SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 11 Salisbury University softball team claimed an 8-0 win against Clarkson University on the first day of the Salisbury Invitational at the SU Softball Field on Saturday.
The game looked like it would be a pitchers' duel early with Salisbury senior Annah Brittingham and Clarkson's Jamie Bridge allowing just five base runners through the top of the third inning, but the Salisbury bats would come alive late in the game.
In the bottom of the third, sophomore LeAnne Collins got things started with a bunt single and senior Paige Knussman singled down the left field line to put two runners on base. Senior Kim Dorsey lifted a soft fly down the left field line that Clarkson shortstop Raeanna Dunn made a play, but her lunging effort could not bring in the catch, leading to a double, and two Salisbury runs.
Brittingham set the Golden Knights (0-1) down in order in the top of the fourth inning to get the hot Salisbury bats back to the plate, and the Sea Gulls did not disappoint, putting together four more hits and taking advantage of two Clarkson errors for six more runs.
Salisbury (4-3) got two runners on thanks to a single and a Molly Simpson double. Knussman's sacrifice fly brought the first run home before Dorsey ripped a single to center, scoring two more runs. Dorsey finished the day 2-for-3 with four RBI and she scored twice.
A two-out error allowed two more Salisbury runs to score, pushing the lead to 8-0 before Brittingham retired the side in order in the top of the fifth, ending the game. Brittingham went the distance to earn the win, surrendering just one hit and two total base runners while striking out six batters, retiring the final 10 Clarkson batters to close out the victory.
Salisbury returns to action in the event on Sunday, March 6, taking on The College of New Jersey at noon and Clarkson at 2 p.m.