SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University softball team picked up a 4-2 win against the State University of New York at Cortland at Sea Gull Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The teams traded single runs in the second and third inning to sit in a 2-2 stalemate until the sixth inning when each team had chances.
Cortland (0-1) put runners on second and third with one out thanks to a pair of hits and a throwing error, but senior Shannon Powell came on as a relief pitcher and was able to escape the jam. Tori Scharff was called out for stepping out of the batter's box as she laid down a bunt for the second out and Powell got a groundout to end inning with the game still tied.
Salisbury (8-1) broke through in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring twice to take the win. Junior Emily Allen started the sixth inning outburst with a sharp line drive double to right-center field and advanced to third on a groundout.
Senior Amelia Trotter hit a comebacker to Cortland pitcher Sam Van Dorn, but Van Dorn's throw missed the mark, allowing Trotter to reach and Allen to score the go-ahead run. Sophomore Sami Mumford followed with a double to left-center field to bring home Trotter for the 4-2 lead.
In the seventh, the Red Dragons (0-1) got a base runner on against Powell to begin the frame, but the senior got a two-out line drive up the middle which shortstop Dakotah Fraley made a diving catch on to end the game.
Powell picked up the win, her fourth in four outings this season – all in relief. Jillian Jones worked 5 1/3 innings in the start, allowing the two runs (one earned), on six hits while striking out one.
The teams were slated to play a doubleheader on Friday, but steady light rain that came in throughout the afternoon made playing conditions unsafe, forcing the cancellation of the second game.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, March 9, hosting The College of New Jersey for a doubleheader beginning at noon. Cortland will take on the University of Lynchburg in a double dip at the Henry Parker Complex in Salisbury, also beginning at noon.