YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University softball team earned six wins last week, and on Monday the team picked up a pair of awards as senior Paige Knussman and freshman Brooke Mizelle swept the Capital Athletic Conference's weekly awards.
Knussman was named the league's Player of the Week for her performance at the plate, and Mizelle was stellar in the circle, earning four wins to claim the first Pitcher of the Week award of her career.
Knussman hit .435 in the past week, but her biggest hits came in the clutch, helping Salisbury to a pair of narrow wins against Lynchburg College on Sunday. She had hits in the sixth and seventh inning, keeping rallies going to allow Salisbury to force extra innings in the first game. But the biggest shot was a fifth-inning grand slam in the second game, which accounted for all of Salisbury's runs in a 4-2 win. For the week, Knussman was good for six extra-base hits, including three home runs.
Mizelle appeared in four games last week, picking up the win each time, but perhaps the most impressive performance was her three-inning, no-hit win in relief against Lynchburg in the first game of the doubleheader. Mizelle came on in a game in which both teams were getting hits at an impressive rate, and closed the door, entering in the seventh inning, and shut down the Hornets, allowing the Sea Gulls to score twice in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, sending it to extra innings. She then allowed no runs in the eighth and ninth innings, despite the Hornets starting each frame with a runner on second thanks to the international tie-breaker, allowing Salisbury to win 12-11 in nine innings.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Holland, Virginia native surrendered just five hits in a complete-game victory, striking out six in the contest. Her eight strikeouts against the State University of New York at New Paltz, on Saturday, marked a career high.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, March 19, hosting Houghton College at the SU Softball Field in a doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m.