Johnson is perfect as SU sweeps Wesley

Johnson is perfect as SU sweeps Wesley

DOVER, Del. – Sophomore pitcher Rachel Johnson continued her dominating performance in the circle for the No. 4 Salisbury University softball team on Wednesday afternoon, tossing her first collegiate perfect game against Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley College. The Sea Gulls took game one 7-0 before earning 10 runs off nine hits in game two to win 10-3.

Johnson was relentless in the circle retiring 12 of the 21 Wolverine batters on strikeouts alone and fielding two bunt attempts for the out at first base.

The Sea Gull defense backed up Johnson in her effort, as senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl called the pitches and the SU infield consisting of senior shortstop Hannah Mills, senior second baseman Carly Read, junior first baseman Harley Hill and freshman third baseman Paige Knussman put away the remaining seven batters with Johnson not allowing a ball to leave the infield in the game. 

Hill started the scoring for the Sea Gulls with a double down the left-field line to plate Read and junior Angelia McDowell for a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Salisbury (26-2, 6-0 CAC) scored a run in the third and then made it a 4-0 game in the fifth off Read's triple to right field before having a three-run, three-hit, seventh inning in which senior Lindsay McCabe collected an RBI off a groundout to second base that scored freshman Rachel Spadin. Hill and Read capped off the scoring for the 7-0 victory. Hill and Read drove in five of SU's runs scored in game one.

Wesley (12-14, 0-4 CAC) would get on the scoreboard in the nightcap but not until SU established a 6-0 advantage after scoring one run in the second inning and then piling on five runs in the third, off four hits.

McDowell would lead off the inning with a single followed by a Hill single and senior Sarah Alpaugh hit by pitch that loaded the bases. Gravdahl would earn a free base after being hit by Sarah Saunders' pitch, to plate McDowell. Senior designated player Lindsay Brown singled to bring home SU's third run of the game before freshman Katie Sebbane's walk brought another run across. McCabe would round out the scoring with a two-RBI single.

Junior pitcher Kathryn Larson earned the win in the circle to improve to 10-1, allowing one run in the fourth inning and two in the sixth. Larson fanned five Wolverines in her seven innings of work with just one walk.

The Sea Gulls would score four additional runs in the final three innings including triples from Gravdahl and Alpaugh.

Hill matched her single-game high of five at-bats and three RBIs in game one while going 5-for-9 on the day with two runs scored and four RBIs.

Salisbury continues on the road, facing Catholic University of America on Saturday, April 13. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m.

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