April 21, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapin softball squad's two-run rally in the bottom of the seventh ended Virginia starter Kristen Dennis' shutout but couldn't lift the Terps (26-18, 0-3 ACC) to victory on a soggy Sunday afternoon. Maryland shortstop Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) doubled with two outs to get something going, and sophomore Monica Cyphert's (Warren, Ohio) blasted an offering from the Cavalier hurler well over the centerfield fence. Freshman Amanda Kipnis (Northbrook, Ill.) had replaced Moczulski on the base paths and scored on Cyphert's bomb, the first for any Terrapin at their new facility.
Terrapin starting pitcher Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) hung with Dennis in the pitcher's duel, keeping the Cavaliers (43-17, 1-4 ACC) hitless through four innings. Virginia shortstop Heather Field led off the fifth with a double to right field, and after one out, Cavalier junior Ruby Rojas's two-run homer put Virginia on the board. The four-bagger marked the first home run ever hit during game action at the new Terrapin Softball Complex. In the seventh inning, the Cavs got an insurance run on a Dennis solo shot to left which eventually counted as Virginia's game-winning run, 3-2, as the Cavaliers captured their first conference victory of the season.
The skies opened at the start of Game 2, which was halted at 2-1 in favor of Virginia in the bottom of the first inning after a half-hour rain delay. Any plans to continue play on a different date or reschedule will be posted on umterps.com as soon as the news becomes available.
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