Sea Gulls drop two to No. 8 Moravian, fall short in NCAA regional bid

Sea Gulls drop two to No. 8 Moravian, fall short in NCAA regional bid

EWING, N.J. – The Salisbury University softball team saw its 2018 season come to a close Monday with a pair of losses to No. 8 Moravian College on the final day of its regional played at The College of New Jersey.

Game 1: Moravian 3, Salisbury 0

The Sea Gulls were held off the base paths until a one-out single by Dakotah Fraley in the fourth inning as Moravian pitcher Josie Novak was stellar in the circle early. Salisbury was unable to bring Fraley around, but nearly had the big offensive shot in the inning. Facing a two-strike count, Annie Pietanza got a pitch belt high and turned on it for what appeared to be a two-run home run down the left field line, but the blast was ruled foul and the game remained scoreless.

For the Sea Gulls, starting pitcher Rachael Milligan kept the game square despite allowing five hits over the first four innings, with her defense helping her out in the top of the fourth. Madison Shaneberger led off the inning with a double to left center field, but came too far around second base and Sami Mumford's thrown from left field, behind Shaneberger, got the out to begin the frame.

Another leadoff double in the fifth did come around to score for the Greyhounds on a two-run home run by Kat Spilman, and a solo home run in the seventh marked the remainder of the scoring for the game.

Game 2: Moravian 9, Salisbury 1 (6 inn.)

The Greyhounds (36-6) got on the board first in the second game, scoring a pair in the second inning. After a two-out walk and a double down the left field line, Kaela Kane singled up the middle bringing home the two runs.

Moravian scored four times in the third and added another run in the fifth inning before Salisbury (30-15) was able to break through against Novak, who pitched 30 of her team's 32 innings throughout the regional and was named Most Outstanding Player of the regional. Pietanza, who was named to the All-Tournament team after batting .308 in the Sea Gulls' four games, was responsible for Salisbury's run in the game, hitting a leadoff home run to left-center field in the top of the sixth inning.

She was joined on the All-Tournament team by Fraley, who hit .417 with a .667 slugging percentage, and Milligan, who pitched in all four games, with 18 strikeouts in her 24 1/3 innings, while going 2-1.

The Greyhounds scored twice in the sixth to end the contest.

The Sea Gulls had six hits in the game, led by Collins' two base hits.

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