FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team picked up a key Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep at Frostburg State University, including a win in the Sea Gulls' first extra-inning game of the year, on Saturday.
Game 1: Salisbury 5, Frostburg St. 2 (8 inn.)
The Bobcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of the opener against Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell, but it turned out to be the only two runs Frostburg State would score in the game. The two runs came on two of just six hits for the Bobcats in the game.
The game remained a 2-0 edge for Frostburg until the sixth inning when the Sea Gulls got in the scoring column, drawing even with two runs on an Emily Allen home run with two outs, her third in the past two days. Annie Pietanza scored on the homer, having reached on a single earlier in the inning.
The 2-2 deadlock broke in the top of the eighth inning when Pietanza belted her fifth home run of the year, a solo shot to begin the inning.
Three more hits in the inning led to two more Salisbury runs with Allen's double and a single by Amelia Trotter each driving in a run.
Powell went the distance, striking out five and walking just three to collect the win.
Game 2: Salisbury 13, Frostburg St. 1 (5 inn.)
The Salisbury bats came alive in the second game for 15 hits to put the game away before three innings had passed.
Salisbury (20-10, 7-3 CAC) scored once in the first on a Brea Bishop double, scoring Pietanza, before putting up seven runs in the third inning. Six Sea Gull hits and three Frostburg errors in the inning allowed the offensive push with LeAnne Collins getting two extra-base hits – a double and triple – in the inning, driving in a run and scoring one.
The Sea Gulls put up five more in the top of the fifth, as Collins sent two runs in with her single – one of her three hits on the day – before Pietanza's third hit of the day resulted in a two-run double.
Pietanza and Collins combined to drive in five runs and score four, while Trotter and Sami Mumford each had a pair of hits.
The offensive burst made a winner of Rachael Milligan, who allowed just three hits and one run while striking out six. The Bobcats (16-12, 3-5 CAC) came up with their lone run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Salisbury will be back in action on Tuesday, April 17 when it travels to Catholic University of America for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.