SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team fell to No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University in both sides of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.
Game 1: Virginia Wesleyan 8, Salisbury 2
A tough task laid ahead for the Sea Gulls (11-7), as it was set to face one of the top pitchers in the country in Marlins (18-0) starter Hanna Hull. Hull entered the day owning a 0.44 era to go along with nine wins already in 2018.
Salisbury found itself down four runs early in game one before cutting into the deficit in their half of the third inning. Center fielder LeAnne Collins led off the inning with a double through the right side of the infield. A groundout by teammate Annie Pietanza helped move Collins to third base before a Kristen Yanarella single down the left field line and drove home the first Gull run of the afternoon.
A Dakotah Fraley solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning was the only other run the maroon and gold could score with the game already out of reach.
Game 2: Virginia Wesleyan 8, Salisbury 0
After a dominating performance in game one, Hull returned to the pitcher's circle for game two and managed to out-do her game one performance, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning.
Up eight runs by that point, Hull needed only three more outs to finish without surrendering a hit. However, Collins managed to break up the bid in the first at-bat of the inning with a single through the right side of the infield. It would be all for the Sea Gulls, as Hull struck out two and forced a ground-out to end the game and earn her second win of the day.
Salisbury will take a week off before hosting DePauw University in a Sunday doubleheader on March 25. Game one is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.