April 23, 2002
Maryland (26-18, 0-3 ACC) vs. Saint Joseph's (25-10, 7-8 A-10)
DH * Wednesday, April 24, 2002 * 2:30 p.m.
Terrapin Softball Complex * College Park, Md.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After sweeping a doubleheader from local rival George Mason (April 17) and falling in Game 1 of a rain-shortened doubleheader against Virginia (April 21), the Terrapin softball team faces Saint Joseph's in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Terps and Hawks meet in a non-conference doubleheader at the brand new, state-of-the-art Terrapin Softball Complex on Wednesday, April 24 at 2:30 p.m.
The Terrapins faced a 3-0 deficit headed into the bottom of the seventh inning in Game 1 against the Cavaliers on Sunday, but threatened a comeback with their backs against the wall. The Terps were literally down to their last out of the game when freshman shortstop Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.) rifled a double to left center, and sophomore Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) tatooed an offering from Virginia hurler Kristen Dennis over the centerfield fence. The Terps ran out of outs and took the 3-2 loss, but head coach Gina LaMandre was pleased with her team's spirit. "We showed a lot of resilience, rallying like that late in the game. And it was some of our younger players, which was good to see. Hopefully, that determination can carry over into Wednesday's games against Saint Joseph's," said the coach.
Game 2 of Sunday's ACC doubleheader was halted in the first inning due to inclement weather. A make-up date or continuation of the contest has not yet been scheduled.
The Terrapins have never faced the Hawks in Maryland's eight-year softball history.
Terps At A GlanceWith a mix of seasoned veterans, key role players and talented newcomers, the Terrapins have made positive strides this season in terms of maintaining their position as a conference, regional and national contender.
Redshirt sophomore Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) has marked a tremendous comeback from her 2001 surgery with a team-leading .345 batting average, 33 runs scored, a .426 on-base percentage, 21 stolen bases and 20 walks. Sweeney ranks among ACC leaders in all five of those categories, including listing third in the ACC in steals.
Senior Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) is second among Terp regulars in batting with a .306 average, good enough to rank in the top 10 among conference leaders. Her 11 doubles pace the squad and rank second among ACC power hitters, while her team-leading .486 slugging percentage and three home runs set her among the conference elite as well.
Maryland's all-time RBI leader, senior Beth Radford's (Dunkirk, Md.) 26 runs batted in paces the Terps and lists seventh among conference leaders. She boasts eight doubles, which also ties for fourth in the conference. Her .372 batting average with runners in scoring position leads the squad.
Sophomore double-threat Monica Cyphert has belted four homers, including the first Terp bomb ever hit at Maryland's new facility, to lead the team. She also leads Maryland's pitching staff with a 9-3 record and a .189 opponent batting average.
Senior fireballer Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) has fought through some early-season injuries en route to a 11-11 record, and her 1.54 ERA leads the Terrapins and ranks sixth in the ACC. She also paces the Terp rotation with six shutouts, 136.1 innings pitched and 125 strikeouts, all good enough to make the ACC top 10.
Rookie hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewsbury, Mass.) has come on strong in her freshman campaign. She owns a 2.01 ERA in 17 appearances, a 2.1 strikeout to walk ratio and will only improve with more experience.
Fellow freshman Malissa Moczulski has become an everyday player for head coach Gina LaMandre, replacing four-year shortstop Jennifer Potzman. Moczulski is batting a respectable .270, and has proven to be a clutch player with a .308 average with runners in scoring position.
Newcomer Lauren Pollock (Severna Park, Md.) has started 36 games for the Terrapins, and has posted a solid .268 batting average. Her 14 RBI ties for fifth on the squad, and her two home runs on the season tie for fourth.
Scouting Saint Joseph'sThe Saint Joseph's Hawks bring a 25-10 (7-8 Atlantic 10) record into their first-ever meeting with the Terps. The Hawks have won eight of their last 10 games, including two out of three in a series with conference foe Dayton last weekend.
First-year head coach Moo Moyer is the fourth bench boss in the 20-year history of the Saint Joe's program. He brought an impressive ASA coaching resume, one that includes a pair of Pennsylvania state championships, when he took the program's reigns after the Hawks' 2001 season.
Moyer has engineered a tremendous turnaround for the Hawks' squad, who posted a 12-23-1 record a season ago.
Six Saint Joseph's players boast batting averages above .300, led by freshman outfielder Megan Richardson. Rookie catcher Alicia Cunic has driven in a team-leading 32 RBI, while sophomore Lindsey McNamara paces the squad with seven homers.
The Hawks' pitching staff owns a combined 1.75 ERA, led by sophomore Dana Travis' 1.59. Travis leads the squad with 14 wins and 125 strikeouts, while junior hurler Brandie Adams is 10-3 on the season with a 1.93 ERA.
Towson Doubleheader Re-Scheduled For April 30The doubleheader that was originally scheduled for March 20 at Towson has now been re-slated for April 30 at 3:30 p.m. The games had been moved to Towson due to rain and postponed until the eventual date could be found for re-scheduling. The doubleheader meeting between the Terps and Tigers will be the second this season.
Field Of DreamsConstruction is now complete on the University of Maryland's new $3.6 million softball complex after ground was broken last summer. The facility stands as the latest improvement to a Maryland athletics program that already ranks among Sports Illustrated For Women's Top 10 institutions in the nation for female athletes.
Amenities at the state-of-the-art facility include stadium seating for over 1,000 fans, underground dugouts with restrooms, two bullpen areas and four batting cages, light towers, an electronic scoreboard, a concessions area, a ticket booth, a press box and a natural Bermuda Grass outfield. Located adjacent to Maryland's future Comcast Center on the north side of campus, student-athletes will have access to locker room and weight training facilities, an indoor practice gymnasium, athletic department offices and the academic support and career development unit. Parents, fans and media will have ample parking when the Comcast lots are complete.
Since the softball program's inception in 1995, eighth-year mentor LaMandre has guided the Terps to a 245-194-1 record. The three-time NFCA Mid-Atlantic coach of the year put her program on the national map first in 1997 with a share of the ACC tournament title, and even more so in 1999 when the team amassed a 51-23 record, a No. 12 national ranking and advancement to the NCAA regional final game. The 2001 Terrapins posted a 39-23 record.