SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 6 Salisbury University softball team kept things rolling in Capital Athletic Conference play on Monday afternoon sweeping a doubleheader against York College of Pennsylvania at the SU Softball Field.
Game 1: Salisbury 2, York 0
Senior Annah Brittingham dominated in the circle for the Sea Gulls in the opener, retiring the first 11 batters she faces, while allowing just five base runners on four walks and a hit and striking out a career-high 15 batters.
Salisbury needed the strong pitching performance, as the offense could accumulate eight hits against York starter Melissa Jurkewicz, but only pushed across the two runs, both coming in the fourth inning.
Salisbury threatened in the second and third innings, getting runners into scoring position with less than two outs in each frame, but Jurkewicz was able to get out of both jams.
But in the fourth, Salisbury broke through, primarily with hard-hit grounders unaffected by the stiff wind blowing across the field from right to left field. Brittingham singled to center field and stole second to open the inning before a groundout moved her to third.
Senior Katie Sebbane reached on an infield single, bringing home Brittingham for the 1-0 lead, and sophomore Allison Clampitt, who pinch ran for Sebbane scored after a pair of hits, coming home on junior Caitlin Lake's ball through the right side. The Sea Gulls had half of their hits in the game during the inning.
The Spartans threatened in the sixth inning putting two runners in scoring position with no outs, but could not push a run across. Senior Paige Knussman made a strong defensive play when a pitch in the dirt for strike three squirted up the first base line. Knussman, the catcher in the game, was quick to react pouncing on the ball, and diving home to tag out York's Katie Maloney for the first out, who tried to score on the play.
Brittingham retired the next five batters she faced to close out the contest, joining Rachel Johnson, Erika Brittingham, and Lacey Lister as the only four Salisbury players in the past 15 years to record at least 15 strikeouts in a game.
Game 2: Salisbury 8, York 0 (5 inn.)
The Sea Gulls were able to breathe a little easier in the second game, as the offense registered six runs in the first two innings to make starting pitcher Brooke Mizelle's job a bit easier.
Brittingham, the designated player in the second game, drove in the game's first run when her infield single brought home Collins in the first inning. Senior Kim Dorsey singled next, bringing home Knussman for the 2-0 lead.
In the second inning Knussman drilled her 10th home run of the year through the strong, gusting wind to left-center field, scoring two runs, and Brittingham added a solo shot moments later as the seniors went back-to-back.
The Sea Gulls had six hits in the second and added singles runs in the third and fourth innings, including a solo home run by senior Molly Simpson, her team-leading 11th of the season, in the third.
Mizelle was in charge throughout her five innings in the circle, sitting down the first six batters she faced while scattering three hits in the game and striking out four.
Brittingham was 3-for-3 in the contest while Collins, Dorsey, and Lake each had a pair of hits.
The Sea Gulls return to action on Wednesday, traveling to Wesley College for a CAC doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.