March 8, 2002
Plant City, Fla. - Maryland (9-7) split two games at the Speedline Invitational today, winning 1-0 against Florida International and dropping a 4-3 game in ten innings to Georgia State.
The Terps put their only run on the board against Florida International in the fifth inning. Left fielder Danielle Carpenter (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning for the Terps. After shortstop Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) moved Carpenter to second with a bunt single, second baseman Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) singled in Carpenter to put the Terps past the Golden Panthers for good. Starting pitcher Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) struck out six and allowed five hits in the complete game shutout.
In the second game, Maryland struck first in the seventh inning when Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) led off with a homerun to centerfield. After starting pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) hit a batter, Georgia State pieced together a pair of singles to tie the game. The Terps rallied in the eighth when third baseman Casey Leiter (Lake Stevens, Wash.) singled in two runs. Georgia State battled back in the bottom half of the inning after Cyphert gave up a two-run homer to shortstop Corrie Roberts. Relief pitcher Bettker held Georgia State scoreless for two innings until placed runner Cindy Gillies scored the winning run in the tenth off a sacrifice fly by Roberts.
On Saturday Maryland will face Houston at noon before Speedline Invitational championship bracket play begins later in the day. The Terps are 2-2 in Plant City, having lost to Brigham Young after capturing a walk-off victory against Michigan State on Thursday.
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