Offensive outbursts lead softball to doubleheader sweep of Stevenson

Offensive outbursts lead softball to doubleheader sweep of Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The No. 9 Salisbury University softball team rolled through its doubleheader at Stevenson University on Wednesday afternoon for a sweep against the Mustangs.

Game 1: Salisbury 14, Stevenson 0

The opener remained scoreless until the fifth inning with Salisbury's Annah Brittingham and Stevenson's Brooke Steinbach, the starting pitchers, keeping each offense in check. The Sea Gulls had a hit in each of the first four innings, including loading the bases in the second, but failed to get the key hit against Steinbach.

Brittingham, in the bottom halves of the innings, allowed three base runners in the opening four innings, on a pair of hits and a walk, but only one runner reached scoring position for Stevenson.

Salisbury got the scoring started in the top of the fifth, bringing home two runs on three hits. Senior Molly Simpson drilled a solo home run to open the inning before sophomore Annie Pietanza ripped a run-scoring double, bringing home senior Paige Knussman.

Four hits led to five more runs in the sixth, with Pietanza and Megan Buonpane each driving in two in the inning, giving Brittingham a 7-0 lead to work with.

The senior surrendered her third and final hit of the day in the sixth inning, as she rolled to the three-hit shutout.

Salisbury exploded for seven more runs in the top of the seventh, the big shot being a three-run triple off the bat of senior Rachel Spadin.

Game 2: Salisbury 14, Stevenson 2 (6 inn.)

In the second game, the Sea Gulls (19-4) got the offense going much earlier, putting up five runs in the top of the first inning on five hits and three Mustang errors. Katie Sebbane drove in two in the inning, with a double to left field, while Buonpane and Dorsey each drove in one in the frame.

The five runs set up starting pitcher Brooke Mizelle, who went the distance for her 11th win of the year. The freshman scattered eight hits and walked none while striking out three in the game.

Mizelle helped her team's offense in the third inning, driving in a run to push the lead to 6-0 before Dorsey added a two-run home run to left-center field, in the third inning.

A solo home run for the Mustangs (5-13) made it 8-1 before the Sea Gulls put things away in the top of the sixth, scoring six times, including back-to-back home runs from Simpson and Knussman. The shot for Knussman was the 30th of her career, making her just the third player in program history to reach the number.

Junior Summer Paglianete drove in two runs later in the inning, with a double down the left-field line.

Stevenson got a run in the bottom of the sixth, but that was all as Salisbury closed out the doubleheader sweep.

The Sea Gulls embark on a four-game Capital Athletic Conference road trip this weekend playing a doubleheader at Southern Virginia University on Saturday, April 2, and then getting a twinbill in at Frostburg State University on Sunday, April 3.

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