SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 17 Salisbury University softball team advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference championship game after taking down the University of Mary Washington on Saturday afternoon with a score of 3-0.
Salisbury (34-5) jumped out to a one-run lead in the first inning as sophomore Harley Hill led the inning off with a single and then advanced to second base on junior Sarah Alpaugh's sacrifice bunt. Senior Erika Brittingham's single to right field brought in Hill for the first run of the contest.
Brittingham pitched all seven innings for the Sea Gulls picking up her 19th victory on the year. The Georgetown, Del., native retired 18 batters in the first five innings, allowing just one hit, that coming in the third inning. The senior ended the day having fanned 11 Eagles, walking one and allowing three hits.
SU's second run was scored off Hill's double to left-center field, plating junior Lindsay McCabe.
The Sea Gulls tacked on an additional run in the third inning, starting with a triple from junior Hannah Mills. Mills touched home after tagging up at third base when McCabe sent a sacrifice fly out to right field, giving the Gulls a 3-0 lead.
The best scoring opportunity for Mary Washington (24-18) came with two runners on in the top of the sixth inning with two outs. Alecia Boykin drove a shot out to center field where Alpaugh made the catch to end the inning unscathed.
With the win, the Sea Gulls remain the only undefeated team in the double-elimination CAC tournament and will face Frostburg State University in the CAC championship game. The Bobcats advance to the championship game after eliminating the University of Mary Washington with a score of 2-1.
The championship game, originally scheduled for Sunday, April 22, has been postponed due to expected inclement weather and will be played at a later date, most likely late next week.