SALISBURY, Md. – On the day the No. 2 Salisbury University softball team celebrated Head Coach Margie Knight's 700th win, the team took a pair of losses on Saturday afternoon to No. 21 Christopher Newport University at the SU Softball Field.
Game 1: Christopher Newport 7, Salisbury 1
The first game saw a number of early opportunities for the Sea Gulls to take a lead, but Salisbury could not come up with the timely hit.
Junior Kim Dorsey opened the bottom of the first inning, with a single up the middle and freshman LeAnne Collins reached on a bunt single. With two outs, Salisbury still had two runners on, but a strikeout for Christopher Newport starter Hanah Marshall stranded the runners.
The Sea Gulls saw the leadoff batters reach base in three of the next four innings, as well, loading the bases three times, but Marshall would keep the Gulls off the board, long enough for a well-timed hit from Scoop Simon.
The Captains grabbed the lead in the top of the fourth when Simon connected on a 3-and-2 pitch, going to right field for a solo home run that just cleared the fence for the 1-0 lead.
Simon struck again, this time with a three-run shot, in the top of the sixth inning, lifting a fly ball out to center field that got up in the wind and just kept carrying. Junior center fielder Rachel Spadin had a beat on the ball, getting to the fence, and leaping, but it carried just over the fence for the home run.
The Captains would add three in the seventh before Salisbury got on the board in the home half of the inning with senior catcher Rebecca Hoey connecting on her fourth home run of the year, a shot to left-center field.
Senior pitcher Rachel Johnson struck out 11 in the outing, working her 11th complete game of the year.
Game 2: Christopher Newport 13, Salisbury 2 (6 inn.)
In the second game, the Captains (19-6, 8-0 CAC) got to Brittingham for three runs in the first inning, off two hits, but the Salisbury bats got a run right back in the bottom of the inning, with three hits of their own.
With one out, Simpson singled to right field and Dorsey followed with a single that drew chalk down the left-field line to put two runners on. Paige Knussman stepped up and ripped a double to the gap in right-center field, scoring Simpson, cutting the lead to 3-1. A walk loaded the bases with one out, but the three runners would be stranded.
The game held at 3-1 over the next three innings with Brittingham and Captains starter Krista Lewis getting in a groove. Brittingham allowed just one base runner over the next three innings, while Salisbury (20-3, 8-2 CAC) had two hits against Lewis, but could not push a runner home.
The Captains put together five runs in the fifth, before Salisbury got a solo home run from Dorsey, her seventh of the year, and 22nd of her career. With 22 homers, she moves into a tie for ninth on the all-time Salisbury list with Becky Keller (1994-97).
The run cut the deficit to six, but the Captains would put the game away in the sixth with five more runs.
Salisbury was paced by Dorsey and Knussman, each with two hits in the game.
Salisbury will look to rebound next weekend, hosting the team's final two CAC doubleheaders on Saturday, April 11, against Southern Virginia University, and on Sunday, April 12 against Frostburg State University.