NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University softball team survived an elimination game on Friday afternoon, against Frostburg State University, in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, and the Sea Gulls will need to win twice today, against top-seeded Christopher Newport University, to win the program's 18th-straight CAC tournament title.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls (33-2) came back from an early 1-0 deficit in an elimination game against third-seeded Frostburg State on Friday to get to Saturday's championship day in the tournament. The Sea Gulls got two home runs from sophomore Molly Simpson and classmate Paige Knussman drilled a grand slam, her ninth home run of the year, to lead Salisbury to the 11-6 win.
How they got here
The Captains (34-6) have won their two games in the tournament, including a 1-0 victory against Salisbury on Saturday. Freshman Makayla Jenkins surrendered just four hits to the Sea Gulls on Friday in the win, three of which came in the seventh inning, as the game ended on a close play at the plate, where pinch runner Molly Gigioli was thrown out trying to score from second base on a single by Simpson.
Let's play two
Having taken a loss to Christopher Newport in the early game on Friday, Salisbury will need to win twice against the Captains today to claim the CAC title.
Mother Nature backs it up
With the rain that came into the Newport News area overnight and continues to fall this morning, the start time for today's first game was pushed back five hours, with the first pitch of the day now slated for 3 p.m. If a second game is necessary, it will begin approximately 30 minutes following the completion of the first.
Today's play ends the CAC tournament, but the Sea Gulls still have one regular-season doubleheader remaining, at Stevenson University on Sunday, April 27, before the start of NCAA tournament play. Salisbury came into the tournament ranked first in the Atlantic Region by the NCAA in its first region rankings of the year.