Fri, Feb/15 Final
6 Rochester (N.Y.)
8 vs. Salisbury
Fri, Feb/15 Final - 5 innings
3 Rochester (N.Y.)
11 vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/17 Final
3 Rochester (N.Y.)
0 vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/17 Final
5 No. 18 TCNJ
6 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/02 Final
3 Clarkson
10 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/02 Final - 6 innings
1 Washington (Md.)
13 vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/03 Final
1 Clarkson
3 vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/03 Final
6 Washington (Md.)
7 vs. Salisbury
Fri, Mar/08 Final
2 Cortland St.
4 vs. No. 17 Salisbury
Sat, Mar/09 Final
3 TCNJ
4 vs. No. 17 Salisbury
Sat, Mar/09 Final - 5 innings
9 TCNJ
1 vs. No. 17 Salisbury
Mon, Mar/11 Final - 5 innings
9 Lynchburg
0 vs. No. 17 Salisbury
Mon, Mar/11 Final
5 Lynchburg
4 vs. No. 17 Salisbury
Fri, Mar/15 Final
4 No. 18 Salisbury
6 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
Fri, Mar/15 Final - 5 innings
2 No. 18 Salisbury
6 at No. 1 Va. Wesleyan
Sat, Mar/23 Final
6 Ursinus
5 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/23 Final
6 Ursinus
7 vs. Salisbury
Tue, Mar/26 Final - 5 innings
14 No. 25 Salisbury
5 at Wesley
Tue, Mar/26 Final - 5 innings
11 No. 25 Salisbury
4 at Wesley
Sat, Mar/30 Final
0 Penn St.-Harrisburg
6 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/30 Final - 9 innings
4 Penn St.-Harrisburg
5 vs. Salisbury
Wed, Apr/03 Final - 6 innings
10 Salisbury
1 at Mary Washington
Wed, Apr/03 Final
1 Salisbury
3 at Mary Washington
Sat, Apr/06 Final
2 Salisbury
3 at York (Pa.)
Sat, Apr/06 Final - 8 innings
7 Salisbury
5 at York (Pa.)
Sun, Apr/07 Final - 6 innings
1 Stevenson
9 vs. Salisbury
Sun, Apr/07 Final
6 Stevenson
9 vs. Salisbury
Tue, Apr/09 Final
6 Salisbury
1 at Catholic
Tue, Apr/09 Final
6 Salisbury
5 at Catholic
Fri, Apr/19 Final
0 Chris. Newport
2 vs. Salisbury
Fri, Apr/19 Final
6 Chris. Newport
1 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Apr/20 Final
3 Southern Virginia
7 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Apr/20 Final
4 Southern Virginia
3 vs. Salisbury
Mon, Apr/22 Final - 9 innings
6 Salisbury
4 at Frostburg State
Mon, Apr/22 Final - 6 innings
11 Salisbury
7 at Frostburg State
Sat, Apr/27 Final
9 CAC No. 3 Salisbury
10 vs. CAC No. 5 Frostburg St.
Sat, Apr/27 Final - 6 innings
2 CAC No. 3 Salisbury
10 at CAC No. 2 Chris. Newport
Sat, Feb/15 10:00 AM
Rochester (N.Y.)
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/15 12:00 PM
TCNJ
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/16 12:00 PM
Rochester (N.Y.)
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/16 2:00 PM
Rochester (N.Y.)
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/22 10:00 AM
DeSales
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/22 12:00 PM
Hood
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/23 12:00 PM
DeSales
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Feb/23 2:00 PM
Hood
vs. Salisbury
Wed, Feb/26 1:30 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Salisbury
Wed, Feb/26 3:30 PM
Va. Wesleyan
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/29 10:00 AM
Oneonta
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/29 12:00 PM
Clarkson
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/01 12:00 PM
Clarkson
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/01 2:00 PM
Oneonta
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/07 12:00 PM
Cortland St.
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/07 2:00 PM
Cortland St.
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/08 12:00 PM
TCNJ
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/08 2:00 PM
TCNJ
vs. Salisbury
Mon, Mar/09 12:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Salisbury
Mon, Mar/09 2:00 PM
Lynchburg
vs. Salisbury
Fri, Mar/13 2:00 PM
Wesley
vs. Salisbury
Fri, Mar/13 4:00 PM
Wesley
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/22 12:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Mar/22 2:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon
vs. Salisbury
Thu, Mar/26 2:30 PM
Salisbury
at Washington (Md.)
Thu, Mar/26 4:30 PM
Salisbury
at Washington (Md.)
Sat, Mar/28 1:00 PM
York (Pa.)
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Mar/28 3:00 PM
York (Pa.)
vs. Salisbury
Tue, Mar/31 2:00 PM
Salisbury
at Cabrini
Tue, Mar/31 4:00 PM
Salisbury
at Cabrini
Sat, Apr/04 12:00 PM
Salisbury
at Southern Virginia
Sat, Apr/04 2:00 PM
Salisbury
at Southern Virginia
Sat, Apr/11 1:30 PM
Chris. Newport
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Apr/11 3:30 PM
Chris. Newport
vs. Salisbury
Wed, Apr/15 3:00 PM
Salisbury
at Mary Washington
Wed, Apr/15 5:00 PM
Salisbury
at Mary Washington
Sat, Apr/18 1:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Apr/18 3:00 PM
Catholic
vs. Salisbury
Sun, Apr/19 1:00 PM
Salisbury
at Stevenson
Sun, Apr/19 3:00 PM
Salisbury
at Stevenson
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Preview: Softball joins new faces with seasoned veterans heading to 2018 opener

