Softball splits with York, secures No. 3 seed in CAC tournament

Softball splits with York, secures No. 3 seed in CAC tournament

YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University softball team earned a doubleheader split at York College of Pennsylvania on Friday afternoon as the team approaches the end of the Capital Athletic Conference regular season slate.

The Sea Gulls dropped the opening game of the doubleheader in nine innings, 2-1, before coming back for an 11-3 win in the second contest.

Game 1: York 2, Salisbury 1 (9 inn.)

Hits were hard to come by for both teams in the opener, combining for just 12 hits in the nine-inning affair, with the Spartans getting eight of them and Salisbury garnering four base knocks.

Neither team managed a hit in the first two innings of the game, with an infield single from sophomore Courtney Tate in the top of the third marking the first hit of the game. Salisbury stranded the runner, and York came up with the game's first run in the bottom of the third.

Quinn Fisher began the inning with a single and York loaded the bases with one out on a hit batter and a fielder's choice before a sacrifice fly made it a 1-0 game.

The Sea Gulls responded in the top of the fourth, getting an RBI single from junior Annie Pietanza, scoring freshman Brooke Yerger, who reached base on a leadoff walk.

The game remained tied, with Salisbury starting pitcher Rachael Milligan and York starter Ginger Lewis keeping the opposing offenses in check. Each pitcher went the distance in the contest, as six runners reached scoring position between the fourth and eighth innings, but no runs came across until the bottom of the ninth.

An error and a bunt single put two runners on for the Spartans in the ninth before a bunt moved the potential winning run to third. Carleigh Ruleman's single to center field with two outs brought home the run, ending the contest.

Game 2: Salisbury 11, York 3

The Sea Gulls (19-16, 8-4 CAC) got the bats going early in the second game, scoring five times in the first two innings to run away with the second game.

Singles from junior LeAnne Collins and Yerger opened up the game and both players came around to score on a double by Pietanza, who scored on a single from Kristen Yanarella moments later.

Another double in the second, this time from senior Caitlin Lake, scored Collins and Pietanza singled to bring Lake around for a 5-0 lead.

Lake and Pietanza led the way offensively in the game, each going 3-for-4, with Pietanza driving in four and Lake sending two home and scoring three times.

Lake drove in another run in the fourth, with her second double of the day, before freshman Mikayla Meehan knocked in two runs, pushing Salisbury's lead to 8-0.

York (24-12, 6-6 CAC) responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, keeping the game going, but Salisbury added to its lead with a run on Pietanza's second double in the sixth and two runs on a single from Collins in the seventh, helped by a Spartan error.

Junior Shannon Powell picked up her eighth win of the season, walking none while picking up one strikeout in her complete game effort. Along with Lake and Pietanza at the plate, Collins went 2-for-5, scoring three times.

The Sea Gulls close out CAC regular season play on Saturday, April 15 when they play two at Penn State University-Harrisburg, beginning at 1 p.m. With Friday's results, the Sea Gulls will be the No. 3 seed in next week's Capital Athletic Conference tournament, to be played at either Christopher Newport University or Frostburg State University. Salisbury will begin play at noon on Thursday, April 20 against the No. 2 seed, which is to be determined.

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