Feb. 10, 2002
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Freshman Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) and sophomore Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) continued to swing hot bats as the Maryland softball team (3-2) blanked Samford, 4-0, to claim victory in the consolation game at the 2002 Bama Bash. Rookie slugger Pollock belted the second home run of her first weekend of collegiate action to get the Terps going early on Sunday, while her counterpart Sweeney continued her offensive tear with a two-run double to shore up the victory.
Meanwhile, Terp starting pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) held Samford hitless for 4 2/3 innings to earn her second victory of the weekend. Both Cyphert and Sweeney merited Bama Bash all-tournament honors.
The Terp offense gave Cyphert more than enough room to work against the Bulldogs. She struck out three before giving way to freshman Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) in the sixth. The rookie hurler, who was credited with Saturday's 11-1 victory over Samford, fanned three in two innings of work to close out the game.
The Terrapins went into the fifth ahead 1-0 after Pollock's first-inning blast, when Cyphert reached on an error and advanced to second on a Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) walk. Sweeney then doubled to left center to bring home pinch-runner Laura Angle (Ellicott City, Md.) and Cardoza, and the Terp centerfielder scored herself on sophomore Jen Peel's (St. Leonard, Md.) second double of the game to make the final 4-0.
Sweeney, who missed all of the 2001 season while recovering from elbow surgery, set the pace for the Terps in their opening weekend. The Terrapin leadoff batter did her job and then some, going 8-for-15 (.533) with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored, two RBI and four stolen bases. Pollock collected four hits in her career-opening tournament, which included the solo shot on Sunday and a two-run bomb that helped the Terps come from behind and defeat Evansville on Friday.
Maryland, which posted its fourth season-opening winning weekend in the program's eight-year history, is next in action at the Seminole Classic from Feb. 15-17 in Tallahassee, Fla. The Terps will face ACC-rival No. 15 Florida State for the first time this weekend, and will also meet Penn State, Syracuse, St. John's and Georgia.
Contact: Mark Fratto
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