Preview: Softball joins new faces with seasoned veterans heading to 2018 opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team heads into the 2018 season anchored by a pair of returning All-Americans, four seniors, and an abundance of talented young players.

The Sea Gull roster features seven freshmen and four sophomores, many of whom are expected to step in and contribute immediately as the program looks to begin its run toward a 20th Capital Athletic Conference championship.

The Sea Gulls are coming off a year in which they placed third in the CAC standings, and finished with a record of 21-19. Some of the areas of need have been addressed and the Head Coach Margie Knight is excited to see how her team comes out in 2018.

"Are people hungry? Oh yeah," Knight said. "Each day players arrive early for practice to get in extra reps. They are self-motivated and understand the 'process' takes time and effort to work.  The players are looking forward to the season, and so am I." 

Pitching

The Sea Gulls return their top two arms from last year in senior Rachael Milligan and junior Shannon Powell. The pair combined to start 29 of the team's 40 games in the circle.

"Shannon will be our number one," Knight said. "She's calm, cool, and collected on the mound and has added a pitch that I think will help her."

Powell posted a team-low 2.77 ERA to go with a 9-4 record in 13 starts while making 10 relief appearances and notching one save.

Milligan went 9-9 in 2017 with six complete games while striking out 67 batters in 91 2/3 innings.

The two returners will be joined by a pair of newcomers in sophomore Alexis Layton and freshman Brea Bishop who will battle for time in the circle.

 "Brea pitched her team in high school to a state championship and Alexis took her high school team deep into the state playoffs, I think they'll really help us," Knight said.

Infield

The pitching staff will have two catchers to work with this season in returner Emily Allen, who played in 35 games last season, and freshman Madeira Alexander. Allen was the starting backstop in 29 games last season, and also was a menace at the plate, hitting a team-high-tying seven home runs.

Alexander also brings a big stick to Salisbury, which will gain her time in the lineup, at which time Allen is expected to play third base.

"They're probably going to split some time back there," Knight said. "Emily and Madeira are very talented catchers and our staff is really happy with both of them."

The backbone of the infield will come from the right side where seniors Kristen Yanarella and Annie Pietanza return to first and second base, respectively.

"Kristen is certainly leading the infield, she's the one that's played there the longest in that position," Knight said. "She looks great. Physically, she's stronger, and she's hitting the ball with authority. Defensively, she's gotten much quicker throughout her career.

"Annie has embraced the position and looks at home playing second. She has one of the best swings on the team."

Yanarella and Pietanza were two of four players to start all 40 games last year. Yanarella did so at first base for every game, while Pietanza – a third-team All-American last season – moved around a bit before finding her permanent spot at second base.

When Allen is behind the plate, junior Amelia Trotter and sophomore Kaila Beach are battling for the spot at third base, while freshman Dakotah Fraley is expected to begin the season at shortstop for the Sea Gulls.

Outfield

One of the top offensive and defensive threats in the nation last season returns to patrol the outfield. A first-team All-American a year ago, LeAnne Collins will move from right field to center field for her senior season.

Collins was a finalist for the National Player of the Year award, and this year is on the preseason watch list for the award along with Pietanza, after batting .537 – the third-highest average in Division III – to go with 11 doubles, seven triples, three home runs and scoring 48 runs.

"She's a triple threat – she can lay down a bunt, she can slap, and she can hit it out," Knight said. "She likes to drive it up the middle, drive it down the lines, she will take whatever the pitcher gives her. She is a very smart player, and very disciplined."

While Collins will anchor the outfield,  junior college All-American transfer Cat Ramagnano will play right and may have one of the most powerful arms in the program's history.

Freshman Sami Mumford, a local product from Indian River High School, and Trotter will be battling for time in left field, with the race likely coming down to who is more successful early on at the plate.

Scheduie

Salisbury opens the season with a run of 20-straight games scheduled to be played at Sea Gull Softball Stadium beginning with the Sea Gull Early Bird Tournament on the weekend of February 24 and 25.

The schedule features a number of strong opponents, including defending national champion and preseason No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan University, which comes to Salisbury on March 17.

The Sea Gulls get into CAC play on March 31 with a doubleheader against the University of Mary Washington, with their eyes then on the conference tournament, which this year is changing formats with the top two seeds each hosting a three-team opening weekend, double-elimination tournament. The winner from each site will face off in a best-of-three championship series, with the winner claiming the conference championship and heading to the NCAA tournament.