NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University softball team dropped a pair at the hands of No. 4 Christopher Newport University at Captains Park on Wednesday in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader.
Game 1: Christopher Newport 8, Salisbury 0 (5 inn.)
In the opener, Salisbury put two runners on in the top of the first inning with Dakotah Fraley starting the game with a single up the middle and LeAnne Collins drawing a walk to put runners on first and second with no outs against Christopher Newport starter Aubrey Bates. But Bates was able to get the next three batters to strand two runners.
The Captains came back to score two runs in the first on a pair of hits, and two more in the second inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
Salisbury loaded the bases in the second, fourth and fifth innings, thanks to seven walks and a pair of CNU errors, but could not come up with the big hit against Bates.
Bates went the distance in the five-inning game, striking out three.
The Captains scored three times in the fourth and added the game's final run in the fifth inning.
Game 2: Christopher Newport 5, Salisbury 3
Salisbury (14-10, 1-3 CAC) took the early lead in the nightcap, scoring a run in the first inning when Madeira Alexander singled to bring home Collins, who got on with a one-out single of her own.
The Sea Gulls added a run in the fourth on the third home run of the year from Emily Allen.
A great defensive play protected the Salisbury lead in the fourth. With the bases loaded, a base hit to left scored the Captains' first run of the game, but Sami Mumford made a perfect throw to Fraley, the shortstop, who threw a strike to Allen at the plate, able to get a tag on the helmet of Natalie Carmichael sliding to the plate for the first out.
Rachael Milligan got the next two outs with a strikeout and a pop out to strand two runners in scoring position and keep the Sea Gull lead at 2-1.
Salisbury added a third run in the sixth, but the Captains (19-3, 4-0 CAC) countered with four runs in the home half of the inning to claim the victory.
Collins led Salisbury's offensive effort with a 4-for-4 effort including a double.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Saturday, April 7 at Wesley College for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.