NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 1 Salisbury University softball team opened play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday afternoon, picking up a 10-3 victory against third-seeded Frostburg State University.
Salisbury, the second-seeded team, will next play in the tournament on Friday morning at 10 a.m.
The Sea Gulls (32-1) got on the board in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Angelia McDowell reached on a one-out error before sophomore Kim Dorsey walked. Two batters later, sophomore Katie Sebbane ripped a two-run double to left for the early lead.
Salisbury starting pitcher Rachel Johnson allowed just one base runner in the first three innings, coming on a Salisbury error. The first hit for Frostburg (16-10) came in the top of the fourth when Renay Aubel's slow roller up the middle led to an infield hit. Lauren Capece followed with a single to left, but Johnson got a fly out to end the threat, maintaining the two-run lead.
Salisbury would add two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning, to increase the lead. Molly Simpson singled to left field before advancing to scoring position on a sacrifice bunt. Simpson would come home on senior Harley Hill's double to right center, for the 3-0 lead and the Gulls would make it four when McDowell doubled to bring home Hill.
Junior catcher Rebecca Hoey drilled a two-run home run with no outs in the bottom of the fifth, scoring Sebbane in front of her, to push the lead to 6-0.
Frostburg State would cut into the lead in the top of the sixth. Caitlin Lovend singled and Bailey Ellsworth drew a 15-pitch walk, fouling off nine two-strike pitches, to give the Bobcats two runners on with no outs. Hannah Tavik came up with the three-run home run to left field, to cut the Salisbury lead in half.
The Gulls would cap the scoring in the bottom of the sixth, as Dorsey crushed a two-run home run to left-center field to push the lead back to five runs and a two-run double by Molly Simpson, scoring Sebbane and Angela Malgieri, made the score 10-3.
Salisbury advances to tomorrow's 10 a.m., contest, where the Sea Gulls will take on either top-seeded Christopher Newport University or fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania. York won the first game of the event, Thursday morning, against the University of Mary Washington.
For more information on the schedule, as it becomes available, visit www.suseagulls.com.