YORK, Pa. – The No. 2 Salisbury University softball team picked up a pair of shortened wins in a doubleheader sweep at York College of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon. The games were delayed due to snow that came in unexpectedly overnight, but the cold weather would not cool the Salisbury bats, as the Sea Gulls scored 19 runs in the two contests.
Game 1: Salisbury 10, York 2 (5 inn.)
Junior Kim Dorsey started the day in style, driving the fourth pitch of the day from York starter Courtney Martin to right field for her team-leading sixth home run of the year. It was the start of a four-run opening inning for the Sea Gulls, as junior Katie Sebbane drove in freshman LeAnne Collins with a single and designated player Annah Brittingham brought home two runs later in the inning.
Brittingham and Sebbane were two of six Sea Gulls who had at least two hits in the game, as Salisbury pounded out 15 in the contest.
The four run output gave Salisbury starting pitcher Rachel Johnson a healthy cushion. She would prove to not need much support, surrendering six hits over five innings of work, while allowing one run and striking out seven.
The offensive assault continued in the second inning with senior Rebecca Hoey and junior Molly Simpson each driving in runs and Hoey made the lead 8-0 in the fourth with a two-run home run, her first of the day.
Salisbury won the game with a pair of runs in the fifth, on a Paige Knussman double and a Sebbane sacrifice fly, as the Spartans got a run in the fourth and an unearned tally in the fifth off freshman pitcher Annie Pietanza, making her first appearance in the circle this year.
Hoey finished the game 3-for-3 with the three RBIs, Knussman scored three runs while Collins and Sebbane each scored twice.
Game 2: Salisbury 9, York 1 (6 inn.)
The Sea Gulls fell behind in the second game, when York (11-7, 0-2 CAC) scored a run on two hits off Salisbury starter Brittingham in the third. A pair of singles and a wild pitch put runners into scoring position with one out for the Spartans before a groundout scored the game's first run.
Hoey made sure the lead would not make it to the bottom of the fourth, as the Salisbury catcher drilled her second home run of the day, in the top of the fourth, a two-run shot to left field, scoring Sebbane in front of her, for a 2-1 lead.
The game would be blown open in the fifth, when Salisbury scored five times on four hits, and took advantage of a pair of York errors, to take a 7-1 lead. The five runs came in on a pair of home runs, as Knussman ripped a three-run shot to left and Simpson followed with a two-run blast to left center.
The Sea Gulls (16-1, 6-0 CAC) added a couple more runs in the sixth, with Knussman driving in her fifth run of the day in the inning to push the lead to eight runs, 9-1, and turned things over to Brittingham to finish.
The Pocomoke, Maryland native worked all six innings, scattering three hits, while striking out four. She did not allow a Spartan hit in the final three innings, to pick up her sixth win of the year.
Salisbury will remain in Pennsylvania tomorrow, March 29, taking on Penn State University-Harrisburg in a CAC doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.