HARRISBURG, Pa. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team kept its unblemished Capital Athletic Conference record intact on Sunday afternoon, picking up a conference doubleheader sweep at Penn State University-Harrisburg.
Game 1: Salisbury 9, Penn St.-Harrisburg 0 (5 inn.)
The Gulls got the scoring started in a big way in the second inning of the opening game, ripping seven hits, and scoring seven runs in the frame, led off by junior Molly Simpson, who drilled a solo home run to get the scoring started.
Consecutive singles by designated player Annah Brittingham, pitcher Rachel Johnson, and right fielder Angela Malgieri loaded the bases for junior Kim Dorsey. Dorsey was hit by a pitch, forcing in the second Salisbury run before freshman LeAnne Collins singled to drive home Johnson. The big shot of the inning was junior Paige Knussman's three-run triple, clearing the bases.
Katie Sebbane would drive in Knussman, with a double, to cap the inning's scoring, as Salisbury had given a big lead to Johnson.
Johnson needed little help, giving up just four hits in her five innings of work, while striking out nine. She struck out the first five batters she faced, and only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.
Salisbury would add single runs in the fourth and fifth inning, with Simpson driving in one and Dorsey the other. The Sea Gulls saw eight of its nine starting batters register hits in the contest, led by Collins, Simpson and Malgieri, who each had two hits.
Game 2: Salisbury 14, Penn St.-Harrisburg 1
In the final game of the weekend, the Sea Gulls got the scoring started first again, but not until the third inning, after stranding four runners in the first two innings.
In the third, Salisbury plated three runs after Collins and Knussman singled and Sebbane reached on an error to load the bases. A pair of fly outs nearly got Harrisburg (9-5, 2-2 CAC) out of the jam, but Brittingham would not let the Nittany Lions off the hook, ripping a bases-clearing double for the 3-0 lead.
Harrisburg scored one unearned run off Brittingham in the bottom of the third, but the Sea Gulls (18-1, 8-0 CAC) would get it right back in the fourth, on Knussman's single scoring Dorsey for the 4-1 lead.
Brittingham would roll to the win, her seventh of the year, surrendering just five hits in the contest, while walking none and striking out five.
The Sea Gulls extended the lead in the sixth scoring three times with Malgieri driving in a run and Knussman sending two home to push the lead to 7-1. The hit was one of a team-high four for Knussman in the contest.
But the big outburst came in the seventh, when Salisbury scored seven times on seven hits, highlighted by two-run doubles from Simpson and sophomore Summer Paglianete.
Every starter notched at least one hit in the game and all but one scored, as the Sea Gulls put up 21 hits in the contest.
The victories push Salisbury's winning streak to 15 games as the Sea Gulls head back into action on Wednesday, hosting Stevenson University in a doubleheader which begins at 3 p.m.