SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team closed out its opening weekend of play by splitting a pair of contests, falling to the University of Rochester before topping No. 18 The College of New Jersey.
Rochester 3, Salisbury 0
The Salisbury bats had trouble getting going against Rochester starting pitcher Elizabeth Bourne, who went the distance for the win, allowing just four hits for the Sea Gulls in the game.
The Yellowjackets (1-3) were able to get on the scoreboard in the first inning, scoring a run on a solo home run by Alizah Ayon. It was the only run Salisbury starter Jillian Jones allowed until the fifth inning, when Rochester struck for two more.
Jones accounted for two of Salisbury's hits offensively, including a one-out double in the first inning, but she was stranded on base both times. Salisbury got just four runners into scoring position in the game.
Salisbury 6, Salisbury 5
Salisbury (3-1) found itself in an early hole with the Lions (1-1) scoring twice in the first inning off starting pitcher Alexis Layton, but the Salisbury batters rallied for their pitcher, scoring five times in the home half of the first inning on five hits.
After a Dakotah Fraley walk to get things going, Jones singled and Madeira Alexander drove in the first run with an infield single. Another infield hit, this time off the bat of Kaleigh Edwards, scored the tying run.
TCNJ answered with a run in the second and Salisbury scored its sixth run in the bottom of the third. With Mumford on second base and one out, Lilly Wingo dropped a bunt down the first base line. First baseman Alanna Namit picked up the ball and tagged Wingo, but Mumford came racing around third base and was awarded home on an obstruction call against the TCNJ defense with two players standing in the baseline, giving Salisbury a 6-3 lead.
The score held until the top of the sixth when the Lions scored twice. Layton escaped the frame, but gave up a hit to the first batter of the top of the seventh, which ended her day after six-plus innings with a pair of strikeouts. Jones came on in relief and saw the potential tying run reach third base with two outs before snaring a sharp line drive right back at her to end the game, securing the victory and her first collegiate save.
Jones was 2-for-4 at the plate in the contest while Allen went 3-for-4.
The Sea Gulls hit the road for the first time next weekend, traveling to the Grand Slam Triangle Classic in North Carolina on February 23 and 24. On the first day of competition, Salisbury will play McDaniel College and Greensboro College.