Sea Gulls split CAC doubleheader at Mary Washington

Sea Gulls split CAC doubleheader at Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The Salisbury University softball team opened up Capital Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader split at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, garnering a 13-3 win in the opener before dropping the second contest, 5-1.

Game 1: Salisbury 13, Mary Washington 3

The Sea Gulls started the scoring in the first game with a leadoff triple from junior LeAnne Collins, who sent the opening shot to left field. She came home with one out in the inning on a single from senior Caitlin Lake.

The Eagles capitalized on three hits in the bottom of the first inning to score twice and take the lead against Salisbury starting pitcher Brooke Mizelle.

The lead would only last until the next half inning when Salisbury took advantage of Mizelle's one-out walk and came home on an infield single moments later off the bat of freshman Brooke Yerger.

The Sea Gulls opened up the game with four runs on two hits and three Mary Washington errors in the top of the third.

After the teams traded single runs, Salisbury led 7-3 heading to the sixth inning before scoring three in the top of the sixth and adding three more in the seventh.

Collins and Lake each went 4-for-5 to lead the offensive onslaught with Lake scoring twice and Collins coming home twice. Salisbury had 15 hits in the contest with freshman catcher Emily Allen going 3-for-5 while Mizelle scored a pair of runs and Yerger drove in two.

Mizelle went the distance to earn the win, striking out seven, while giving up just the three earned runs.

Game 2: Mary Washington 5 Salisbury 1

The second game saw less runs, though plenty of runners were reaching base. Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell held the Eagles to just seven hits and two runs in her 5 2/3 innings in the circle, while Mary Washington (16-10, 1-1 CAC) starter Kara Deppe was equally as good, giving up just two hits, though she walked six in her complete-game effort. But neither team could push a run across home plate against the pitchers until the later innings of the game.

Salisbury (9-11, 1-1 CAC) put two runners on in the first inning, after a pair of one-out walks, but a couple of strikeouts ended the threat. The Eagles squandered a similar chance in the home half of the first, getting a pair of its hits off Powell, but a ground out and fly out ended Mary Washington's opportunity.

Runners reached base for each team, but could not score until sophomore Courtney Tate opened the fifth inning with a double. Senior Summer Paglianete pinch ran and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a Mary Washington error for the 1-0 lead.

The Eagles responded with two of their own in the bottom of the fifth, with both runs scoring on a single off the bat of Brittnee Haynes to give Mary Washington the lead.

Allen walked to begin the sixth, and moved into scoring position on a bunt, but was stranded at second. The Eagles' bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth, coming up with three hits and three runs to put the game out of reach.

Tate and Grace Bandini registered the two hits for Salisbury in the contest.

The Sea Gulls return home on Sunday, March 26 hosting Manhattanville College at Sea Gull Softball Stadium in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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