SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team split its non-conference doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, falling to Manhattanville College 12-1 in the first game before walking off a 4-3 victory in the nightcap at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.
Game 1: Manhattanville 12, Salisbury 1 (5 inn.)
The Valiants put Salisbury in a hole in the top of the first inning, coming up with five runs off three hits, including a three-run home run from Dolores Diemicke.
Salisbury put a runner on in the bottom of the first on a two-out triple off the bat of senior Caitlin Lake, but she was stranded when Manhattanville starting pitcher Alycia Feeney got a pop out to end the threat.
Another Sea Gull found her way into scoring position with two outs, two innings later when LeAnne Collins walked and stole second with two down, but was left on second after groundout to end the frame.
Salisbury got on the board in the fourth. Lake waited on the third pitch she saw from Feeney and drilled the 2-and-0 offering for a solo home run to begin the inning – her third long ball of the year – cutting the deficit to 6-1.
The Sea Gulls only put two more runners on base in the game as the Valiants plated six runs in the top of the fifth to put the game to its final score.
Lake finished with two of Salisbury's three hits in the game.
Game 2: Salisbury 4, Manhattanville 3
A pitchers' duel developed in the second game, with Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell limiting the Valiants to four hits over the first six innings of the contest, and keeping them off the scoreboard, while Salisbury managed just two runs on six hits in the first six innings against Manhattanville starter Aarin Haternstein and reliever Melissa Hess.
Salisbury (10-12) threatened in the first as Collins opened the inning with a single up the middle and stole second before moving to third on a wild pitch. After a Brooke Yerger walk and steal of second, Hartenstein got a strikeout and two groundouts to keep the game scoreless.
The Sea Gulls broke through in the third, scoring twice with two outs. Collins got things started with a one-out double, slicing a liner just out of the reach of center fielder Brittany Deieso and stealing second. She would move to third on a groundout and score when Lake drove a ball through the right side. The insurance run scored on a triple off the bat of junior Annie Pietanza, as her shot just landed in fair territory in the right-field corner.
The Valiants (8-8) failed to get a runner to third against Powell in the first six innings, but came through at the last possible moment, erasing the 2-0 Salisbury lead, with three runs in the top of the seventh.
Three hits, including a go-ahead, two-run home run from Sophia Chapelone, pushed Manhattanville ahead 3-2, but Salisbury would not go quietly.
A Valiant error began the bottom of the seventh, allowing Kristen Yanarella to reach, as Summer Paglianete came on as a pinch runner. Collins kept her hot hitting going with a sharply-hit triple to right-center field, scoring Paglianete from first, tying the game.
Still with no outs, Yerger came up with a chance to end the game and did just that. She lifted a ball to left-center field, which Deieso made a great diving catch on, but had no chance to throw out Collins, tagging on the sacrifice fly for the game-winning run.
Collins was 3-for-3 in the game, scoring twice, while Pietanza also had two hits.
Powell scattered seven hits in the complete-game win, striking out one and walking another to improve to 3-2 this season.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday hosting Stevenson University in a doubleheader beginning at 2:30 p.m.