SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team picked up a Capital Athletic Conference sweep against visiting Wesley College on Sunday afternoon at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.
Game 1: Salisbury 9, Wesley 2
Salisbury got on the board in the second inning of the opener when Kristen Yanarella doubled with one out to straight away center field. She came around to score on Emily Allen's double to left field on a hard line drive.
The lead grew with two more doubles as Amelia Trotter brought home Allen and LeAnne Collins ripped a ball down the left field line that landed on the line, sending another run home for a 3-0 Salisbury lead.
The Wolverines got on the board against Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell with a run in the bottom of the third inning on one hit. The Wolverines picked up an unearned run an inning later, but were unable to draw even in the contest.
The Sea Gulls got an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning, when Cat Ramagnano singled and was able to advance to third before taking advantage of a Wesley error to put Salisbury ahead, 4-2.
Wesley's best chance to score through the final three innings came in the fifth when a pair of singles put runners on first and second with no outs, but Powell was able to get a fly out, pop out, and grounder to end the threat. Powell picked up her sixth win of the year, giving up seven hits and striking out three in her complete-game effort.
Salisbury capped the scoring with a solo home run by Allen as part of a three-run sixth and got two more in the seventh inning.
Game 2: Salisbury 11, Wesley 3 (5 inn.)
The Wolverines (10-11-2, 0-5-1 CAC) came back in the second game with starting pitcher Abbey Mayse, who held the Sea Gulls off balance for much of the opener, but Salisbury had the timing down to begin the nightcap getting four hits, leading to four runs in the first inning. Yanarella's two-run single up the middle and a run-scoring triple off the bat of Sami Mumford highlighted the frame.
Salisbury (16-10, 3-3 CAC) got to Mayse for four more in the top of the second inning, thanks in part of Annie Pietanza's two-run blast to left field, her third home run of the year. Mayse was lifted in the inning and the Sea Gulls added two off reliever Dori Loukopoulos to open up a 10-0 lead for pitcher Rachael Milligan.
Milligan allowed four hits and walked two over five innings, but did not allow a run to score, picking up her fifth win of the season, striking out four. The Wolverines were able to score three runs against the Salisbury bullpen in the fifth, but Milligan closed out the game after re-entering.
Pietanza led the offensive onslaught, going 5-for-7 in the doubleheader, scoring three times and driving in the pair. Collins also had four hits while Ramagnano had two hits, scored twice and stole two bases.
The Sea Gulls are back on the road next weekend, traveling to Southern Virginia University on Friday, April 13 for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.