SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team got back to action after a two-week layoff due to weather cancellations, getting a pair of wins on Saturday, topping Clarkson University and Washington (Md.) College.
Salisbury 10, Clarkson 3
The Sea Gulls pounded out 13 hits in the first game of the day, scoring all 10 of its runs in the first four innings beginning with five in the opening inning.
After the Golden Knights took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run in the top of the first, Salisbury put together three hits, including a two-run double by Emily Allen and a two-run single by Sami Mumford. It was a start to a five-hit day for Allen.
Salisbury added a run in the second and two more in the third before run-scoring singles by Amelia Trotter and Mumford gave the Gulls a 10-2 lead.
The Golden Knights (1-1) scored just one more run, on a solo home run in the top of the fifth. That run came off senior Shannon Powell, who picked up the win, working four innings in relief, allowing four hits in her first appearance of the season.
The defense, behind Powell and starting pitcher Jillian Jones, turned two double plays in the contest.
Salisbury 13, Washington 1 (6 inn.)
In the second game of the day, Salisbury never trailed, but saved its highest run output until the latter innings.
Salisbury (5-1) scored three in the second inning, on just one hit with help from a Washington error. With a 3-1 lead in the third, Allen belted the team's first home run of the year, a solo shot to left field, before the Sea Gulls added three more in the fourth off two hits.
Allen came back to the plate to lead off the fifth and turned on a ball, ripping a line drive home run down the left field line for an 8-1 lead.
Allen, Trotter, Jones, and Madeira Alexander each had an RBI in the sixth inning as Salisbury pushed across five more runs.
The flurry made a winner of Powell again, who worked four innings out of the bullpen, giving up just three hits.
Allen was 3-for-4 in the game with two runs scored and three RBI, while Jones went 2-for-4 driving in a pair in the game.
The Sea Gulls turned two more double plays in the game, not recording an error in either game, capping a stellar defensive day.
The three teams will return to the stadium on Sunday. With the original start times moved up by 30 minutes. The Golden Knights and Shorewomen will start the day at 9:30 a.m., before the Sea Gulls take the field. Salisbury will play Clarkson next, with the day finished off by the Sea Gulls taking on Washington.