Sea Gulls sweep Spartans to end CAC regular season 12-0

Sea Gulls sweep Spartans to end CAC regular season 12-0

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 18 Salisbury University softball team concluded its regular-season Capital Athletic Conference schedule with a sweep of York (Pa.) College to claim the regular-season conference title with an unblemished record of 12-0. The Sea Gulls only needed 11 innings total to pick up the wins with an 8-0 six inning victory and then an 9-1 five inning win.

At the start of the doubleheader Salisbury's two senior were celebrated in their last regular season home game. Seniors Erika Brittingham and Casey Zaino have thus far accumulated a 143-22 overall record. The seniors end the CAC regular season having never lost a regular season conference match up going 48-0.

Brittingham (16-3) took to the circle for game one, starting the game off strong going three up, three down and then continued to retire the side in order for the next four innings. The Georgetown, Del., native dominated in the circle and had a no-hit bid going into the sixth inning. The senior struck out five Spartans, allowed no walks and gave up just one hit in the six inning contest.

Salisbury (31-5, 12-0 CAC) was relentless in the batters' box, scoring eight runs on 12 hits; three of which came in the bottom of the first inning.

The Sea Gulls increased their lead to 7-0 in the fifth inning as junior Sarah Alpaugh started things off with a double down the left field line followed by classmate Michelle Gravdahl's double, plating Alpaugh; Gravdahl would then score on Brittingham's single to left field. SU hit three consecutive singles off the bats of Zaino and juniors Lindsay McCabe and Lindsay Brown to score two additional runs.

York (11-19, 6-6 CAC) ended the no-hit bid in the sixth inning with a single from Cory Urkuski with two outs. It was the Spartans only hit of the game.

The maroon and gold put the final run on the board in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore Harley Hill crossed the plate after a Spartan error to end the game, 8-0.

In game two, the Sea Gulls lead York early on with by a 2-0 margin. Salisbury scored its two runs by the way of junior Chelsea Brooks' triple plating Zaino; a Spartan throwing error allowed Brooks to cross home. The Spartans would then close the gap in the fourth inning as Urkuski doubled to left field, scoring Brittany Therres.

With a one run lead going into the bottom of the fifth inning Salisbury opened up the game as its bats let loose, scoring seven runs off eight hits and batting around the order.

Hill lead off the inning for the maroon and gold with a single through the left side followed by two consecutive bunt singles from Alpaugh and Gravdahl to fill the bases. Brittingham drove a single to right field allowing Hill to touch home. Freshman Michelle Pezzato and Angela Malgieri came in to pinch run as junior Hannah Mills took to the batters box. Two singles from Mills and Zaino brought in three addition runs, bringing SU's tally to 6-1.

Junior Carly Read collected two RBI with a double while Alpaugh's second at bat of the inning ended the game as she singled through the left side allowing Read to cross home and end the game, 9-1, in the fifth.

Freshman Rachel Johnson (13-2) earned the win in the circle, pitching all five innings for the Gulls. The Preston, Md., native finished with three strike outs while allowing one run on five hits.

Gravdahl ended the doubleheader 4-for-7 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored while Alpaugh went 5-for-7 with one double, drove in one RBI and touched home three times.

Top-seeded Salisbury will face the number-six seed Hood College on Tuesday, April 17, in the first round of the CAC tournament. The Sea Gulls will host the contest with the first pitch slated for 4 p.m.

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