Feb. 21, 2002
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland softball squad (5-5) heads into its third straight weekend of invitational play at the USF-Holiday Inn Tournament in Tampa, Fla. The Terps tangle with the Seton Hall Pirates, Indiana Hoosiers, Hofstra Pride and Coastal Carolina Lady Chants before a meeting with the host South Florida Bulls. The Terps and Pirates open the tournament on Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. at the USF Softball Field.
The Terrapins are coming off a 2-3 weekend after facing stiff competition at the Florida State Seminole Classic. The squad came from behind to down Penn State, 5-1, and rookie hurler Jessica Aditays (Shrewbury, Mass.) was solid in her first career shutout victory, 4-0, over St. John's. The victories came amidst Terp losses at the hands of Syracuse, No. 15 Florida State and now No. 23 Georgia.
The competition doesn't get any easier for the Terps this Fri.-Sun. in Tampa. According to Maryland head coach Gina LaMandre, "We are not going to be playing easy competition. What we're looking to do now is 'get over the hump.' We've been playing in tight games with very good teams, and now we want to win them. I want us to bear down and handle those pressure situations. It will come with experience, and we'll keep getting better as the season goes on."
2002 USF-Holiday Inn Tournament
Friday, Feb. 22
10 a.m. Maryland vs. Seton Hall
Noon Maryland vs. Indiana
Saturday, Feb. 23
6 p.m. Maryland vs. Hofstra
8 p.m. Maryland vs. Coastal Carolina
Sunday, Feb. 24
2 p.m. Maryland vs. South Florida
All times Eastern
Recapping The Seminole ClassicSeveral Terrapins put in solid individual performances to help Maryland to two victories and close games with ACC-rival and No. 15 Florida State and now No. 23 Georgia, who went on to win the tournament.
Senior slugger Kiesha Pickeral (Hughesville, Md.) raised her batting average 165 points from .125 to .290 with a 7-for-15 performance that featured one double and three RBI. "I'm really pleased with Kiesha," said LaMandre, "She's hitting the ball well."
Freshman Malissa Moczulski (Burlington, N.J.), who replaces four-year starter Jennifer Potzman at the shortstop position this season, made sensational plays up the middle for the Terps in Tallahassee. The rookie was perfect in 16 chances with 11 assists and five putouts.
Sophomore starting pitcher Monica Cyphert (Warren, Ohio), who has shouldered much of the responsibility in the circle thus far as the result of an injury to senior Amanda Bettker (St. Petersburg, Fla.), posted a 1-2 record last weekend but allowed only four earned runs. The right-hander registered a 1.62 ERA as the pitcher of record against Penn State, Florida State and Georgia, amassing 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.
The newest member of the staff, right-handed Aditays, logged innings against Syracuse before earning her first collegiate complete-game shutout against St. John's. She did not allow an earned run and struck out eight in 11.2 innings of work in the tournament. "Jess did a great job," said LaMandre. "She came in against Syracuse and held a very good team to two hits in five innings. She did a good job against St. John's as well."
Bettker, who has been slowed down by a rib injury since the start of the season, finished the weekend with two scoreless innings against the still-undefeated Bulldogs. She is listed as day-to-day, and could throw in limited action at the USF-Holiday Inn Tournament.
2002 ACC Standings
(as of Feb. 19)
Team W L T
Georgia Tech 5 1 0
Florida State 9 4 0
Virginia 5 2 0
MARYLAND 5 5 0
North Carolina 5 5 0