April 7, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Maryland softball squad (22-17, 0-2 ACC) fell twice to North Carolina, 8-3 and 7-3, in non-conference games at the UNC Tar Heel Softball Invitational. The Terrapins look to bounce back from an 0-4 weekend and make their first appearance at the new state-of-the-art softball facility this Wednesday when Maryland hosts the Towson Tigers in a doubleheader at 3:30 p.m.
The Terrapins owned a one-run lead thanks to a Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) RBI-single in the first inning of the Terps' final round-robin game vs. UNC. The advantage was short-lived, however, as the Tar Heels tacked on one run in the second, three in the third and four in the fifth. Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) doubled in two more runs in the seventh but that's all the Terps would get, taking the 8-3 loss. Sophomore starter Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) struck out four in defeat.
The Tar Heels had their bats going in their second match-up with the Terrapins later in the afternoon - this time in the Tar Heel Invitational consolation game. The Terps were once again on the board first with two runs in the third, but UNC chipped away until using a five-run fifth to put the game out of reach. Senior hurler Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) moves to 9-10 on the season with the loss.
On the weekend, Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) shone for the Terrapins, going 7-for-14 (.500) with two stolen bases, three doubles and five runs scored. Casey Leiter (Lake Stephens, Wash.) also swiped two bases as part of a 5-for-13 (.385) effort.
The Virginia Cavaliers claimed the Tar Heel Invitational softball tournament title with a 10-5 victory against Georgia Tech in the championship game.
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