SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team will open play in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday afternoon, playing twice, looking to advance in the three-team pod being played at Christopher Newport University. The Sea Gulls begin play at 2 p.m., against Frostburg State University and will take on the host Captains at 4 p.m.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament field with an 8-4 record in CAC play, while compiling a 24-11 mark overall in the regular season. Against CAC teams, Salisbury finished with a plus-21 scoring differential, second in the league only to Christopher Newport (plus-72).
How they got here
The Captains took the No. 2 seed after finishing in a tie atop the CAC standings with the University of Mary Washington with each team posting a 9-3 record in league play. However, with the teams splitting their regular season doubleheader, the Eagles earned the top seed by virtue of their doubleheader sweep over York College of Pennsylvania. Frostburg State went 5-7 in league play, to take the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
Last time we met
The Sea Gulls faced each of these teams in the past week, splitting its doubleheader with Christopher Newport at Sea Gull Softball Stadium last Friday, April 19, and sweeping the Bobcats in Frostburg, Maryland this past Monday. Against the Captains, senior Shannon Powell tossed a complete game shutout in a 2-0 victory in the opener of the double dip. In the Frostburg doubleheader, senior Amelia Trotter came up with five hits in the two games.
Sea Gulls dig the long ball
Salisbury heads into the weekend as one of the top power hitting teams in the nation. The Sea Gulls have hit 32 home runs, led by Dakotah Fraley's eight long balls. Salisbury stands 15th in the nation and second in the CAC in home runs per game (0.91). Christopher Newport leads the CAC and is third nationally, with 46 total home runs, putting up 1.35 per game.
Two of teams will advance to play on Saturday after each team gets two games in during the double-elimination format on Saturday. The two remaining teams will play at least one game on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m., with a second game to be played, if necessary.