SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team defeated Capital University and Mother Nature on Saturday at the Henry Parker Complex. On a day that 24 hours previously looked like it would be all rain, the Sea Gulls were able to get a game in at the Salisbury University Tournament, defeating the Crusaders, 11-0, in five innings.
Knowing foul weather was on its way, and would eventually cancel the Sea Gulls' second scheduled game of the day against Rutgers University-Camden, Salisbury got the offense going early, and benefited from a few Capital miscues to scored four runs in the first two innings.
The Sea Gulls (6-1) forced Capital starting pitcher Brooke Billings to throw 39 pitches in the first inning, with three nine-pitch at-bats, as Salisbury had a hit and scored a run in the first inning. Junior Kim Dorsey reached on a walk on the first long at-bat to open the inning, and advanced to third on freshman LeAnne Collins' bunt, and the throw attempting to get Dorsey at third missed the mark, allowing her to score the first run.
It was a two-out rally in the bottom of the second that opened the game up, as Dorsey ripped her first home run of the year, the opposite way, while Collins would later score on a Capital error, and junior Katie Sebbane scored when classmate Paige Knussman drove a ball up the middle for the 4-0 lead.
The four runs would be plenty for senior pitcher Rachel Johnson, who battled through the conditions with at times potent rainfall, to strike out six batters, while allowing just four base runners in five innings of work to collect her fourth win of the season.
The Salisbury offense would put up seven more runs, as Sebbane picked up an RBI, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and the next batter, Knussman drilled a no-doubt grand slam over the left field fence for a 9-0 lead in the third.
The Sea Gulls return to campus on Sunday, March 15, hosting Lynchburg College for a doubleheader at the SU Softball Field that is scheduled to begin at noon.