SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University softball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia University on Saturday afternoon at the SU Softball field, pounding out 40 hits and scoring 42 runs, while the Salisbury pitching staff accounted for a perfect game and just three base runners allowed.
Game 1: Salisbury 24, Southern Virginia 0 (5 inn.)
Senior Rachel Johnson, who was one of 16 players in the program's history honored between games for being named to the Capital Athletic Conference's Silver Anniversary Team, recorded the perfect game in the opener, allowing just three balls to be put in play, while striking out 11.
The perfect game is the 12th in program history, with Johnson accounting for seven of them – two of which have come this season.
After Johnson sat down the Knights in order in the top of the first inning, the Sea Gull bats got to work, scoring five times on four doubles, a walk and a Southern Virginia error in the first inning for a five-run lead. Senior Rebecca Hoey and juniors Kim Dorsey and Katie Sebbane each had RBI doubles in the frame.
In the second, the Salisbury bats kept rolling, scoring 11 more runs. Junior Paige Knussman got the scoring started in the inning, drilling the first of four Sea Gull home runs of the day, scoring herself and junior Rachel Spadin, who walked to begin the inning.
Junior designated player Annah Brittingham added a two-run double in the frame, while Hoey also drove in two runs in the inning, with a double early in the inning, and a single later in the frame.
The Sea Gulls had eight extra-base hits in the game, including a run-scoring double from senior Angela Malgieri in the third inning. Also in the inning, freshman Kristen Yanarella notched her first collegiate hit, with a single to left field.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, freshman Allison Clampitt drove a ball to right-center field for a single, and her first hit as a Sea Gull.
Knussman, Dorsey, and Hoey each had three hits in the first game, with Knussman, Hoey and Brittingham each driving in three.
Game 2: Salisbury 18, Southern Virginia 0 (5 inn.)
The second game followed a similar story line, with Brittingham getting the start in the circle and controlling the Southern Virginia (0-23, 0-14 CAC) bats in the early innings, while the Sea Gull offense put up a few runs in the first and exploded in the second.
A Dorsey single through the left side scored Knussman for the 1-0 lead in the first inning, while Brittingham doubled to score two more and take a 3-0 lead.
Brittingham would not allow a base runner in her first first three innings of work, at one point striking out eight straight, and the Salisbury offense would give the Pocomoke, Maryland native all the run support she needed in the second inning, coming up with 11 hits for nine more runs.
Yanarella sent a ball into the right-field corner for a triple to open the inning and came home when Malgieri followed with a nearly identical hit. Salisbury's first five hits in the innings went for extra bases, including a two-run home run by Hoey. Sebbane followed with a three-run shot later in the inning, her second home run of the year.
Yanarella had another first in the bottom of the third, drilling a two-run home run, the first of her career, to right-center field, extending the lead for Salisbury (22-3, 10-2 CAC).
The Knights got their first base runner of the game in the fourth, with a bloop single behind third base, but Brittingham would strike out 10 in her four innings of work before freshman Ashley Massoni came on in the fifth to finish things off.
Freshman Taylor Zimmerman came up with her first collegiate hit, in the bottom of the fourth, sending a single to right field.
Brittingham was 4-for-4 at the plate, while five other Sea Gulls had two hits in the game. Brittingham scored three times and drove in three.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Sunday, April 12, hosting Frostburg State University in a doubleheader, slated to begin at 1 p.m.