Softball sweeps Lynchburg to cap off weekend

Softball sweeps Lynchburg to cap off weekend

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team took the field for the third-consecutive day, with a doubleheader against Lynchburg College at the SU Softball Field, claiming a pair of wins heading into a five-day break.

Game 1: Salisbury 7, Lynchburg 1

The Hornets threatened in the top of the first inning against Salisbury starting pitcher Rachel Johnson as Danielle Powell ripped a two-out double to left center. The next batter, Amber Ingram hit a liner that seemed destined for left field and a Hornet lead, but shortstop Kim Dorsey lunged to grab the liner, ending the inning.

It was Dorsey who gave the Gulls the lead in the home half of the first, drilling a 2-and-2 pitch from Lynchburg starter Hope Johnson, sending over the center field fence for a solo home run, the junior's second long ball of the year.

The Sea Gulls kept things going offensively in the second when junior Molly Simpson ripped a double into the left-field corner and scored on Angela Malgieri's single up the middle for the 2-0 edge.

Dorsey would score again in the third, as Salisbury doubled the lead. The shortstop walked to open the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on Paige Knussman's sharp single through the left side. Knussman would later come around from second when Rebecca Hoey's two-out pop up in the infield dropped safely.

The Sea Gulls would score again in the fourth with sophomore Caitlin Lake reaching on an infield single and scoring on a bases-loaded walk by Katie Sebbane.

The 5-0 cushion would hold up with ease, as Rachel Johnson limited the Hornets to just four hits while striking out five, scoring only the one run in the seventh on a solo home run by Amber Ingram.

Game 2: Salisbury 8, Lynchburg 3

The Hornets (10-5) threatened first in the second game, working deep counts against Salisbury starting pitcher Annah Brittingham and earning a single through the right side by Skylar Seals and a walk for Amber Sulter to put two on with two outs. On the eighth pitch of Nicole Riley's at-bat, the Lynchburg shortstop sent a sinking fly ball to right-center field, but Rachel Spadin, the Sea Gull center fielder, had a good jump on the ball and made the catch on the run to end the threat.

Lynchburg would load the bases in the third with just one out, but Brittngham would escape the jam, getting a comebacker and retiring the lead runner at the plate before getting Logan Walker looking for one of her two strikeouts to keep the game scoreless.

The offense would reward the junior in the bottom of the third with the lead, scoring six runs. LeAnne Collins drew a two-out walk after falling behind 1-and-2 to Lynchburg starter Conner English, and the Sea Gulls grabbed the lead on Sebbane's double that just got under the glove of the diving left fielder, scoring the speedy Collins from first.

The lead grew when the next batter, Knussman, crushed English's second offering to her over the batting cage beyond left field for a two-run home run, and a 3-0 lead.

Back-to-back singles from Hoey and Simpson would chase English from the game, bringing on Kirsten Copley. Brittingham greeted her with a single down the left field line, scoring Hoey from second and Lake followed with a two-run single to push the lead to 6-0.

Lynchburg would get to Brittingham for three runs, on four hits, in the top of the fourth, bringing Rachel Johnson into the game. She would end the inning, getting a soft line drive out, stranding a pair of runners in scoring position, preserving the 6-3 lead.

The Sea Gulls (8-1) would add two more runs in the fourth and Johnson cruised the rest of the way, allowing just four base runners over the final 3 1/3 innings to collect the win in relief, her sixth of the season.

The Sea Gulls will be off for the rest of the week, opening up Capital Athletic Conference play next Saturday, March 21 at the University of Mary Washington in a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.

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