Pietanza's homer, Powell's performance lead softball to doubleheader split with Frostburg

Pietanza's homer, Powell's performance lead softball to doubleheader split with Frostburg

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team earned a doubleheader split with Frostburg State University on Sunday at Sea Gull Softball Stadium falling in the opener 7-3 before coming back with a 1-0 victory in the second game of the twinbill.

Game 1: Frostburg St. 7, Salisbury 3

After two scoreless innings in the first game, in which only one player reached base, the teams got the offense going in the middle innings, with the Bobcats striking for three runs in the top of the third to kick things off.

Salisbury starting pitcher Rachael Milligan hit a batter and walked two to loaded the bases with two outs and Emily Harvey took advantage of the opportunity driving a three-run triple to left field.

Frostburg got another run in the top of the fourth before the Sea Gulls struck back with three in the bottom of the fourth. Junior LeAnne Collins got Salisbury's first hit of the day with a single to left field to begin the inning. With one out, Collins stood on third, while senior Caitlin Lake was on second after reaching on a fielder's choice and stealing second.

Annie Pietanza drove in Collins with a bloop double to right field and freshman Mikayla Meehan sent a double to right-center field to score two more runs, cutting the deficit to 4-3.

The Bobcats rebounded with three in the top of the fifth, to take control as Salisbury managed just one base runner over the final three innings.

Sophomore pitcher Brooke Mizelle came on in relief, giving up two hits over 2 2/3 shutout innings. Pietanza was the lone Sea Gull with two hits in the game.

Game 2: Salisbury 1, Frostburg St. 0

In the second game, it was a pitchers' duel throughout, with a total of just 11 hits as Salisbury starting pitcher Shannon Powell and Frostburg starter Hannah Tavik both went for complete games.

The Bobcats (14-10, 5-1 CAC) got two of their five hits in the top of the first inning, with two-out singles from Tavik and Emily Harvey, but Powell got a strikeout – one of her four in the game – to get out of the inning.

Each team put runners on base in each of their first two innings, with Salisbury (15-13, 4-2 CAC) getting hits from Meehan and Allen to begin the second inning, but a pair of strikeouts and a flyout kept the game scoreless.

All of the game's offense came from one swing of the bat of Pietanza, who blasted a solo home run on a 1-and-0 offering from Tavik in the bottom of the third inning. The shot was her team-high-tying fifth of the year.

Powell took over from there, allowing just one more Bobcat to reach base in the final four innings, and that runner could not get past second base.

Powell improved to 6-2 on the season with the victory, scattering five hits and walking none. Salisbury had just six hits, with Meehan accounting for two of them.

The Sea Gulls return to action this Wednesday, April 5 hosting Wesley College for another CAC doubleheader, beginning at 3 p.m., at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.

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