Softball opens CAC tournament with games against York, Mary Washington on Friday

Softball opens CAC tournament with games against York, Mary Washington on Friday

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team hosts a three-team pod in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament at Sea Gull Softball Stadium on Friday and Saturday, hosting the University of Mary Washington and York College of Pennsylvania.

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Friday's Schedule

Salisbury will face Mary Washington at noon on Friday, before York and Mary Washington square off at 2 p.m., while Salisbury and York complete the day's action against each other beginning at 4 p.m.

How We Got Here

The Sea Gulls (24-10) went 11-3 in CAC play to earn the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, earning the team the right to host this weekend. After dropping three of their first four conference games, the Sea Gulls rattled off 10-straight CAC wins, six of which ended after just five innings.

How They Got Here

The Spartans (24-13-1) finished in the third spot in the CAC standings going 9-5 in league play in 2018. York won its final two CAC games of the year, sweeping a doubleheader at Wesley College last Saturday by scores of 8-0 and 1-0. The Eagles (16-21-1) ended up as the No. 5 seed for the tournament by way of a 5-8-1 record in CAC play this year. Mary Washington swept its final CAC twinbill against Southern Virginia University with wins of 10-0 and 5-1, those wins snapped a late-season seven-game losing skid.

Season Series

Salisbury went 3-1 against its two visitors this weekend, having swept its doubleheader against York, while splitting with Mary Washington. Against the Eagles, on March 31 the Sea Gulls earned a 4-3 win, claiming the CAC-opening victory in walk-off fashion. The Eagles tied the game in the top of the seventh, but Madeira Alexander's groundout allowed LeAnne Collins to score the game winner. Mary Washington claimed the second game by a 5-2 mark, putting up all five runs in the final two innings.

The Spartans came to Salisbury just a week ago with Salisbury claiming the sweep with a pair of five-inning games. The Sea Gulls scored 24 runs over the two games, winning 14-6 and 10-1, getting four hits each from Collins, Dakotah Fraley, Kristen Yanarella on the day. Shannon Powell earned the win in the circle in both games, allowing just 10 hits over 7 2/3 innings.

Home cooking

Salisbury is quite comfortable in its own facility, having played 28 of its 34 games this year at home. The Sea Gulls began the year with 22 consecutive home contests, Salisbury is 20-8 in home games this year, having won its last six games on home turf.

In the CAC tournament, Salisbury has been unstoppable at home, having won 51 straight home CAC playoff games dating back to the 1996 season.

Up Next

If one team is eliminated on Friday, the two remaining teams will play at 10 a.m., on Saturday, April 28 with the undefeated team needing just one win to advance to the CAC championship weekend, while the team with one loss entering Saturday would need to win twice. If all three teams go 1-1 on Friday, York and Mary Washington will face off at 10 a.m., on Saturday with the winner taking on Salisbury at noon with that game's winner advancing.

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