BUENA VISTA, Va. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia University, taking the two games by a combined score of 25-0, as Salisbury junior Rachel Johnson made history with the program's eighth perfect game in the opener.
Game one: Salisbury 11, Southern Virginia 0 (5 inn.)
Salisbury opened the first game with an offensive outburst, pushing six runs across in the first inning, taking advantage of three Knight errors, while coming up with two hits.
After an error, a walk and a wild pitch, Salisbury's Harley Hill stood on third and Angelia McDowell was at second for shortstop Kim Dorsey. The sophomore did not miss her opportunity, ripping a two-run double to start the scoring.
A pair of errors would allow Dorsey to score and put runners on for catcher Rebecca Hoey, who delivered a single to plate Paige Knussman and Salisbury would score two more on a wild pitch and a ground out.
The six-run lead was plenty for Johnson who came through with the perfect game, needing just 43 pitches to get through the five innings. She struck out the first 11 batters she faced and 13 overall in the contest.
Dorsey came through at the plate again in the top of the second, blasting her team-leading eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot to score McDowell in front of her.
Johnson retired the Knights in order in the bottom of the second, on nine pitches with three strikeouts.
Salisbury would add three runs in the fifth inning, as McDowell and Dorsey each had RBIs in the frame.
Dorsey was 3-for-3 in the game with five runs driven in and McDowell scored three times.
Game two: Salisbury 14, Southern Virginia 0 (5 inn.)
The second game began in similar fashion as Salisbury (19-1) got to Southern Virginia (0-12) starting pitcher Jamie Pinkston for five runs in the top of the first inning.
After a walk and two singles, the bases were loaded for sophomore Katie Sebbane, who ripped a single to left field, scoring McDowell for the first run of the contest. Hoey followed with a two-run single and the lead grew to five on a two-run single by sophomore Molly Simpson.
The Salisbury bats got back to work in the second inning, following a quick bottom of the first from senior pitcher Kathryn Larson, who retired the side in order.
In the top of the second, Salisbury stretched the lead with eight runs. Knussman forced in a run with a bases-loaded walk before Sebbane blasted her third home run of the year, a grand slam, pushing the lead to 10-0.
Senior Molly Gigioli, Hill and McDowell each drove in one run in the inning, as well.
Larson rolled through four innings in the circle, seeing just two Knights reach base and striking out five. Freshman Ashley Lesniewski came on for the fifth inning, giving up one hit while finishing off the contest.
The Sea Gulls return home, for the first time since March 15, when they host No. 8 Virginia Wesleyan College on Wednesday, April 2 at the SU Softball Field. The top-10 battle begins with the first pitch at 3 p.m.