SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team celebrated its three seniors on Saturday afternoon, prior to its final regular season home doubleheader of the year, then split its games against visiting Southern Virginia University.
Game 1: Salisbury 7, Southern Virginia 3
The Sea Gulls got the scoring started in the opener with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning. After a Southern Virginia error, a single, and a sacrifice bunt, Salisbury had two runners in scoring position. Singles by senior Cat Ramagnano and Dakotah Fraley brought home the first two runs.
The 2-0 score held until the top of the fifth inning, the first time the Knights were able to get to senior starting pitching Shannon Powell, scoring three times on two hits and an error to take a 3-2 lead.
Salisbury tied the game in the home half of the inning, with a solo home run from Kaleigh Edwards squaring the game at 3-3 before four runs came home in the bottom of the sixth on four hits, getting RBI from Madeira Alexander, senior Amelia Trotter, and Kendall Dixon.
Powell did the rest, giving up just seven hits in the game, striking out three to pick up her 16th win of the year.
Fraley, Alexander, Trotter, and Dixon each had two hits in the game.
Game 2: Southern Virginia 4, Salisbury 3
The Knights (10-28, 3-9 CAC) scored first in the second contest, getting a run on two hits and a Salisbury error in the top of the first, but Salisbury (22-11, 6-4 CAC) answered in the second.
The Sea Gulls got just two hits in the second, but used their speed on the base paths and two Southern Virginia errors to score. After reaching on a single, Trotter eventually came home on a throwing error, and Ramagnano scored on a double steal later in the inning for a 2-1 lead.
The defense stood strong for Powell, who got the start in the second game, in the third inning. Trotter robbed Heather Terranova of a home run to begin the inning, pulling the ball back from over the fence. The next batter, Caitlin Barber, hit a line drive to right field, but Sami Mumford came up with the ball quickly and fired to first to force out Barber before she could reach safely.
The teams traded fifth inning runs before the Knights went ahead for good on a two-run home run by Mykayla Johnson in the sixth inning.
The Sea Gulls close out regular season and CAC play on Monday, April 22 with a doubleheader at Frostburg State University, beginning at 3 p.m.