SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team closed out play in the Sea Gull Classic and the first weekend of play in the new Sea Gull Softball Stadium dropping a pair of contests on Sunday, falling to Clarkson University, 13-11, and Washington (Md.) College, 9-4.
Clarkson 13, Salisbury 11
As in Saturday's matchup between the teams, the Golden Knights took the early lead, scoring an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, taking advantage of a pair of Sea Gull errors for the 1-0 lead.
After a lengthy at-bat in the top of the second, falling behind 0-and-2, junior designated player Annie Pietanza put a charge into a 2-and-2 offering for a solo home run to left-center field, her second of the year, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Golden Knights (2-2) scored three times in the third and added a run in the fourth before the Salisbury offense came up with five hits, and took advantage of a Clarkson error, for five runs in the fifth. The Sea Gulls strung together hits, with five different players driving in a run in the frame.
Clarkson scored a run in the fifth and Salisbury came back with three runs in the sixth to open up am 11-6 lead. In the inning, Pietanza belted her second home run of the game, but the Golden Knights finished strong.
Clarkson scored a pair of runs in the sixth and came up with five runs to win it in the seventh, capped by Michele Winn's second home run of the game, a three-run, walk-off shot.
Washington 9, Salisbury 4
The teams combined to score nine runs in the opening three innings of play, with the Shorewomen (4-4) striking first in the opening inning of play for three runs.
Salisbury (4-6) cut into the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning when freshman catcher Emily Allen sent a two-run double to right field, scoring Meehan and Yanarella.
The Golden Knights matched Salisbury's runs in the top of the second before Allen came up with a two-run home run in the bottom of the third to get the Sea Gulls back within a run, 5-4.
Allen went 2-for-3 with the four runs driven in during the game, and had a strong day behind the plate, as well, registering two pick offs.
Salisbury could get just two base runners over the final four innings of play and Washington scored four more times to finish off the win.
Salisbury is back in action on Tuesday, March 7 hosting Averett University for a doubleheader at Sea Gull Softball Stadium, beginning at 1:30 p.m.