inning. The Cavliers' rally was keyed by a two-run triple by Taylor.
Maryland fought back in the bottom half of the second, scoring one run off Tweedy's RBI-double to left center, which brought the score to 5-3 in Virginia's favor.
Starting pitcher Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) kept Virginia off the board until the sixth inning. The Cavaliers put up six runs on six hits and went on to run-rule the Terrapins, 11-3. The loss moves Aditays to 10-10. Virginia starter Erin Horn (17-8) struck out 10 batters and allowed eight hits in the win.
The Terrapins will hit the road for a doubleheader this Thursday against local rival Towson. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m.