April 10, 2002
College Park, Md. - Senior pitcher Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) hurled a no-hitter as the Terps captured a 7-0 win against Towson (22-14) in the debut game of Maryland's new softball complex on Wednesday.
Bettker struck out seven in her complete game shutout. This is Bettker's first individual no-hitter, but the senior also contributed four innings to Maryland's no-hit shutout against George Mason in 2000. The win also served as her fifth shutout of the season.
The Terrapin offense scored six runs in the third inning to pull away from Towson for good. Doubles by Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) and Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.), a single by left fielder Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) and three Tiger errors helped spur on the Terp rally.
The Terps took the second contest from the Tigers, 3-2. Freshman Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) struck out seven and allowed only one walk in seven innings of work. Concerning her team's strong pitching, head coach Gina LaMandre said, "It starts on the mound with our pitching and our defense, the hits sometimes come sporadically but pitching and defense have to win games."
First baseman Kiesha Pickeral's (Hughesville, Md.) RBI double to left field put Maryland on the board in the first inning. One batter later, right fielder Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) singled in Pickeral to stake a 2-0 lead for Maryland. In the bottom of the sixth, Sweeney singled to center with two outs and stole second base. Leiter then doubled in Sweeney to put the Terps in the lead for the rest of the game.
Maryland will resume play in a doubleheader against George Mason in Fairfax, Va. on Apr. 17. The Terps hope to avenge their 2-1 loss to the Patriots two weekends ago in the George Mason Spring Clash.