SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team picked up a doubleheader sweep in its second shot at Capital Athletic Conference action this season, taking down York College of Pennsylvania at the SU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon. The Sea Gulls claimed wins of 10-1 and 6-4.
Game one: Salisbury 10, York 1 (6 inn.)
The Sea Gulls battled through the first five innings of a close game in the opener, before putting things away in the sixth.
Sophomore Kim Dorsey got things going with a two-out single down the right-field line in the first inning. She was able to advance to third, and the inning continued, due to a York error. The Gulls grabbed the 1-0 lead when sophomore Paige Knussman's pop up was grabbed by the wind, leading to an infield single, as Dorsey came home.
The Spartans would get to Salisbury starter Rachel Johnson for their lone run of the game in the top of the fourth when Katie Maloney turned on a pitch over the inside corner for a solo home run to left. It's the first home run allowed by Johnson this year and just the fourth earned run.
The home run snapped a run of eight-straight Spartans that Johnson put down on strikes.
Salisbury would regain the lead for good on a solo shot by Rebecca Hoey. The junior turned on the first pitch she saw from York starter Jennifer Taff in the bottom of the fourth inning. Spartan left fielder Jenna Ruby raced to the fence, but Hoey's shot just cleared for her second round tripper of the year.
It was all Johnson and senior pitcher Kathryn Larson from there. Larson came on in relief in the fifth inning. The pair allowed no Spartans to reach base in the final two innings, as Johnson picked up the win and Larson grabbed her first save of the year. Johnson struck out 10 in 4 1/3 innings while Larson retired all five batters she faced, two on strikes.
The Salisbury offense put things away in the bottom of the sixth inning, as another York error extended the inning. The Sea Gulls started things with a one-out single by Knussman and a walk to Hoey. Senior Angela Magieri singled up the middle, scoring Knussman for a 3-1 lead and two runs came in when Molly Simpson's fly to center field was dropped.
Dorsey was the only player with a multi-hit game in the opener, going 2-for-4.
Game two: Salisbury 6, York 4
The second game saw another tight contest throughout as it remained scoreless until the fourth inning.
Salisbury got two hits in the bottom of the first inning, but got nothing to show for it.
A leadoff single with an error gave the Spartans a runner at second with no outs in the third inning, but Larson worked through the jam, getting a flyout, a groundout and strikeout to strand the runner.
The Sea Gulls took control in the bottom of the fourth, coming up with four runs on four hits as things got started when Dorsey was hit by a pitch. She advanced to third on Knussman's double to left field and scored on a single by sophomore Katie Sebbane for the 1-0 lead.
An infield single by Molly Gigioli would score Knussman to double the lead before junior Virginia Walther stepped in to pinch hit. Walther fell behind 0-and-2 before evening the count and then drilled a two-run double to left field, spraying chalk as the shot hit on the foul line.
Salisbury added another run the next inning when Dorsey turned on the third pitch of the fifth inning for a solo home run that carried beyond the batting cage and trees in left field for a 5-0 lead; it was Dorsey's 10th home run of the season.
The Spartans (8-18, 0-6 CAC) would not go quietly, getting to Larson for three runs in the sixth, on a three-run home run by Carleigh Ruleman.
Salisbury (23-1, 3-1 CAC) would get one back in the home half, pushing the lead to 6-3 when Spadin missed a home run by just a few feet in left field, settling for a double off the fence, scoring Gigioli.
York would get one run in the seventh, but Larson would close things out with the potential tying run on base, finishing off her third complete game of the year. The Frederick, Md., native struck out seven while giving up six hits in her seven innings in the circle, improving to 9-1 on the year.
Salisbury will be back in action on Sunday, hosting CAC newcomer Penn State University-Harrisburg in a doubleheader at the SU Softball Field beginning at 1 p.m.