Feb. 9, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - The Maryland softball squad (2-2) split a pair of games on Day 2 of the Bama Bash, scorching Samford with 13 hits in the morning, 11-1, before falling to Evansville, 4-2, in the nightcap. Keyed by leadoff batter Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.), who has seven hits in the four games of the tournament so far, Terrapin baserunners were aboard early and often in each game on Saturday.
The Terps, who were just unable to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the late game, face the Samford Bulldogs once again in the consolation round on Sunday at noon EST. A live stats webcast can be accessed by visiting Maryland's website at www.umterps.com and clicking on the link in the "Live Coverage" box.
Sweeney, who also totals four stolen bases in the tournament, led off Game 1 with a single and swiped second to open the Terp barrage in the inning. Senior slugger Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) brought home the sophomore with her first home run of the season. RBI base hits by Casey Leiter (Lake Stephens, Wash.), Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) and Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) capped a six-hit first stanza which gave the Terps a 6-0 advantage before the Bulldogs were able to touch a bat.
After Samford cracked the scoreboard in the second, a Pickeral RBI groundout and a two-RBI double by Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) put Maryland ahead, 9-1. Moczulski and fellow newcomer Christen Cuozzi (Langhorne, Pa.) drove in a run apiece in the fifth to make it an abbreviated final, 11-1 after five innings.
Rookie hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewbury, Mass.) picked up her first collegiate win against the Bulldogs, scattering six hits and striking out two.
In Game 2, Maryland was once again the first team to score when Sweeney doubled and crossed on a Pickeral safety squeeze. The Purple Aces scored on a passed ball in the second and tacked on two more runs in the third on three base hits, surging ahead for the same 3-2 advantage they had in the opening game of the Bama Bash. But before Terrapin heroics could cause lightning to strike twice, Evansville's Brooke Luker smacked a seventh-inning triple and scored the insurance run on a Maryland error.
Senior Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) struck out five and allowed two earned runs against the Purple Aces in defeat.
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