SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team opened the 2019 season on a breezy Friday afternoon at Sea Gull Softball Stadium, picking up a doubleheader sweep against the University of Rochester.
Game 1: Salisbury 8, Rochester 6
The Yellowjackets struck first in the opening game, scoring three in the top of the first inning against freshman starting pitcher Jillian Jones.
Salisbury answered in the bottom of the second, scoring four times, getting help from the gusting wind on two run-scoring plays. After a line drive by Cat Ramagnano brought home the first run, the Sea Gulls brought home another on a ball to right field off the bat of Dakotah Fraley that was knocked down by the wind, dropping in front of the sliding attempt by Rochester right fielder Jen Carson. The ball skipped toward the corner, scoring Francesca Cuttitta.
The next batter, Jones, lifted a ball to left field, and the wind carried it all the way to the fence for a double, bringing home a pair of runs for a 4-3 Salisbury lead.
The teams traded runs before two Rochester runs made it a 6-5 game in the Yellowjackets' favor, but the Sea Gulls had one strong inning left, scoring three times in the sixth.
Emily Allen's triple to right field – the only ball hit over a right fielder's head on the day due to the strong wind – brought home Fraley to tie the game and an RBI single by junior Kaleigh Edwards put Salisbury ahead for good.
Fraley and Cuttitta each went 2-for-3 in the game while Edwards was 2-for-4. Jones went the distance in her collegiate debut, registering a pair of strikeouts to earn the win.
Game 2: Salisbury 11, Rochester 3 (5 inn.)
The Salisbury bats got things going early in the second game, scoring three times in the first and adding seven more runs in the second inning. Allen drove in two with a single down the right field line in the first and added a two-run single up the middle in the second inning. She drove in five runs during the doubleheader.
The Sea Gulls (2-0) finished off their scoring in the third inning, with a Madeira Alexander double to left field, allowing Fraley to score for an 11-1 lead. The extra run proved to be the difference allowing the game to end after five innings, with the Yellowjackets (0-2) scoring twice in the top of the fifth.
Rochester put together four hits against Salisbury starter Alexis Layton, but the junior struck out three in the contest to pick up her first win of the year.
Fraley was 3-for-3 in the second game, scoring three times and driving in a pair while Jones and Allen each had a pair of hits.
The teams will be back in action on Sunday. Salisbury and Rochester face off at 10 a.m., before Rochester will take on No. 18 The College of New Jersey at noon. Salisbury and TCNJ tangle at 2 p.m., to close out the weekend.