Feb. 15, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Maryland softball squad (4-3) came back to ruin Penn State's perfect day, 5-1, before falling to Syracuse, 3-1, on the opening day of the Florida State Seminole Classic. The Terrapins continue action on Saturday against ACC rival and tournament host No. 15 Florida State at 4 p.m. before a meeting with St. John's in the 8 p.m. nightcap. Every play of every inning can be followed on the Internet by visiting www.umterps.com and clicking on the link in the "Live Stats" box.
Penn State, who had pounded St. John's 6-0 in the tournament's opening game, took a 1-0 first inning lead on the Terps courtesy of a Jennifer Tripken RBI-single. Lion pitcher Missy Beseres kept the Terrapins off the scoreboard until the fifth, when ACC Player of the Week Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) slapped a two-out infield single to spark a rally. After a base hit by Casey Leiter (Lake Stephens, Wash.), sophomore Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) punched one through the left side to tie the game. Leiter crossed on a misplayed grounder hit by Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.), and the Terps picked up two more runs on a Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) double to center. After a pitching change Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) delivered her senior counterpart to put the Terps ahead, 5-1. Maryland threatened to increase the lead with bases loaded in the sixth, but did not manage to score.
Sophomore hurler Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) went the distance for the Terps to pick up her third season victory.
Later in the afternoon the Orangewomen mounted a 3-0 lead headed into the seventh and hung on to avenge a 5-3 rainy, late-night loss at the hands of the Terps in last season's Lady Seminole Invitational. Syracuse ace Heather Brown held Maryland's offense to three hits for the game and did not allow a run until the bottom of the seventh inning. The Terrapins used a Radford base hit and three Orangewoman errors to score one and get the game-tying run as far as second base, but Syracuse was able to get the outs it needed for the 3-1 victory.
Bettker, who assumed starting duties in Game 2 as well, struck out four in 2.1 innings but allowed a pair of earned runs on four base hits.
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