May 9, 2002
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Maryland (31-19, 2-3 ACC) at The ACC Championships
Friday-Sunday, May 10-12, 2002
Seminole Softball Complex * Tallahassee, Fla.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball team is in action this weekend at the 11th annual ACC Softball Championship Tournament, held at the Seminole Softball Complex in Tallahassee, Fla., from May 10-12. The third seed after the conclusion of the regular season conference schedule, the Terrapins will take on No. 2-seeded Georgia Tech in Game 2 of the tournament on Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m. Fans unable to make the trip to Tallahassee can follow all of the games with live stats online at www.umterps.com or www.theacc.com.
The 5 p.m. match-up between the Terrapins and Yellow Jackets is sandwiched between Game 1 in Tallahassee at 3 p.m., No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 5 Virginia, and a 7 p.m. meeting between No. 1 Florida State and Game 1's winner.
The championship game will either be Game 8 or Game 9, at noon or 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 12. If the championship game is Game 8, it will be broadcasted via tape delay at 4:30 p.m. on FoxSports South and the Sunshine Network. Those networks will air the game live at 4:30 p.m. if the championship game is Game 9. In the Maryland area, Comcast SportsNet will broadcast the championship game on tape delay at 7 p.m. on Sunday regardless.
Setting The StageMaryland has faced Georgia Tech four times already this season, coming away with four losses. The Jackets and sophomore hurler Erin Voeltz edged senior Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) and the Terps, 2-1, in a pitchers' duel on March 24 at the Buzz Classic, before Tech blanked the Terrapins, 3-0 and 4-0, in a conference doubleheader in Atlanta on March 27. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early lead and took advantage of Maryland miscues in a 5-1 decision on April 6 at the Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Terrapins, Yellow Jackets, Tar Heels and Cavaliers have all had just over a week off since their last games. The Terps' final regular season games, scheduled against Florida State for May 2, were rained out. The Seminoles are the only team that has played since April 30, posting a sweep of Troy State on May 4 and a split with Florida Atlantic on May 7.
A tremendous pitching performance by last week's ACC Softball Player of the Week Amanda Bettker, coupled with a four-RBI performance at the plate by designated player Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), led the Terrapins in their first doubleheader sweep of North Carolina since 1999, 3-0 and 5-1, in their last week of action. Bettker remained hot as the Terps split with Towson on April 30, striking out 11 and walking none to earn her eighth shutout of the season in Game 1.
The Terps' 1-0 win over Towson marked the 250th career win for head coach Gina LaMandre. The eighth-year mentor owns a 250-195-1 career record, all at Maryland.
Terps In The ACC TournamentThe Maryland softball team owns an 11-13 all-time ACC Tournament record since making its first appearance in the Terps' inaugural season in 1995. The Terrapins are the third seed for the third time in eight tournament appearances, having finished in third place during the conference regular season in 1997, 1998 and 2002.
Maryland captured a share of the ACC Championship as the No. 3 seed in 1997, defeating Virginia and Georgia Tech and splitting with Florida State before the championship game was rained out.
Maryland's ACC Tournament record as the No. 3 seed is 4-3.
A season ago, fifth-seeded Maryland knocked off No. 4 Georgia Tech before dropping a 2-1, 11th-inning battle to No. 1 Florida State. After defeating three-seed Virginia, Maryland fell to the Noles once again to finish in third place.
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