Feb. 17, 2002
The Maryland softball squad (5-5) fell, 4-2, to Georgia in the final game of the Florida State Seminole Classic. The Terps return from the tournament with a 2-3 slate, and have a week to prepare for their next challenge at the South Florida-Holiday Inn Tournament Feb. 22-24.
Third baseman Kristen Bell put the Bulldogs up, 1-0, in the second with a leadoff home run. The Terps, however, would not go quietly.
Junior sparkplug Jillian Callaway (Brandywine, Md.) started the Terrapins up in the third with a double. After a Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) sacrifice bunt advanced Callaway to third, pinch-runner Amanda Kipnis (Northbrook, Ill.) was inserted and held at third as ACC Player of the Week Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) reached on a fielder's choice. Sweeney's fifth stolen base of the season made it second and third with one out for the Terps. When a Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) sacrifice bunt attempt was misplayed by the Bulldog first baseman, Kipnis took advantage and scored, while Sweeney raced home all the way from second to give the Terrapins a 2-1 lead.
The Maryland lead would only last half an inning, however. In the bottom of the inning Georgia took advantage of two Terp errors and a wild pitch to cross three runs and take the final 4-2 advantage.
Starting pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) took the loss, although she only allowed one earned run and struck out three in four innings of work. Senior Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was solid in the final two innings of the game in relief, keeping the Bulldogs hitless and off the scoreboard.
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