DOVER, Del. – The No. 5 Salisbury University softball team picked up a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep at Wesley College on Wednesday afternoon with a pair of shutouts.
Game 1: Salisbury 6, Wesley 0
The Sea Gulls put up three runs in the top of the first inning in the opener to take the early lead, ripping three hits – including a pair of home runs.
Senior Molly Simpson notched a one-out triple before classmate Paige Knussman drilled her 11th home run of the season for the 2-0 lead. Two batters later, senior Kim Dorsey connected on a solo shot to push the lead to 3-0.
For each player, it was their 33rd career home run, which puts them in a tie for the second on Salisbury's all-time list with April Harned (1999-2001).
The early lead was enough for senior pitcher Annah Brittingham who carried the advantage through the first five innings. Brittingham gave up just four hits in her time in the circle, walking a pair and striking out eight. Wesley put two runners on twice, but could not push a run across.
The Sea Gulls plated three more runs in the top of the sixth inning, with junior Caitlin Lake driving in a pair on a double with two outs while Lake came around to score on a grounder from LeAnne Collins.
Sophomore Annie Pietanza came into the circle for the final two innings for Salisbury, retiring all six batters she faced, striking out two.
Game 2: Salisbury 14, Wesley 0 (5 inn.)
Another big inning, this time for five runs, got things started strong for the Sea Gulls (27-4, 9-1 CAC). After a single and steal from Collins, Simpson came up with a single down the right-field line, for the 1-0 lead in the opening inning.
Knussman added a run-scoring double and freshman Brooke Mizelle drove in a pair with her single. The final run of the frame came home on sophomore Kristen Yanarella's groundout to cap the first-inning scoring.
The RBI for Knussman was the 181st of her career moving her into second place on the Sea Gulls' all-time list.
Mizelle, Salisbury's starting pitcher, collected her 15th win of the year, going the distance in the five-inning affair, giving up just four hits while walking one and striking out seven. She allowed just two base runners in the first three innings, never allowing a Wolverine to reach third base in the game.
Salisbury added to its lead in the third inning, on Brittingham's RBI single, and put the game out of reach in the fourth with six more runs on eight hits. Knussman, senior Katie Sebbane, and Mizelle each drove in runs before Lake came up with a two-run triple, her second of the game, giving her four on the year, while Collins drove in the final run of the frame.
The Sea Gulls got two more runs in the fifth, on RBI from Sebbane and Mizelle to cap the win.
The Wolverines (12-14, 5-7 CAC) put two runners on in the fifth, but failed to push one across home plate.
The Sea Gulls close out CAC regular-season play this weekend, hosting the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, April 16 in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., and traveling to Frostburg State University on Sunday, April 17.