SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team collected a doubleheader sweep against Wesley College on Wednesday afternoon at the SU Softball Field to remain perfect in Capital Athletic Conference play.
Game 1: Salisbury 8, Wesley 2
Senior pitcher Rachel Johnson got things started strong, retiring the first seven Wolverine batters, five of which went down by strikeout. The first base runner got on in the top of the third when Johnson's pitch clipped the arm of Samantha Mahoski. Mahoski advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and after a groundout, Morgan Seymour's infield single brought home Mahoski for the 1-0 Wolverine advantage.
The Salisbury offense struggled against Wesley starter Lindsay Siok in the early going, getting just one runner on base in the opening two innings of play. Wolverine left fielder Sarah Saunders helped contribute to the slow start, as she robbed Paige Knussman of certain extra bases, diving to snag Knussman's hooking line drive into the left field corner in the second inning. The next batter, Rebecca Hoey marked Salisbury's first base runner of the game, dropping a soft liner into left field for a single, but would be stranded.
One swing of the bat would change things for the Gulls in the fourth. Knussman walked with one out and Hoey was hit with a pitch before junior Molly Simpson put the Gulls ahead. Simpson turned on a 1-and-1 offering from Siok, drilling a line drive that hooked just around the foul pole in left field for a three-run home run, her first of the year.
Salisbury added two more runs in the fifth when junior Katie Sebbane connected for her first long ball of the year, a two-run shot, and put up three runs on three hits in the sixth.
Johnson closed out the win, surrendering an unearned run in the top of the seventh, but no more. She struck out a dozen and gave up just three hits in the complete-game effort.
Game 2: Salisbury 7, Wesley 0
The Salisbury offense sparked a bit quicker in the second game as Dorsey led off the bottom of the first inning by drilling the first strike offered by Wesley starter Lily Engel over the left-field fence for her fifth home run of the season.
The Wolverines would get just three base runners against junior pitcher Annah Brittingham, who was on her game, allowing just two hits in the contest.
The lead increased in the third when Dorsey led off with a walk and advanced on a bunt base hit from LeAnne Collins. Knussman would lay down a sacrifice bunt, and Wesley first baseman Mahoski threw behind Dorsey at third, but the throw would get away, bringing home the second run.
Sebbane followed with a triple into the right-field corner, bringing home Collins. Hoey and Brittingham would also bring home runs as the Sea Gulls scored four runs on four hits in the inning to push the lead to 5-0.
Sebbane would also drive in a run in the fourth to cap the scoring for the game as Brittingham rolled to her fifth win.
Dorsey had three hits in the second game to finish the doubleheader with a 5-for-6 performance including a pair of walks, while Sebbane had three hits on the day.
The Sea Gulls return to action this weekend, traveling to Pennsylvania for a pair of CAC doubleheaders, taking on York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 28, and Penn State University-Harrisburg on Sunday, March 29.