SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University softball team advances to the third round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament after eliminating York (Pa.) College on Thursday. The Sea Gulls scored four runs off four hits in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie, edging the Spartans 5-1.
Salisbury (33-5) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off senior Casey Zaino's double to left-center field, plating sophomore Molly Gigioli, but the Spartans (11-21) evened the score at one a piece, taking advantage of a Sea Gull error in the top of the third scoring Hannah Hugel.
Senior Erika Brittingham gave the Gulls the go ahead run in the fourth inning, driving a solo shot out past center field, her sixth home run of the year.
Junior Hannah Mills and Zaino followed the blast with back-to-back singles putting runners on first and second base. Junior Lindsay McCabe advanced Mills and Zaino with a sacrifice bunt allowing classmate Carly Read a chance to drive in a run with one out. Read did just that with a hard shot to York first baseman Sara Thacker. Thacker attempted to look Mills back at third base, but as she was about to tag first base for the out Mills broke for home, sliding in to avoid the tag of Spartan catcher Rachel Klein putting an additional run on the scoreboard, 3-1.
The Sea Gulls last two runs came off the bat of sophomore Harley Hill, who led the team with with two RBIs.
Brittingham (18-3) worked all seven innings for the maroon and gold allowing one run on two hits while striking out nine Spartan batters. The Georgetown, Del., native went 2-for-3 at the plate, adding a run and a RBI.
Salisbury will now face the No. 2 seeded University of Mary Washington at the SU Softball Field on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m.; neither team has suffered a loss in the CAC tournament.