SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team scored 19 runs in 12 innings in the final day of play in the Salisbury Invitational. The Sea Gulls took down Ithaca College, 8-0, in six innings and then followed with another run-rule performance, dominating the State University of New York at Cortland, 11-0, in six innings.
Sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson took to the circle for SU's game against Ithaca and continued her dominating strikeout performance, fanning 11 Bombers.
Salisbury (16-2) put up four runs in the bottom of the second inning off four hits, quickly loading the bases, allowing senior outfielder Lindsay McCabe to earn an RBI, the first of the game, as she was hit by a pitch. Two consecutive singles by freshman third baseman Katie Sebbane and junior first baseman Harley Hill brought in two runs to bring the score to 3-0 before senior designated player Lindsay Brown hit a sacrifice fly to plate classmate Carly Read. Hill finished the day going 4-for-7 with 4 RBIs and two runs scored.
Read would send a two-run homer out past left field in the fifth inning to push SU's lead to 7-0 before senior shortstop Hannah Mills hit a triple that ended the contest, plating pinch runner Meredith Blades.
Ithaca (5-5) struggled in the batters box as Johnson's performance increased her strikeout total to 126 in her 12 appearances. The Preston, Md., native gave up three hits in the game and is now 9-1 on the season.
In SU's second meeting with SUNY Cortland in the invitational, junior pitcher Kathryn Larson came out firing after allowing two runs the previous day against the Red Dragons (5-7). Larson picked up her seventh win and second shutout. The junior fanned five Red Dragons while allowing just two hits and walking two.
The Sea Gulls scored six runs in the top of the second inning before Cortland pulled starting pitcher Sam Bender for Allison Macari, who received the final out of the inning with the help of third baseman Molly O'Donnell. The maroon and gold's six runs were scored off five hits, including freshman designated player Paige Knussman's double to left field that brought home Hill and Sebbane. Knussman went 3-for-3 on the day with two RBIs.
Salisbury's bats would explode again in the sixth inning earning four runs off four hits to take an 11-0 lead.
Larson would finish out the game in the bottom of the sixth, allowing just one hit in the inning.
For the weekend, Mills led the Sea Gulls with a .462 average, going 6-for-13 with one triple, one run scored and three RBIs. Hill led the team with six RBIs followed by Knussman with four; Knussman went 5-for-5 with one double.
Salisbury returns to action on March 27 as they travel to Christopher Newport University for a doubleheader against the Capitals before entering Capital Athletic Conference play on April 6 against the University of Mary Washington at the SU Softball Field.