April 30, 2002
TOWSON, Md. - ACC Player and Maryland Student-Athlete of the Week Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) continued her hot streak in the pitcher's circle, leading the Maryland softball squad (31-19, 2-3 ACC) to a 1-0 victory, before the Terps fell 2-0 in the nightcap at Towson on Tuesday. Bettker posted her eighth shutout of the season and freshman Nneka Cardoza (Brockton, Md.) delivered the game-winning run in the seventh as the Terps took Game 1, but the Maryland squad failed to get their bats going and ended up with the Game 2 loss.
Bettker struck out 11 Tigers in the opener to mark her third game of the season with double-digit strikeouts. She was in command for the entire contest, allowing only two base hits through six full innings and only four total. She did not walk a batter.
The Terrapins threatened with runners aboard in the second, third, fourth and fifth, but did not crack the scoreboard until Cardoza's double in the seventh. Junior Jillian Callaway (Brandywine, Md.) singled to lead off the inning, and pinch-runner Amanda Kipnis (Northbrook, Ill.) crossed as the game-winning run on Cardoza's blast to left center.
Sophomore Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) struck out eight and scattered six hits in taking the Game 2 loss. Two passed balls and two Terp miscues in the first resulted in Towson's first run of the day, but neither team scored again until the sixth when the Tigers put one run across on a Jeanne Bosch single. The Terps' best chance to score came in the third, after Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) reached on a rocket off the shortstop's glove and advanced on a Cardoza groundout. Towson sophomore Beth Miller recorded the fourth no-hitter in Tiger softball history in the 2-0 win.
The Terps, currently in third place in the Atlantic Coast Conference softball standings, wrap up their ACC schedule and the regular season on Thursday at 5 p.m. when the Florida State Seminoles (45-14, 6-0 ACC) come to College Park. The Noles won a pair of games, 4-0 and 6-3, at Virginia in Charlottesville on Tuesday.
Contact: Mark Fratto
301-314-TERP (Fan Fone)