BUENA VISTA, Va. – The No. 9 Salisbury University softball team scored 32 runs on Saturday, in a doubleheader sweep of Southern Virginia University while senior pitcher Annah Brittingham earned the 13th perfect game in program history.
Game 1: Salisbury 18, Southern Virginia 0 (5 inn.)
While the Sea Gulls scored 18 runs, the opener was all about Brittingham, who tossed the first perfect game of her career. Along with being the 13th perfect game in program history, it was also the 50th no-hitter in Salisbury softball history.
The Salisbury bats got Brittingham all she needed in the first inning, scoring seven runs on three hits. After sophomore LeAnne Collins doubled to open the contest, a hit batter and walk loaded the bases. A wild pitch brought home Collins for the first run and Brittingham drove a double to left field, scoring two for the 3-0 lead.
Sophomore Annie Pietanza, junior Caitlin Lake, and senior Paige Knussman each drove in runs in the inning, as well, with Pietanza doing so with a single, Lake lifted a sacrifice fly scoring senior Katie Sebbane, and Knussman's walk brought home freshman Megan Buonpane.
Brittingham would roll through her five innings in the circle, notching four strikeouts, and retired every other batter on groundouts as the Knights were unable to get the ball out of the infield. While it is her first perfect game, it's also Brittingham's second no-hitter of the year.
The Sea Gull offense added eight runs in the second inning, with senior Kim Dorsey lifting a solo home run to left-center field to open up the inning, the first of eight Salisbury hits in the frame.
Sebbane drove in two in the inning, with her single up the middle, as the lead grew to 15.
Dorsey would connect on another solo shot, her sixth of the year and 30th of her career.
Game 2: Salisbury 14, Southern Virginia 3 (6 inn.)
Dorsey kept her hot hitting going in the second game, ripping a one-out single in the top of the first inning to score senior Molly Simpson and Knussman for a 2-0 lead.
Knussman reached earlier in the inning on a double to left field; it was the 200th hit of her collegiate career, making her just the ninth Sea Gull in program history to accomplish the feat.
In the second inning, after Simpson drove home the team's third run, Dorsey connected on her 31st home run of her career, moving her past Knussman for third in program history. The three-run shot pushed the Salisbury lead to 6-0.
Salisbury scored in each of the first four innings with four errors by the Knights in the third inning leading to three runs, while sophomore Kristen Yanarella drove in a run in the fourth making it 10-0 before the Knights (5-21, 0-6 CAC) got their only runs of the day in the fifth.
Freshman pitcher Brooke Mizelle worked the first three innings in shutout fashion before Pietanza gave up two hits, but no runs in the fourth.
Southern Virginia was able to push three unearned runs across with a two-out rally in the fifth inning with freshman Shannon Powell in the circle.
Salisbury added four runs in the sixth inning, three of which came around to score on junior Summer Paglianete's first career home run.
Mizelle finished off the game in the sixth, improving her record to 12-1 with the victory, giving up just a pair of hits while striking out five.
Knussman and Lake each had three hits in the second game to lead the way offensively.
The Sea Gulls will be off through this week before hosting a pair of CAC doubleheaders next week. Salisbury will welcome York College of Pennsylvania to the SU Softball Field on Saturday, April 9, and Penn State University-Harrisburg on Sunday, April 10. Each doubleheader is slated to begin at 1 p.m.