SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team earned a doubleheader split with Manhattanville College on Thursday afternoon at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.
Game 1: Manhattanville 6, Salisbury 5
After the Valiants got a run in the first off starting pitcher Brea Bishop, the Sea Gulls answered in the bottom of the second inning, scoring a run on one hit and taking advantage of a Manhattanville error.
Freshman Madeira Alexander ripped a single to left to open the inning before advancing into scoring position on a walk. When Manhattanville threw a grounder away, Alexander raced home to tie the game.
The Valiants got to Bishop and reliever Shannon Powell for a run in the fourth and four in the top of the fifth, but the Sea Gulls battled back, getting three with one swing of the bat in the home half. Annie Pietanza got a two-out single and Alexander was hit by a pitch before senior Kristen Yanarella belted a 0-and-1 pitch down the right field line and out for a three-run home run, cutting the Salisbury deficit to 6-4.
The Sea Gulls got one more back in the bottom of the sixth on a single from Amelia Trotter, but could not draw even.
Yanarella and Alexander each had two of the Sea Gulls' nine hits in the game.
Game 2: Salisbury 8, Manhattanville 2
The Sea Gulls jumped on Manhattanville (7-5) starting pitcher Aarin Hartenstein in the second game, scoring four times on five hits in the bottom of the first inning to take the early lead.
Alexander, Yanarella, and Emily Allen each had an RBI in the inning as Salisbury (11-5) went ahead 4-0.
Manhattanville picked up its first run in the second inning on a solo home run, but Allen drilled a double to right-center field, easily bringing home Alexander in the third inning to get the run back for a 5-1 lead.
Cat Ramagnano added another run for the Sea Gulls with a solo home run in the fourth inning, pushing the lead to 6-1, chasing Hartenstein from the game.
The Valiants scored again in the sixth, getting a run off Salisbury starter Rachael Milligan, cutting the deficit to 6-2, and sophomore Alexis Layton came on to spell Milligan. Facing runners on second and third with one out, Layton began with a walk, but came right back with a line out and a strikeout to end the threat.
Salisbury scored twice in the bottom of the sixth, including a run-scoring triple from senior LeAnne Collins. It was the 13th three-bagger of her career, breaking the Salisbury career mark held by Megan Hopper Block since 1999.
Layton shut the door in the seventh to finish off her first save in maroon and gold, as the Milligan earned her third win. Milligan struck out four in her 5 1/3 in the circle, allowing just five hits.
Pietanza, Alexander, Allen, and Dakotah Fraley each had two hits for Salisbury.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Saturday, hosting No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University in a doubleheader that will begin at 1 p.m.