On Cyphert: Senior double-threat will anchor Terrapin pitching staff ... saw limited action during the fall season while she was recovering from foot surgery ... will see time in lineup as a designated player when she is not pitching ... contributed to the fifth perfect game in Terrapin history as a freshman (April 8, 2001 vs. Morgan State at the George Mason Spring Clash) ... tied for ninth in Maryland history with nine doubles...13 career home runs ranks sixth in program history ... places eighth in Maryland career RBI (65) ... ranks third all-time among Terrapin pitchers in wins (35), ERA (1.73), strikeouts (336), and appearances (72).
As a Junior in 2003: Put together a career year in the pitching circle and at the plate ... Maryland's only selection to the All-ACC Team ... led the Terrapins in all statistical pitching categories ... .322 batting average was second on the team and ranks seventh in Maryland's single-season records ... led team with seven home runs ... tied for sixth in the ACC in home runs ... 1.51 ERA ranks seventh-best in the program's single-season records and placed fifth-best in the ACC ... compiled 10 multi-hit games ... fanned 162 batters, the sixth-most for a Maryland pitcher in a season ... drove in four runs and pitched eight innings for a win against Florida Atlantic (March 6) ... went on a six-game hitting streak from March 23 to April 2 ... smashed three home runs in three games from March 29 to April 2 ... struck out six and allowed no earned runs in a loss to Georgia Tech (April 6) ... set a career high when she struck out 14 in a complete game no-hitter vs. Coppin State (April 13) ... named Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week for April 15 after her no-hit performance ... also hit a home run and drove in three runs in the 4-0 win ... struck out 10 in six innings of work against Morgan State (April 23) ... also went 3-for-4 and knocked in four runs to earn herself a victory ... went on an eight-game hitting streak between April 23 and May 6 ... also drove in 13 runs during this streak ... fanned seven to shut out North Carolina and give Maryland its only ACC victory of the season (April 26) ... went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored in Maryland's 9-8 ACC Tournament win against North Carolina ... pitched six and two-thirds innings and earned a win in the same game ... a member of Maryland's 2002-03 Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
As a Sophomore in 2002: Appeared in 48 games for the Terps and pitched in 20... 1.79 ERA places ninth among Maryland's single-season leaders ... 108 strikeouts ranks tenth in the single-season record book ... led the team in home runs (5) ... fifth on the team in RBI (19) ... fifth on the team in slugging percentage (.333) ... fifth among her teammates in runs scored (13) ... threw six complete games for Maryland ... made seven pitching appearances with eight or more strikeouts ... held opponents to a .196 batting average while she was on the mound ... maintained a five-game winning streak from Feb. 22-March 31 ... earned all-tournament honors after striking out 10 in a win against Evansville (Feb. 8) and one-hitting Samford (Feb. 10) during the Bama Bash ... led Maryland to a walk-off victory after hitting a pinch-hit home run against Michigan State in the Speedline Invitational (March 7) ... powered the Terps with a 3-for-4 day at the plate while also throwing a shutout against Siena (March 30) ... collected five hits during the George Mason Spring Clash (March 30-31) ... pitched complete game shutouts against Siena (March 30) and George Mason (April 17) ... hurled 13 innings and struck out 13 in a winning effort against Saint Joseph's (April 24) ... smacked in four runs with a home run and a double in a conference win against North Carolina (April 27).
As a Freshman in 2001: Made plate appearances in 53 games and pitched in 20 ... posted a .216 batting average to lead the Terp freshmen while finishing second on the team in doubles (11) ... fourth on the squad in RBI (15) and tied for third with a pair of home runs ... five multi-hit games as a freshman and six pitching appearances with five or more strikeouts ... allowed two hits or less in seven appearances on the mound ... was named ACC Player of the Week after two Terp wins over George Mason (April 14) and one vs. Georgia Tech (April 15) ... went 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate that week with two doubles, a homer, four runs and three RBI while hurling seven scoreless relief innings, allowing only two hits and striking out four ... was named MVP of the Terrapin Invitational after tossing her first career no-hit shutout against Fairfield (March 3) and going 4-for-10 (.400) at the plate with a double, RBI and three runs scored in the rain-shortened event ... also named to the all-tournament team at the George Mason Spring Clash, striking out five against Morgan State to combine for the fifth perfect game in Maryland softball history (April 8) ... also collected three runs, four RBI and her first collegiate triple in helping the Terps to the tournament title ... then-career-high four RBI came in her perfect effort against the Bears ... put together a six-game hit streak from March 23-28, in which she went 9-for-17 (.529) with six runs, three RBI, three doubles and her first collegiate home run ... went 7-for-15 (.467) at the Georgia Tech Buzz Classic (March 23-25) with two doubles, two RBI, three runs scored and a 6-0 shutout decision vs. Cleveland State in which she fanned four (March 23) ... season-high three hits came in games against Towson (March 2) and Troy State (March 23) ... a member of Maryland's 2000-01 Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Before Maryland: Standout pitcher for 1998 state champ Southington High School garnered numerous high school accolades ... named Gatorade High School State Player of the Year following tremendous senior season ... a two-time first team all-state selection and one-time second-team pick ... named first team all-district and all-league three times ... two-time league MVP ... batted a combined .489 through her sophomore, junior and senior seasons and averaged 41 RBI and seven home runs ... amassed a 37-5 pitching record while posting a 0.43 ERA.
Personal: Born Feb. 16, 1982 ... Monica is the daughter of Cindy and Richard Cyphert ... has one brother, 25-year-old Brian ... aunt, Sharon McFarland, played softball at the University of Akron from 1983-86 ... named in Who's Who Among High School Students three times ... also a member of the BETA Club, National Honor Society and a freshman student council representative in high school ... completing the pre-nursing program in addition to majoring in kinesiology.
Cyphert on the mound... Year W-L ERA G-GS CG IP H R ER BB SO 2001 9-8 2.07 20-3 3 84.2 69 35 25 16 66 2002 10-6 1.79 20-13 6 113.1 82 43 29 33 108 2003 16-9 1.51 32-18 13 171.1 135 54 37 47 162 Total 35-23 1.73 72-34 22 369.1 286 132 91 96 336
Cyphert at the plate... Year G-GS Avg. AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB 2001 53-50 .216 134 20 29 11 1 2 15 0-0 2002 48-42 .167 126 13 21 4 1 5 19 0-0 2003 44-43 .322 121 21 39 6 0 6 31 0-0 Total 145-135 .234 381 54 89 21 2 13 65 0-0