April 24, 2002
College Park, Md. - Maryland (28-18) swept a pair of tight games from Saint Joseph's (26-13) on Wednesday afternoon at the Terrapin Softball Complex. Maryland won both games 2-1 with walk-off singles and strong pitching performances from Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio).
In the first game, Saint Joseph's held the Terps scoreless until the fifth inning when Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) led off with a single through the left side. Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) bunted Leiter to second. Senior catcher and all-time RBI leader Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) doubled in Leiter to tie the game at one. The Terrapin bats remained silent until the bottom of the seventh when Cyphert singled home Radford for the win. Winning pitcher Bettker struck out seven.
The second game lasted 13 innings, which is the longest Terrapin home game in history. Maryland starting pitcher Cyphert and Saint Joseph's starter Dana Travis both threw complete games for their teams. Cyphert threw a career-high 13 strikeouts in the victory. The Terps took an early lead in the first when center fielder Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) led off with a double and scored on Pickeral's fielder's choice. Saint Joseph's tied the game in the fourth when Gale Treskot scored on Lindsey McNamara's single to right field. After both teams missed out on several scoring opportunities, the Terrapins finally executed in the bottom of the thirteenth. Freshman Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) led off with a single through the left side and advanced on Radford's sacrifice bunt. Shortstop Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) followed Radford with a game-winning RBI single through the right side.
Maryland resumes action on Saturday when the team travels to Chapel Hill, N.C. to take on the Tar Heels in a conference doubleheader at 2 p.m. The Terps dropped a pair of games to North Carolina earlier in the month during the Tar Heel Invitational.
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