NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University softball team saw its run in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament end on Thursday afternoon falling in contests against Frostburg State University and York College of Pennsylvania.
Frostburg St. 8, Salisbury 3
The second-seeded Bobcats were able to take a 1-0 lead, getting a run across in the bottom of the first inning, scoring on Emily Harvey's two-out single off Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell.
Salisbury answered with a run in the top of the second inning. Junior Annie Pietanza doubled to left-center field to begin the inning and advance to third on a sacrifice bunt before freshman Emily Allen drove in the tying run. Allen sent a line drive to left field, and the sacrifice fly knotted the game at 1-1.
Salisbury threatened to take a lead in the top of the third, putting a runner at third with one out, but could not push a run across, running into an out with a double steal try, and then seeing a pop out end the threat, with the score still tied at 1-1.
Frostburg State took advantage, scoring four times in the bottom of the inning, getting four hits to bring home the runs against Powell and junior Rachael Milligan, who came on in relief in the inning.
Two Bobcat runs in the fifth inning pushed the lead to 7-1, but Salisbury began to chip away in the top of the sixth inning.
Pietanza scored the team's second run, driving herself in with a solo home run to right field, her seventh of the year. After one out, Allen crushed a no-doubt shot for another solo home run, cutting the deficit to 7-3, matching Pietanza with seven home runs on the year.
The Bobcats got a run in the sixth, but the Sea Gulls would not go quietly, heading to their final at-bat behind 8-3. Salisbury put runners on first and second with no outs, but Ali Caulkins came on in relief of Frostburg starter Allison Short to get three outs to end the Salisbury theat and the contest.
Game 2: York 8, Salisbury 7
In the first elimination game of the tournament, Salisbury fell behind York early, and could never quite draw even, falling by a one-run margin.
The Spartans scored twice in the top of the first inning, getting a pair of hits and taking advantage of a leadoff walk to take the early lead. York scored in four different innings in the game and Salisbury answered in the home half of each frame, but the first was the only time the Sea Gulls could not match the output, scoring only one in the bottom of the inning, getting a solo home run from Collins.
The Spartans got a run in the third, and Salisbury came back with an RBI single from Pietanza, scoring Collins, to make it a 3-2 game, before York got a grand slam from Carleigh Ruleman in the fourth.
The Sea Gulls responded with four runs on four hits in the bottom of the fourth, getting RBI from Courtney Tate, Kelly Schatz, Collins and Caitlin Lake in the frame. Collins brought her run home with a double in the inning as she finished the game 4-for-4 with two doubles and the home run.
The only scoring left in the game came in the sixth inning with each team plating one run. After York pushed the lead to 8-6, Salisbury got a two-out double from Collins who came home on Brooke Yerger's single to right field, but a pop up ended the inning and Salisbury went down in order in the seventh to see its championship hopes come to an end.
Salisbury has one non-conference doubleheader left on the schedule next Saturday, April 29, against Catholic University of America at Sea Gull Softball Stadium to close out the regular season.