Saverino's walk-off hit secures doubleheader sweep for softball

Saverino's walk-off hit secures doubleheader sweep for softball

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team earned a pair of one-run victories to sweep its doubleheader on Sunday afternoon against DePauw University, including a walk-off victory in the nightcap at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.

Game 1: Salisbury 3, DePauw 2

The Sea Gulls took a 3-0 lead through the middle innings of the opener and held on in the final inning to pick up the win.

A DePauw error in the bottom of the third, allowed Salisbury to score the game's first run before Dakotah Fraley's infield single brought home Amelia Trotter for a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning. Kristen Yanarella opened the fifth inning with a double before advancing to third on Emily Allen's single and scoring on a base hit by Sami Mumford.

The 3-0 lead held until the seventh inning with starting pitcher Shannon Powell keeping the Tiger bats in check. In the seventh, DePauw came up with four hits off Powell, just two of which left the infield, leading to two runs, but with the bases loaded and two outs, Powell got a ground out to end the threat and the game. It marked her fourth win of the year as she went the distance, giving up seven hits and striking out five.

Game 2: Salisbury 6, DePauw 5

Salisbury grabbed an early lead in the second game, scoring four times in the first three innings to open up a 4-0 lead.

The Sea Gulls (13-7) scored on a wild pitch in the first, got two runs on a single to right field by Fraley in the second and saw the fourth run score on a Mumford single to right-center field in the third.

The Tigers (4-10) cut into the lead with two runs in the fourth, driving starting pitcher Rachael Milligan from the game, and got three more in the fifth off Brea Bishop, but Milligan returned to the circle in the inning and kept the deficit at just one, allowing Salisbury to stage the dramatic win.

In the bottom of the seventh, Madeira Alexander started things with a one-out single and advanced to third on a fielder's choice off the bat of Allen and an error, putting runners at the corners. A sacrifice fly from Mumford, which was dropped in the outfield, tied the game and left two runners on base before Trotter loaded the bases with her bunt single.

Freshman Alissa Saverino stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and one out, and sent the Sea Gulls home with the sweep, driving a 2-and-2 offering from Emma Baldwin into right-center field for the walk-off single and the 6-5 win.

The second game of the doubleheader was just Saverino's fourth appearance this season and marked her first career start, the game-winning hit was the first base hit of her collegiate career.

The Sea Gulls play next on Wednesday, March 28, hitting the road for the first time in 2018 at Stevenson University for a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m.

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