CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University softball team collected a pair of shutouts on Wednesday afternoon at Washington (Md.) College to stretch the program's winning streak to 14 games.
Game 1: Salisbury 7, Washington 0
Salisbury got the bats going early in the day, scoring three runs in the opening inning of the day. Senior Molly Simpson reached on a one-out error by the Shorewomen, setting the stage for classmate Paige Knussman, who bashed her seventh home run of the season, a two-run shot for the quick lead.
The home run is the 29th of Knussman's career, which pushes her into a tie for third in program history with Myra Parks (1996-98) and Stacey Malarkey (2006-09).
Brittingham, who got the start in the circle, would make the three runs stand up, tossing her ninth career complete game, and second-consecutive complete-game shutout, allowing just five Washington hits in the contest while striking out eight to earn her sixth win of the year.
The Sea Gulls put up a run in the fourth, on Simpson's fifth home run of the year, two in the sixth with RBI from Knussman and senior Katie Sebbane, and capped the scoring in the seventh when Simpson singled to left-center, plating junior Caitlin Lake.
Game 2: Salisbury 3, Washington 0
The second game remained scoreless into the third inning with Salisbury starter Brooke Mizelle and Washington starter Taylor Harcum keeping the opposing bats at bay early. The teams combined for three hits in the first two frames, but no runs would score until Salisbury (16-3) did all the damage in the third.
Senior Rachel Spadin reached base on one of two Washington errors in the second inning, before a bunt single from Collins allowed her to advance and a high throw looking to stop Spadin at third brought both runners in for a 2-0 lead.
Later in the inning, Brittingham belted her third home run of the year, a no-doubt solo shot to center field for a 3-0 lead.
Mizelle worked six innings to pick up the win, her 10th of the season. She becomes just the seventh freshman in program history to earn 10 wins in a season. Mizelle struck out a pair in the game, while giving up six hits.
Sophomore Annie Pietanza came on to slam the door in the seventh, retiring the side in order, striking out one, for her second save of the year.
The Sea Gulls now turn their attention to the Capital Athletic Conference-opening doubleheader at No. 3 Christopher Newport University on Saturday, March 26. The first pitch of the opener is set for 1:30 p.m.