Softball splits two on first day of Grand Slam Tournament in North Carolina

Softball splits two on first day of Grand Slam Tournament in North Carolina

CARY, N.C. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team split two games on the opening day of the Grand Slam Tournament, falling to Roanoke College, 6-3, before taking down Salem College, 11-4.

Roanoke 6, Salisbury 3

The Sea Gulls got on the board first, in the top of the second inning. Freshman Courtney Tate walked with one out and moved into scoring position before senior Kim Dorsey's double brought around the run for the 1-0 lead.

The Maroons would respond with four runs in the bottom of the second, registering just two hits, while taking advantage of a Salisbury error with all four runs in the frame being unearned.

The Roanoke lead grew to 6-1 with single runs in the third and sixth innings, as Salisbury made a move in the top of the seventh inning.

Sophomore LeAnne Collins opened the inning with a triple and scored on senior Paige Knussman's ground out, cutting the deficit to 6-2.

Senior Katie Sebbane was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a double by freshman Brooke Mizelle, but 6-3 was as close as Salisbury would get.

Salisbury 11, Salem 4

Salisbury (2-2) jumped out to a four-run lead early in its second game of the day. Senior Molly Simpson reached on a one-out error in the first inning and came around to score on Knussman's double.

In the bottom of the second, the Sea Gulls put up three more runs, with Collins driving in freshman Julie Saathoff, and Dorsey sending Simpson home.

The Spirits scored two runs in the top of the third on a two-run home run, but they were the only runs surrendered by game two starter Mizelle, who collected her second win of the season, working four innings while striking out three.

Salisbury opened up the game with five runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by Simpson's first home run of the year, a three-run shot, and two more runs came home in the fourth for an 11-2 lead.

Salem scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to keep the game going, but reliever Annie Pietanza kept the Spirits off the board the rest of the way for her first save of the year.

The Sea Gulls close out play in the event on Sunday, February 28 taking on a pair of ranked opponents. Salisbury plays No. 9 Rowan University at 12 p.m., and No. 18 Emory University at 2 p.m.

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