Feb. 16, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Maryland softball team (5-4) completed a long day of work with a 4-0 shutout victory over St. John's after falling just short in another hard-fought Terps-Florida State clash, 2-1, at the Seminole Classic. Rookie pitcher Jessica Aditays (Shrewbury, Mass.) put in a solid effort in Saturday's Game 2 for her second win of the season, while senior slugger Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lift the Terps over the Red Storm.
Aditays allowed the Storm only four hits while striking out four for the first shutout of her collegiate career, showing her poise by preserving a narrow one-run lead for much of the game. The Terps tallied their first score of the nightcap in the third when Beth Radford (Dunkirk, Md.) drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk, but did not provide insurance for the rookie hurler until the sixth.
Radford reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced on a Jillian Callaway (Brandywine, Md.) single all the way to third. Pinch-runner Amanda Kipnis (Norrthbrook, Illinois) scampered home for the Terps' second run after a Danielle Carpenter (Mt. Laure, N.J.) sacrifice bunt.
Already ahead 2-0, Maryland put the game away in the top of the sixth when Pickeral doubled home pinch-runners Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Mass.) and Crystal Tweedy (Dumfries, Va.). Pickeral is 6-for-12 (.500) thus far in the tournament with three RBI.
The early afternoon Maryland-No. 15 Florida State game was a gritty pitcher's duel reminiscent of the Terps-Noles 11-inning thriller from the 2001 ACC Championship Tournament. While last season's meeting featured cagey veterans Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and Leslie Malerich, this time it was a battle between accomplished but youthful sophomores Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) and Jessica van der Linden. Both kept their opponents' offenses scoreless until the sixth.
Two singles and a wild pitch set up Terrapin freshman Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) in the top of the inning, who singled to score pinch-runner Kipnis. Van der Linden then faced first and third with one out and two of the Terps' biggest bats coming up, but was able to get the outs she needed to cut down the possible rally. FSU All-American Brandi Stuart belted a two-out homer to tie it up at one in the bottom of the sixth, and a double by Tatiana George brought home Kimmy Carter in the seventh for Florida State's tenth consecutive win against Maryland. Two of the last three, however, have been by only a one-run margin.
Action continues for the Terrapins in Tallahassee when Maryland meets hot-streaking Georgia at noon. Fans can once again follow every play on the Internet by visiting REPLACE_ME and clicking on the link in the "Live Coverage" box.
Contact: Mark Fratto
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