Virginia Softball Falls To Maryland 5-3 In ACC Championship
May 14, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sixth-seeded Maryland scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, and then held off a Cavalier rally in the bottom of the frame, to register a 5-3 victory over the third-seeded Virginia softball team in the second game of the ACC Championship Friday afternoon (May 14) at the Seminole Softball Complex. With the loss, UVa falls to 38-25 on the season and will play the loser of the Florida State/Georgia Tech game at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday morning.
The Cavaliers led 3-2 heading into the top of the seventh, but Maryland (32-25) came back to take a 5-3 lead with three runs, two of which were unearned, in the seventh inning. Nneka Cardoza drew a one-out walk and advanced to third on Kerri Lounge’s double off the left field wall. Crystal Rizzuto was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. Cardoza scored on Lindsay Klein’s fielder’s choice grounder when UVa’s catcher misplayed a high throw for an error. With the bases loaded, Monica Cyphert drew a walk to force in Lounge and Rizzuto scored on Liz Gall’s sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.
The Cavaliers got back-to-back hits from fourth-year first baseman Hannah Owings (Issaquah, Wash./Liberty) and third-year catcher Jenn Wynn (Herndon, Va./Herndon) to start the bottom half of the seventh. The Terrapins then brought in Jessica Aditays who got a strikeout before issuing a walk to second-year right fielder Jackie Greer (Portage, Mich./Portage Northern) to load the bases. Aditays got the next to batters to end the threat and the game.
Maryland took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. Cardoza led off the inning with a walk and stole second base with one out. She advanced to third on Rizzuto’s infield single. Rizzuto and Cardoza then scored on Klein’s two-run double to center field.
The Cavaliers answered Maryland’s two runs with three of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Greer led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on second-year center fielder Jessica Taylor’s (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Academy) single to left field. Fourth-year shortstop Heather Field (Lincoln, Calif./Lincoln) drove in both runners with a triple to center field to knot the game at 2-2. First-year second baseman Elea Crockett (Tucson, Ariz../University) staked the Cavaliers to a 3-2 lead with a single to right field that drove in Field.
Second-year Erin Horn (Tallahassee, Fla./Leon) pitched the final 2.2 innings and took the loss to fall to 17-10 on the season. Horn retired the first six batters she faced before getting into trouble with one out in the seventh. Horn gave up three runs, only one of which was earned, on one hit with five strikeouts and two walks. Fourth-year Joanna Barstad (Canby, Ore./Canby) pitched the first 4.1 innings and allowed two runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout. Cyphert picked up the win in the circle to improve to 11-9 on the season. In six innings, she allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and three walks. Aditays earned her second save of the season as she struck out two batters and walked one in one inning of work.
The game marked the 261st of Field’s career which tied the school record for games played. Meg Young (1998-2001) now shares the record with Field. Wynn, who had two hits in the game, also tied a school record with her 19th double of the season. Jamie Hahn had 19 doubles in the 1996 season.