Softball sweeps Harrisburg to push winning streak to 10 games

Softball sweeps Harrisburg to push winning streak to 10 games

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team ran its winning streak to 10 games with a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep of Penn State University-Harrisburg on Saturday at Sea Gull Softball Stadium, on Senior Day.

Game 1: Salisbury 9, PSU-Harrisburg 1 (5 inn.)

Junior starting pitcher Shannon Powell limited the Lions' chances in the opener, giving up just four hits to earn her 11th win and 10th complete game, striking out three in her five innings of work.

The Sea Gulls got Powell the lead in the first inning with freshman Brea Bishop knocking in the run with a ground out after two hits allowed Dakotah Fraley to stand at third base.

Harrisburg got its only run off Powell in the top of the third to tie the game, but the Sea Gulls strung together hits in the bottom of the third, getting two runs back, for a 3-1 lead on singles by Fraley and senior Annie Pietanza.

Two more runs came around in the fourth inning thanks to Cat Ramagnano's sharp single to center field and the 5-1 lead put Salisbury within striking distance of the eight-run rule, which the Sea Gull accomplished in the bottom of the fifth.

A Harrisburg error brought home the first run and Sami Mumford drove a run home with a single before Amelia Trotter belted her second home run in as many days for a three-run shot, ending the game.

Pietanza had three hits while Collins, Mumford and Ramagnano each had a pair.

Game 2: Salisbury 9, PSU-Harrisburg 1 (5 inn.)

The Lions (14-14, 4-8 CAC) got their only run off game 2 starter Rachael Milligan with a solo home run in the first inning, but it was one of just three hits the Salisbury senior surrendered in her complete game victory. Milligan walked two and struck out five in picking up her eighth win of the season.

The Salisbury offense tied the game for Milligan in the first on a sacrifice fly by Pietanza and scored three runs for a 4-1 cushion in the third. The Sea Gulls (24-10, 11-3 CAC) had four hits in the third inning with RBI singles from Fraley, Pietanza and freshman Madeira Alexander accounting for the runs.

The three-run lead held to the bottom of the fifth, but for the fourth time in the weekend, the Sea Gulls walked off the win by the eight-run rule, scoring five times. Collins and Fraley opened the fifth with hits and the scoring started on Pietanza's single through the left side bringing home Collins.

Kristen Yanarella walked to drive in a run while Emily Allen singled home a run before Mumford's single brought home two, including the game winner.

Seniors Yanarella, Collins, and Pietanza combined to go 9-for-16 in the game, scoring seven runs and driving in five in their final regular season game in maroon and gold.

The Sea Gulls have secured the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAC tournament and will host a three-team double-elimination pod for the first weekend of the tournament. Salisbury will begin play on Friday, April 27 at noon against the league's fifth-seeded team, which will not be determined until early next week.

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