May 10, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Terrapin hurler Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.) battled Georgia Tech rookie Jessica Salinger for much of a nine inning pitchers' duel, but a bases-loaded single from the Yellow Jackets' Tasha Waugh gave the Maryland softball squad an opening round loss, 1-0, in the 2002 ACC Softball Championships. The Terrapins face Virginia on Saturday at 11 a.m. for a chance to continue play at the double-elimination conference tournament.
Bettker was solid through the first seven innings of the game, scattering three hits and striking out six. She erased Georgia Tech threats in the first, second and seventh, but Sallinger, her Yellow Jacket counterpart, was also brilliant with a tournament single-game record 13 strikeouts. The Tech newcomer thwarted Maryland's scoring chances in the fourth, sixth, eighth and ninth as the Terrapins stranded nine runners for the game.
With the contest still scoreless in the eighth, sophomore Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio) took over for the Terps in the pitcher's circle. She retired the Jackets in order that inning thanks in part by a Jen Peel (St. Leonard, Md.) fielding gem that resulted in a double-play.
The second year right-hander ran into trouble in the ninth, however, giving up a leadoff double to Tech junior Lindsay Wood and loading the bases with a pair of walks. Bettker returned to attempt to halt the Yellow Jackets, but a drive by Waugh to deep centerfield ended the game at 1-0. The runs were charged to Cyphert, whose record moves to 10-5 with the loss.
For the Terrapins, All-ACC redshirt sophomore Samantha Sweeney (Marlton, N.J.) went 2-for-4 with a stolen base. Sophomore's Casey Leiter (Lake Stephens, Wash.) and Liz Gall (Bothell, Wash.) both recorded hits for the Terps as well.
Fans unable to attend this weekend's games in Tallahassee can follow the action with live stats on the Internet at www.umterps.com beginning at 11 a.m. Maryland had lost twice to Virginia during the regular season last year, but defeated the Cavaliers in the conference tournament, 3-1, thanks to a strong performance from Bettker and a clutch RBI-single from Danielle Carpenter (Mt. Laurel, N.J.). The Terps have fallen in two games to Virginia this season as well - once at the Tar Heel Invitational (7-5 on April 6) and once in an ACC game at home (3-2 on April 21).
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