April 27, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Keyed by the strong pitching performances of Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.), the Maryland softball squad (30-18, 2-3 ACC)posted its first doubleheader sweep of North Carolina since 1999 and its first ever sweep of the defending conference champions in Chapel Hill. The duo combined to hold the hot-hitting Tar Heels (30-25, 2-6 ACC) to six hits on the day, while Terp sophomore Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the Terps triumphed, 3-0 and 5-1.
The games marked the first conference victories of the season for the Terps, and all-important wins over a team in the NCAA south region.
The Terrapins jumped into the driver's seat in Game 1's fifth inning, when sophomore Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) doubled home Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) and pinch runner Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.). A Jillian Callaway (Brandywine, Md.) RBI stroke one inning later put the contest out of reach, as Bettker was well in command. The senior fireballer improved to 13-11 on the season with her seventh shutout, allowing only three hits and striking out two.
Maryland was hot right out of the gate in Game 2, tacking on a pair of runs in the first as Peel and fellow sophomore Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) scored on Cyphert's two-bagger. Sweeney and Carolina's Kelly Ramsey swapped RBI-doubles in the fourth to make it 3-1 in the Terps' favor, and Cyphert gave Maryland the insurance it needed with a two-run bomb in the seventh that scored pinch runner Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). Cyphert's team-leading fifth homer made the final score 5-1.
Aditays scattered three Tar Heel hits in four innings, before Bettker came on to close out the contest. She retired the Tar Heels in order over the last three innings to earn her first season save.
Sweeney finished the twinbill 5-for-6 with the double, RBI and run scored, while senior Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) contributed three hits for the Terps.
The Terrapins are in action at Towson on Tuesday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. in make-up games from a rainout earlier in the season. Maryland will close out its ACC slate when the first-place Florida State Seminoles come to town at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 2.
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