Sea Gulls eliminate Rams in regional action, 11-0

Sea Gulls eliminate Rams in regional action, 11-0

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The No. 18 Salisbury University softball team may have started off slow but the bats caught fire in the sixth and seventh innings as the Sea Gulls scored 10 runs off eight hits to eliminate Farmingdale State College, 11-0, in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Softball Championship.

Salisbury (36-6) started the scoring in the top of the third when Sarah Alpaugh doubled to left-center field to plate Carly Read.

Farmingdale (26-15) put two runners on in the fourth but Salisbury closed out the inning, retiring the next three batters.

Salisbury came alive in the top of the sixth inning, scoring three runs off one hit. Brittingham led off the inning with a walk and  freshman Angela Malgieri came in to pinch run. Senior Casey Zaino took advantage of a Ram error, reaching first base on a sacrifice bunt to put runners on the corners. With one out, junior Lindsay McCabe hit a double to left field, good for two RBIs and later scored on a wild pitch to bring the score to 4-0.

The Sea Gulls turned a double play in the bottom of the sixth as junior Hannah Mills caught a line drive to shortstop and then fired to first base where Harley Hill tagged out Hillary Genova. Brittingham then struck out her fourth Ram of the day to end the inning.

Freshman Rachel Johnson came in to pitch the final two outs of the seventh inning where she knocked down two consecutive batters before being relieved by sophomore Kathryn Larson, who took care of business with a strikeout.

Brittingham ended the day allowing three hits and fanning four Rams. The Georgetown, Del., native went 1-for-3 at the plate with a three-run homer, lifting the Gulls to a 7-0 lead in the seventh.

The maroon and gold scored seven runs off seven hits in the seventh.

Alpaugh went 2-for-4 on the day, driving in the winning run in the third inning while McCabe went 1-for-3 with two RBIs.

"We had another slow start but a much better performance today," said Salisbury Head Coach Margie Knight. "Our pitching improved, making each individual batter work for a hit and even though we stranded a runner on third early on we improved our batting from yesterday, so overall it was a good performance."

Salisbury will play either Emory College or Roanoke College in an elimination game on Saturday, May 11, at 1 p.m.

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