SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University softball team extended its Capital Athletic Conference championship run with a 1-0 victory over Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon at the SU Softball Field to claim its 18th CAC crown.
Salisbury (35-2) entered the day as the only unbeaten team in the double-elimination tournament and ended the tournament in the same fashion as senior Carly Read's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth would plate freshman Katie Sebbane for the only run in the contest.
The Sea Gulls had plenty of chances early on, including an opportunity in the first inning with runners on second and third and just one out, but Bobcat pitcher Mary Ann Moore kept the Sea Gulls in check to escape the inning allowing no runs to cross home plate.
A pitching duel between Moore and sophomore Rachel Johnson continued into the fourth as the game remained scoreless before Sebbane led off the bottom of the frame with a double to the gap in left field. Senior Lindsay McCabe laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Sebbane to third and a long fly ball by Read gave Sebbane enough time to make it to home after Taylor Vandegrift made the snag in center field, beating the throw at the plate.
Frostburg St. (29-11) filled the bases in the sixth inning, looking to put a run on the scoreboard. Vandegrift singled up the middle to lead off the inning before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. With the tying run on second, Johnson collected the second out of the inning with the help of junior Angelia McDowell, who caught a fly ball in left field.
With two outs and the bases loaded, after a Shari Beavers walk, Johnson was relieved by junior pitcher Kathryn Larson. Johnson worked a total of 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and three walks.
Sebbane would catch a low line drive just before it tagged the dirt near third base to pick up the third out and escape the inning unscathed.
Larson and the Sea Gulls took care of the Bobcats in the top of the seventh to go on and win their 17th consecutive conference title.
Larson earned her first save of the season while Johnson recorded the win to improve to 22-1.
Salisbury will now await the announcement of the NCAA tournament field next week to find out where they will be heading to open up play in their quest for a national championship.