No. 2 softball sweeps DePauw, scoring 12 runs on the day

No. 2 softball sweeps DePauw, scoring 12 runs on the day

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team earned a pair of wins in a sweep of visiting DePauw University on Sunday at the SU Softball Field in just the second meeting between the two programs.

Game 1: Salisbury 6, DePauw 3

The Tigers would get on the board first, with a run in the opening inning of the day, as Elizabeth Getz reached on a bunt base hit, thanks to an odd hop the ball took after Getz popped it up. She would steal second and get to third on an illegal pitch from Salisbury starter Rachel Johnson before Linsey Button lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, for the 1-0 lead.

The one-run edge would last only so long, as Salisbury would use its patience against DePauw starter Kahla Nolan in the bottom of the first. Freshman LeAnne Collins reached on a one-out single up middle and Nolan plunked Katie Sebbane to put two runners on, but would get the second out.

Senior Rebecca Hoey walked to load the bases, and Molly Simpson fouled off a pair of two-strike pitches to keep her at bat alive before taking a pitch off the elbow to force home the tying run.

The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the top of the third when the Tigers would bring home a run on a pair of hits with Button driving in pinch runner Andi Sarkisian with two outs.

Salisbury would load the bases in the bottom of the third with one out, but Nolan would get out of the jam with a fly out to right center field and a soft liner to end the inning.

The Sea Gulls would take the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth, when junior Kim Dorsey started things off by ripping a one-out double into the left field corner before Collins walked. After a pop out for the second out of the frame, Paige Knussman turned on a 1-and-1 offering from Nolan, dropping the ball over the left field fence for a three-run home run, her third long ball of the season.

DePauw cut into the lead with a run in the sixth, but Sebbane's two-out double to center field, just off the glove of the centerfielder Getz brought home Dorsey from first base and Hoey drove in Sebbane for the 6-3 advantage a moment later.

Johnson retired the side in order in the seventh to close out her eighth win of the year, striking out 10 while scattering five hits.

Game 2: Salisbury 6, DePauw 1

The scoring didn't start in the second game until the third inning, when Dorsey connected on a 2-and-1 pitch up in the zone from DePauw starting pitcher Emma Baldwin. Off the bat, there was no doubt that the ball would sail out to center field for a solo home run, the junior's fourth home run of the year.

The shot was able to give the Sea Gulls (12-1) the lead thanks to junior Rachel Spadin's stellar play in center field to end the top of the third inning. Salisbury starter Annah Brittingham gave up a lead-off single in the inning to Taylor Golden. She advanced to second on a bunt, and was there with two outs when Getz sent a line drive into right-center field. Spadin came charging on, and slid to make the catch and end the inning, stranding the runner.

Brittingham would work out of a bases-loaded jam in the top of the fourth before the Salisbury bats would increase the advantage.

In the fourth, the Sea Gulls sent nine batters to the plate, coming up with five runs on three hits. Brittingham opened things up with her second home run of the year, a solo blast to center field before Salisbury quickly loaded the bases. Collins drove a two-run single up the middle and Hoey drove in two more with another single to center for the 6-0 lead.

The Tigers (7-6) would put up a run in the fifth, but could get no more. Brittingham worked five innings, giving up the five hits and striking out two to grab the win, and improve to 4-0 on the year. Johnson came on for the final two innings of relief, striking out three.

The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Wednesday, March 25, hosting Wesley College at the SU Softball Field in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.

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