April 6, 2002
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Georgia Tech and Virginia went undefeated, and Maryland and North Carolina were winless Saturday in the first day of Tar Heel Invitational play at the UNC Softball Complex. Action continues Sunday, with the opening game beginning at 10 a.m.
Georgia Tech defeated Maryland 5-1 and North Carolina 8-5 to improve to 37-9 on the season. Virginia beat Maryland 7-5 and UNC 4-3 to improve to 35-14. Maryland fell to 22-15, while UNC is 23-21. On Sunday, Georgia Tech and Virginia face off at 10 a.m. and North Carolina meets Maryland at noon. The championship and consolation games will be played at 2 p.m. All games are at the UNC Softball Complex, and admission is free for those in the Chapel Hill area.
For the Terps, sophomore Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) was solid in 7.2 innings of relief work, allowing only three hits and striking out six. Centerfielder Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) totaled three hits, stole a base and scored twice, while junior Jillian Callaway (Brandywine, Md.) drove in a pair of runs.
Game 1: Virginia 7, Maryland 5
Virginia's Kristen Dennis went 2-for-2 with a double and a home run as the Cavaliers overcame a 5-0 head start by Maryland. With four runs on five hits in the top of the first and another run in the second, the Terrapins held a commanding lead before Virginia got on the board in the bottom of the second. The Cavaliers won the game with four runs in the fourth inning. After M.K. White reached on an error and Kelly McCabe got on with a single, Ruby Rojas hit a three-run homer over the left field fence. Maryland's Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) came on in relief of starter Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.), but Dennis came to the plate next and blasted a solo homer to center for the winning margin.
Game 2: Georgia Tech 5, Maryland 1
The Yellow Jackets had nine hits and capitalized on two Maryland miscues to take a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, when the Terrapins scored their only run. Georgia Tech's biggest inning was the third, when Tara Knudsen led off with her second double of the game and scored on Lindsay Wood's single. After Soraya Reddick singled, Wood scored on a throwing error. Reddick then came home on a double by Tasha Waugh.