ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – The No. 3 Salisbury University softball team opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins at the Triangle Classic, defeating Neumann University, 11-0 in five innings, and taking down North Carolina Wesleyan College, 3-1.
Salisbury 11, Neumann 0 (5 inn.)
In the opening contest, the Sea Gulls got on the board early as senior Harley Hill opened the Sea Gulls' half of the first inning with a double before behind sacrificed to third base. Sophomore infielder Kim Dorsey stepped to the plate and started the offensive outburst, with a two-run home run; the first of her two homers on the day.
The two runs were plenty for the Salisbury pitching staff as junior Rachel Johnson faced just 14 batters in four inning of work, recording all 12 outs by strikeout. The only two to reach against Johnson came on a bunt and a bloop base hit.
Johnson gave way to freshman Ashley Lesniewski, who retired the side in order in the fifth to close out the win.
Hill finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and junior Angela Malgieri was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles.
Salisbury 3, N.C. Wesleyan 1
Salisbury's second game of the day was a bit closer, though the Gulls never trailed, scoring all three runs on a pair of home runs.
With the game scoreless in the second inning, sophomore Katie Sebbane led the frame with a single to center field, and came around to score on junior Rebecca Hoey's two-run blast to left-center field for the 2-0 Salisbury lead.
Hoey not only led the way offensively, but the catcher was strong defensively as well, throwing out a potential base stealer in the top of the second inning.
Senior pitcher Kathryn Larson kept the Battling Bishops off the scoreboard for the first five innings of the contest before N.C. Wesleyan worked a pair of walks and a bunt single to load the bases with no outs in the sixth.
Larson got a fly out and a strikeout before another walk allowed the first N.C. Wesleyan run of the game, cutting the lead to 2-1. But another groundout ended the threat with the bases loaded.
Salisbury (2-0) got the run right back as Dorsey led off the bottom of the sixth with her second home run of the day, this time a solo shot, stretching the lead to 3-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Battling Bishops would get the tying run in the scoring position, but Johnson came one to close the door with a strikeout to end the game, for her first save of the year.
Larson struck out 10 in her 6 1/3 in the circle, while Dorsey and Hoey each finished with a pair of hits.
The Sea Gulls return to action tomorrow at the Triangle Classic with games against Roanoke College and William Peace University. Those games will be played in Raleigh, N.C., with the first contest, against Roanoke, beginning at 10 a.m.