SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 5 Salisbury University softball team begins play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Thursday, April 21, taking on York College of Pennsylvania or the University of Mary Washington in a contest beginning at 2 p.m., at the SU Softball Field.
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How we got here
Salisbury went 13-1 in CAC play this season to earn the top seed in the field and hosting rights for the first time since 2013. The Sea Gulls have won 12-straight CAC games heading into play on Thursday. Overall, the Sea Gulls have gone 31-4, winning 29 for their past 30 games.
How they got here
York and Mary Washington meet in the first game of the day on Thursday, beginning at 10 a.m., at the SU Softball Field. The Spartans are the No. 4 seed in the tournament after a 7-7 record in CAC regular-season play. The Eagles are the fifth-seeded team in the field this week, following a 6-8 mark in CAC play this year. The winner of the game advances to play the Sea Gulls, while the losing team will play again at 4 p.m., on Thursday in an elimination game.
Last time we met
Salisbury swept doubleheaders against both York and Mary Washington earlier this month. The Sea Gulls came up with wins of 2-0 and 8-0 against the Spartans on April 11, and five days later earned wins of 12-1 and 10-1 against the Eagles. Both doubleheaders were contested at the SU Softball Field.
Salisbury holds a significant advantage in the series histories against both Mary Washington and York. The Sea Gulls are 57-11 all-time against Mary Washington, including a 32-5 mark at the SU Softball field. Salisbury has won 15-straight in the series. Against York, the Sea Gulls hold a 48-3 mark all-time against the Spartans and have never lost at home in 26 tries. Salisbury has won 13-straight in the series.
The Sea Gulls are among the top offensive teams in the nation in 2016, ranking in the top 10 nationally and leading the CAC in batting average (.389), doubles per game (2.40), home runs per game (1.29), on-base percentage (.456), and scoring (8.69 runs per game). Individually, seniors Molly Simpson and Paige Knussman rank first and second in the nation, respectively, with 12 and 11 home runs. Classmate Kim Dorsey's 52 RBI also lead the CAC and rank sixth in the nation.
The winner of Thursday's game advances to the first matchup of the day on Friday, April 22, beginning at 10 a.m., against the winner of Thursday's noon matchup between Christopher Newport University and Frostburg State University. The team which loses in Thursday's contest will play at noon on Friday in an elimination game.