SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 8 Salisbury University softball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Houghton College on Saturday at the SU Softball Field in a pair of five-inning contests, including a no-hitter.
Salisbury 10, Houghton 0 (5 inn.)
The Sea Gull offense came alive late in the opener, but starting pitcher Annah Brittingham needed little run support, rolling to her first career no-hitter, and the 49th in program history. The senior went the distance in the contest, allowing just two base runners, while striking out a career-high 11 in the game.
The Sea Gulls put up a pair of runs in the opening inning with sophomore LeAnne Collins getting things going with a double to left field. She stole third, and after a Molly Simpson walk, Simpson got herself in a rundown, allowing Collins to swipe home. The lead doubled moments later when senior Kim Dorsey tripled high off the fence in right-center field, scoring Simpson for the 2-0 advantage.
Salisbury pushed another run across in the third inning, getting Brittingham aboard and into scoring position on a pair of Houghton errors before a couple of groundouts scored the third run.
The bats came to life in the bottom of the fourth, scoring seven runs on eight hits. It started with a solo home run off the bat of junior Caitlin Lake, the first of her career. A pair of singles preceded a two-run double off the fence in right field from Paige Knussman.
Sophomore Annie Pietanza added a two-run single later in the inning – one of four Sea Gulls with at least one RBI in the inning. Freshman Kaylee Hahn drove home a run, as well, the first RBI of her collegiate career.
Brittingham closed out the win in the top of the fifth inning, striking out the side.
Eight different Sea Gulls had hits in the game, led by three from Collins and two each from Dorsey and Lake.
Salisbury 11 Houghton 0 (5 inn.)
In the second game, it was another stellar pitching performance as freshman Brooke Mizelle earned the win in four shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk. She sat down the Highlanders (5-9) in order in the first inning, and walked one in the second before the Sea Gull bats exploded.
The big inning came a little earlier in the second game, with Salisbury (14-3) posting nine runs in the bottom of the second.
Dorsey opened the frame with a single and came around to score on Mizelle's triple to right field. Sophomore Kristen Yanarella singled to score Mizelle for the 2-0 lead.
After a walk by Rachel Spadin, Simpson blasted her fourth home run of the year, a three-run shot. It was the first of two home runs in the inning, with Katie Sebbane drilling a three-run shot to left-center field later in the frame.
Mizelle rolled through the next two innings, before Salisbury put up two more in the bottom of the fourth, getting a two-run single from Simpson which scored freshman Courtney Tate and Yanarella.
Yanarella scored twice and had career-high three hits to lead the way offensively for the Sea Gulls.
Freshman Shannon Powell came in to close out the win in the circle, allowing only one hit in the top of the fifth, to finish off the doubleheader sweep, pushing the Salisbury winning streak to 12 games.
Salisbury now hits the road for 10-straight games away from home, beginning with a doubleheader at Washington (Md.) College on Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 2 p.m.