SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University softball team secured the second seed in next week's Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a doubleheader split against CAC opponent Frostburg State University on Sunday afternoon at the SU Softball Field on Senior Day.
Game 1: Salisbury 8, Frostburg St. 0 (6 inn.)
Salisbury got to Frostburg State starting pitcher Hannah Tavik early in the first game, scoring three times in the second inning and adding a single run in the third for the early 4-0 lead.
Senior Rachel Johnson singled up the middle to score the game's first run, and after a sacrifice bunt, freshman LeAnne Collins drove home Sebbane for the 2-0 lead. A Bobcat error allowed Johnson to score for the three-run advantage.
In the third, Brittingham again started things with a hit, and moved around to third before Angela Malgieri's infield single brought her home for the 4-0 lead.
The offense was plenty for Johnson, who started in the circle and went the distance for Salisbury, surrendering just five hits while striking out 10.
The 7-0 lead lasted until the bottom of the sixth when Simpson came through again, this time lacing a single to left field, scoring freshman Allison Clampitt, who came on as a pinch runner, for the final run for the game, and the 8-0 win.
Brittingham and Collins each had three hits in the win, while Brittingham scored twice.
Game 2: Frostburg St. 3, Salisbury 2
In the second game, the Salisbury bats struggled against Frostburg State starter Allison Short. The Gulls (24-3, 11-3 CAC) were able to record six hits against Short, and get runners into scoring position, but could push home just two runs.
It was the Bobcats (16-9, 7-5) that would get on the board first, scoring single runs in both the second and third innings off Brittingham, Salisbury's game two starter.
The two-run lead would only last so long, with Salisbury getting two runs back in the bottom of the fourth inning, to tie the game. Paige Knussman opened the frame with a double ripped down the left field line, for Salisbury's first hit off Short and after a pair of fly outs, Simpson notched a double to left-center field, scoring Knussman. The Sea Gulls tied the game when Sebbane singled up the middle.
The Bobcats threatened to retake the lead in the fifth inning against Johnson, who came on in relief in the third, loading the bases with two outs, but Johnson got a pop up in foul ground, which Sebbane hauled in to end the inning, but Frostburg got the run it needed in the sixth.
Tavik, playing first base in the second game, recorded a single to the left side of the infield, scoring Sam Gatton for the go-ahead run.
Salisbury would not go without a fight, coming up one hit short of tying or winning the game in the bottom of the seventh, loading the bases before Short go out of the jam. With two outs, Dorsey singled to center and Collins walked. Knussman would load the bases with a walk, finishing off a 15-pitch at-bat, in which she fouled off nine consecutive two-strike pitches. But an infield pop out would end the chance and the game.
Knussmand and Simpson each had a pair of hits in the game.
Short did not strike out a batter in the game, but walked three, while giving up the six hits and collecting her ninth win of the year.
Salisbury will head to Christopher Newport University for the CAC tournament, beginning on Thursday, April 16. The Sea Gulls will take on the third-seeded team, either Frostburg State or the University of Mary Washington, in a first-round game, scheduled to begin at noon.