SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 7 Salisbury University softball team is set to make a run at the Capital Athletic Conference tournament title, beginning with a first-round game against Frostburg State University beginning at noon on Thursday, April 16 at Christopher Newport University.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls went 11-3 in CAC play during the regular season to lock up the No. 2 seed in this week's tournament. Salisbury is 23-4 overall for 2015, at one point putting together a 17-game winning streak. In the CAC this year, Salisbury was a perfect 6-0 away from home.
How they got here
The Bobcats finished with an 8-6 record in league play, which was good for a tie for third, with the University of Mary Washington. The Bobcats are the third-seeded team in the field, due to the second tie-breaker with the Eagles. The teams split a doubleheader on Monday, April 13, but the Bobcats earned a win against Salisbury over the weekend, serving as the tie-breaker, with neither team able to best the top-seeded Captains from CNU.
Scouting Frostburg State
Frostburg State was 17-10 overall during the regular season, having split its final three doubleheaders of the year. The Bobcats are paced by Hannah Tavik, who leads the team with a .465 batting average, which ranks second in the CAC. Five other Bobcats enter the tournament with a .300 batting average of better. Tavik also ranks in the top 10 in the CAC in ERA, at 3.54.
The teams split their only meeting of the season, a doubleheader at the SU Softball Field this past Sunday, April 12. Salisbury grabbed the opener behind six strong innings from senior Rachel Johnson, who surrendered just five hits and struck out 10 in a six-inning, 8-0 win. The Bobcats got their own outstanding start from Allison Short in the nightcap, allowing just six Sea Gull hits in a 3-2 victory.
The Sea Gulls hold a 23-2 all-time edge in the series with Frostburg, winning 21 straight before Sunday's defeat. In neutral-site contests, Salisbury holds a 4-1 edge against Frostburg.
Streaking into the tournament
Juniors Kim Dorsey and Paige Knussman make a formidable duo for any pitcher to face near the top of the Salisbury lineup, and the two players have been mainstays on the base paths for the Sea Gulls. Dorsey has reached base in 21-straight games entering the CAC tournament, while Knussman has done so in 20 games in a row. Dorsey has accomplished the feat with at least one hit in each of the 21 games, as well.
The winner advances to play on Thursday at the 10 a.m., taking on either top-seeded Christopher Newport University or the winner of fifth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania and fourth-seeded Mary Washington's game. The loser will play against on Wednesday afternoon, taking on the loser of the opening game of the tournament between York and Mary Washington.