Nneka Cardoza
Nneka Cardoza

Player Profile

Brockton, Mass.

High School:




On Cardoza: One of the most versatile athletes on the Terrapins' roster ... good speed with a superior throwing arm ... settled in at shortstop last season after playing mostly second base and outfield during sophomore campaign ... extremely hard worker ... provides leadership on the left side of the infield while also being productive at the plate.

As a Junior in 2004: Started 56 games at shortstop ... career batting average of .292 ranks tied for third all-time, while her .316 batting average was third-best on the team last year ... led the squad and was sixth in the ACC with a .429 on-base percentage ... scored 34 runs, tying the team-high and ranking ninth in the conference ... notched a team-high 10 stolen bases ... put together 12 multi-hit games ... scored two runs and stole a base in Maryland's ACC Tournament victory over UVa (May 14) ... ended Virginia's no-hit bid with a solo home run (April 25) ... scored both game-winning runs after lead-off singles in doubleheader at James Madison (April 17) ... had a solo home run and three runs scored against St. Francis (April 15) ... delivered the game-winning blow to Pittsburgh (March 27) with a three-run home run ... went 3-for-3 against Florida International (Feb. 27) with a run and two RBI ... helped power the Terps to a 9-0 win over Rhode Island (Feb. 21) with a two-run home run vs. the Owls.

As a Sophomore in 2003: Started 37 games for the Terrapins, mostly at second base ... .286 batting average ranked fourth among Maryland starters ... tied for first on team and ninth in the ACC with a .411 on-base percentage ... scored the second-most runs for the Terps (24) ... second on team with nine stolen bases ... named to Maryland's 2002-2003 Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll ... drove in winning run and went 2-for-4 in Terrapins' 9-8 extra-inning victory over North Carolina in the ACC Tournament (May 10) ... went 3-for-6 in a doubleheader sweep against UMBC (May 6) ... had a 3-for-4 day at the plate and scored two runs against Morgan State (April 23) ... went 3-for-3 and knocked first career home run in a victory against Coppin State (April 13) ... went 5-for-8 with five runs scored and three RBI in doubleheader against George Mason (April 2).

As a Freshman in 2002: Started 18 games and appeared in 30 for Maryland ... .364 on-base percentage ranked best among Terrapin newcomers ... started in the infield during the ACC Tournament (May 10-11) ... went 2-for-3 and drove in a run against local rival Towson (April 30) ... scored two runs for the Terps during the Speedline Invitational (March 7-8) ... collected two hits against Penn State in the Seminole Classic (Feb. 15) ... went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a RBI against Samford in the Bama Bash (Feb. 9).

Before Maryland: A standout in three sports at Brockton High School in Brockton, Mass., playing softball, volleyball and basketball ... a three-time all-league honoree in softball and once in volleyball ... helped lead her squad to the 2000 state championship ... captained her softball and volleyball teams as a senior ... received all-scholastic honors in both sports.

Personal: Daughter of Elizabeth Barker-Cardoza and George Cardoza ... has one sister, Shandi Cardoza, and a brother, Keith Barker-Cardoza ... majoring in public and community health.

Cardoza at the plate...
Year	G-GS	Avg.	AB	R	H	2B	3B	HR	RBI	SB
2002	30-18	.200	35	7	7	1	0	0	2	0-4
2003	42-37	.286	91	24	26	4	1	1	11	9-11
2004	56-56	.316	158	34	50	5	0	4	21	10-13
Total    128-111	.292	284	65	83	10	1	5	34	19-28

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