Softball takes two on opening day of Sea Gull Classic
The Salisbury University softball team opened the new Sea Gull Softball Stadium on Saturday, March 3 with wins over Clarkson University and Washington College. In the Clarkson win, Salisbury got 5 2/3 strong innings from starting pitcher Shannon Powell, who gave up just four hits and struck out five. Salisbury did not manage a hit against Clarkson starter Jamie Bridge until Amelia Trotter drove this ball up the middle to lead off the fifth inning. Trailing 1-0, LeAnne Collins drove in Brooke Yerger, who pinch ran for Trotter, to tie the game. The Golden Knights retook the lead with a two-run home run in the top of the sixth, but the lead was short lived. Senior Caitlin Lake drilled a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give Salisbury the lead for good. She and Trotter went back-to-back, as the sophomore turned on this offering two pitches later. Brooke Mizelle picked up the win in relief, getting a punch out to end the game. In the nightcap against Washington, playing as the visiting team, Salisbury took a 1-0 lead in the first inning as Lake earned the RBI, being hit by a pitch. The Sea Gulls opened up the lead with this two-run triple by Trotter, who went 2-for-3, scoring twice and driving in two runs. Emily Allen belted her first collegiate home run in the fifth inning, a three-run shot, as she also went 2-for-3, scoring twice. Junior Rachael Milligan got the win, carrying a no-hitter into the sixth inning, giving up just one hit while striking out six in the game. Salisbury will take on the two teams again on Sunday March 5 to conclude the Sea Gull Classic.