SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team closed out play in the Sea Gull Early Bird Tournament with a pair of wins on Sunday, topping Keystone College and avenging Saturday's loss to The College of New Jersey.
Salisbury 4, Keystone 0
The Sea Gulls picked up their first shutout of the 2018 season in their first game of the day against Keystone (0-4). Salisbury scored its runs in the middle innings of the game, while junior pitcher Shannon Powell went the distance for the victory.
Salisbury's speed got the Sea Gulls on the scoreboard in the third inning. Cat Ramagnano reached on a walk and quickly stole second turning over the Salisbury lineup to bring up leadoff batter LeAnne Collins. Collins laid down a perfect bunt for a single without a throw, but Ramagnano was caught in a run down, but was able to evade the Giants and slide into home just ahead of the tag for a 1-0 lead. While Ramagnano was in the rundown, Collins motored to third and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Annie Pietanza. Collins was 3-for-4 in the game.
Salisbury added a final run in the fourth on Dakotah Fraley's groundball scoring Ramagnano.
The 4-0 lead was plenty for Powell, who picked up her first win of the year, allowing just three hits over the seven innings while striking out three and walking only one.
Salisbury 7, TCNJ 1
In the final game of the event, Salisbury (3-1) broke up a pitchers' duel between sophomore Alexis Layton and TCNJ starter Eliza Sweet in the fourth inning, exploding for six runs.
After Layton and Sweet had given up just two combined hits through the first three innings, the Sea Gulls touched up Sweet with three hits, scoring twice before she was lifted for Alanna Namit. Senior Kristen Yanarella drove in the first run and a second scored on an RBI grounder by Allen, which marked the end of Sweet's day.
Junior Amelia Trotter was Namit's first batter faced, with the bases loaded and no outs. Trotter was 0-or-6 on the young season prior to the at bat, but got a pitch she liked with a full count and turned on the ball for grand slam and just the third home run of her career.
The Lions (3-1) got their only run of the day off Layton in the fifth inning, but could not push another across, as the sophomore went 5 1/3 innings, scattering five hits while striking out four. Brea Bishop came on for the final five outs, giving up just one hit.
The Sea Gulls remain home next weekend, hosting another three-team event, the Salisbury University Softball Tournament, which will include Clarkson University and Washington (Md.) College. Play begins with Salisbury taking on Clarkson at 10 a.m., on Saturday, March 3.