DOVER, Del. – The No. 25 Salisbury University softball team earned a doubleheader sweep on Tuesday afternoon at Wesley College, winning both contests in five innings.
Game 1: Salisbury 14, Wesley 5 (5 inn.)
Salisbury started the day right with junior Dakotah Fraley belting a solo home run to open the top of the first inning. The Sea Gulls plated three runs in the first on three hits with Kaleigh Edwards and Kira Konarski also driving in runs in the frame.
The Wolverines came back with four runs in the bottom of the first to take a 4-3 lead, but it lasted only until the third inning and was the only lead of the day for the home team.
The Salisbury bats exploded in the third, coming up with five hits and scoring nine times, sending 13 batters to the plate in the inning.
Madeira Alexander ripped a solo home run near the start of the inning, which was the go-ahead run for a 5-4 lead and later in the inning stepped to the plate and ripped a three-run home run. The two blasts were her first two home runs of the season.
Edwards led the team with a 3-for-3 effort while Alexander, Fraley, and Emily Allen each had a pair of hits.
Senior Shannon Powell picked up the win in the contest for Salisbury, working 3 2/3 innings in relief, surrendering just an unearned run in her time on three hits while striking out two.
Game 2: Salisbury 11, Wesley 4 (5 inn.)
The Sea Gulls (12-7) did not slow down offensively going into the second game, scoring four times in the first inning, highlighted by Alexander's third home run of the day – a two-run shot. Allen and Kendall Dixon each drove in runs in the inning with singles.
The Salisbury defense helped make the four-run lead stand up in the bottom of the first. After a pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Wesley (11-11) in the first inning with no outs, starting pitcher Alexis Layton got a ground ball to Fraley at shortstop to force the first out at home plate and a double play started by Fraley kept Wolverines off the board heading to the second inning.
Jillian Jones drove in a run in the second with an RBI double, scoring Fraley before the Wolverines were able to plate three runs against Layton in the third and another in the fourth to cut the Salisbury lead to 5-4.
The Sea Gulls brought home a few insurance runs in the fifth, with Fraley driving in a run with a double and Jones following with a two-run single. An Alexander triple and an Amelia Trotter single brought home runs to push the lead to 11-4.
Powell, who came on in relief in the second game, picked up her second win of the day, working 2 1/3 shutout innings giving up just three hits before the game was called due to darkness.
Fraley had three hits in the second game while Jones, Alexander, Trotter, and Allen each had a pair.
Salisbury is back at home on Saturday, March 30 hosting Penn State University-Harrisburg for each team's Capital Athletic Conference opener. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 1 p.m.