SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team picked up a pair of windy victories on Saturday during the first day of the Salisbury University Softball Tournament at Sea Gull Softball Stadium, defeating Washington (Md.) College and Clarkson University.
Salisbury 8, Washington 0 (5 inn.)
Salisbury got on the board in the opening inning of the first game, getting one hit and taking advantage of a wild pitch from Washington starting pitcher Taylor Harcum to push the run across.
The lead doubled in the third inning, with Salisbury loading the bases before a Washington error allowed Dakotah Fraley to come home for the 2-0 lead.
The Shorewomen (2-2) threatened twice against Salisbury starter Shannon Powell, but the Sea Gull junior was able to get out of both jams. Washington had runners at the corners with two outs in the first inning after a game-opening double, but Powell got a fly ball to right field to end the inning.
In the fourth, Washington had Julia Hallman on third base with no outs, but a grounder to third baseman Amelia Trotter and a quick throw home gunned down Hallman as catcher Emily Allen blocked the plate.
Salisbury opened the game up in the fourth inning, scoring six times, highlighted by two-run hits from Fraley and freshman Madeira Alexander.
Powell earned her second win of the season, giving up just three hits and striking out four over the five innings.
LeAnne Collins and Fraley each had two hits at the top of the lineup with Fraley scoring three times.
Salisbury 12, Clarkson 0 (5 inn.)
Playing as the visiting team in their second game of the day, the Sea Gulls got things started in similar fashion in their second game, utilizing a Clarkson error and a wild pitch to bring the first run of the game home and added a second unearned run when Kristen Yanarella drove a ball to right-center field, scoring Alexander from second base.
Collins drove a ball to right-center field in the Sea Gulls' second inning which she stretched into a triple – one of three extra-base hits for her in the game – and her 12th career triple. The dozen three-baggers puts her in a tie for the program's career record.
Salisbury scored in every inning of the game, blowing things open with a grand slam from Allen in the third inning, and adding two more home runs in the contest. Fraley hit her second of the year, a two-run shot in the fifth, and senior Annie Pietanza came up next for a solo shot on the back-to-back blasts.
Clarkson was able to get a runner on base in each inning and had a runner in scoring position in four of them, getting five hits and coaxing five walks off Salisbury starting pitcher Alexis Layton. But the Salisbury sophomore was able to escape every jam to earn the first complete game of her collegiate career.
Pietanza, Yanarella, and Allen each had two hits in the game, with Allen driving in six, adding a two-run double in fourth inning.
The event continues on Sunday, March 4 with the final three games. Clarkson and Washington square off in the first game, at 10 a.m., following by Salisbury and Clarkson facing off, and rounding out the day with the Sea Gulls taking on Washington.