Softball takes two from Wilkes in Sea Gull Classic

Softball takes two from Wilkes in Sea Gull Classic

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 3 Salisbury University softball team continued play in the Sea Gull Classic picking up a pair of wins against Wilkes University on Saturday morning at the SU Softball Field.

Game 1: Salisbury 12, Wilkes 0 (5 inn.)

Salisbury put up two runs in the first inning of the opener and never looked back, giving the lead to junior pitcher Rachel Johnson, who twirled the program's 41st no-hitter, and the second in two days.

Johnson allowed just three base runners in her five innings, while striking out 12 and never allowing a Colonel base runner into scoring position. With the stellar effort, Johnson maintains her unblemished earned-run average this season.

In the third inning, Salisbury opened things up. Sophomore Kim Dorsey connected on her fourth home run of the season, a mammoth blast to left field.

Salisbury would load the bases with a pair of singles and a walk and pushed the lead to 4-0 when a wild pitch allowed all the runners to advance. The lead continued to lengthen with three-consecutive run-scoring singles by Molly Simpson, Angela Malgieri and Angelia McDowell.

The inning would come back around to Dorsey who ripped a two-run triple to right-center field as the Sea Gulls put up 10 runs in the frame to open the 12-0 lead and claim the win in five innings.

Game 2: Salisbury 9, Wilkes 1 (5 inn.)

In the second contest, the Salisbury bats picked up where they left off, pushing five runs across in the first inning to open up a 5-0 lead.

It took just three batters for the first run to come home for the Gulls as sophomore Rachel Spadin singled with one out, then came around when Dorsey's single up the middle was misplayed. Dorsey would advance to third on the error and come home on a wild pitch for the 2-0 advantage.

Sophomore Katie Sebbane was hit by a pitch and was driven in from first on junior Rebecca Hoey's double to right field. Three more singles in the inning lead to a five-run edge.

Salisbury added three more in the second, highlighted by Sebbane's first home run of the year, as she hooked it around the left field foul pole, for a two-run shot, scoring Dorsey ahead of her. Dorsey drove in the inning's first run with a double to plate Spadin.

The pitching staffs maintained the 8-0 score until the fifth inning. Salisbury starter Kathryn Larson gave up just one hit while striking out four in three innings of work and freshman Ashley Lesniewski surrendered one unearned run in the top of the fifth.

The run extended the game into the bottom of the fifth, but the Gulls (8-0) would put the contest away with just one out in the inning, loading the bases with a single, a walk and a Wilkes (0-4) error. After a fly out, senior Virginia Walther singled to right field, scoring pinch runner Caitlin Lake to end the game.

Salisbury will be back in action on Sunday afternoon, hosting Lynchburg College, who also won four times in the Sea Gull Classic, for a doubleheader. The first pitch is slated for noon.

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