Anderson Totals Three Hits In DH
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting #18 Salisbury swept a pair of non-conference softball games from host Washington College this afternoon at Washington College Softball Field. The Sea Gulls (29-5) downed the Shorewomen (15-14) in game one, 10-1, and in game two, 5-0.
In game one, the Shorewomen scored in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore Lauren Dockrill (San Diego, CA/Cathedral Catholic) singled to left field with two outs and plated freshman Christine Anderson (Palmer Lake, CO/Lewis-Palmer). The Sea Gulls tied it in the top of the second inning when Hannah Mills singled up the middle with no outs to drive home Erika Brittingham.
Salisbury took the lead for good in the top of the third inning at 2-1 when Chelsea Brooks touched home on a two-out single through the left side by Michelle Gravdahl. The Sea Gulls added three two out runs in the top of the fourth to take a 5-1 lead. Brooks doubled to left to drive in Casey Zaino to make it 3-1. The next batter, Harley Hill singled through the right side to plate Brooks and gave Salisbury a three-run lead. The scoring was capped by a bases loaded walk to Rachel Johnson that scored Hill and made it 5-1.
The Sea Gulls added one run in the top of the fifth and four runs in the top of the seventh to provide the final margin in the opener.
At the plate, Brooks was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, while Johnson drove in a game-high four runs, three of which came on a bases clearing double to right-center in the seventh. Sarah Alpaugh and Gravdahl both had two hits, while Hill scored twice. Salisbury had 12 hits in the first game. In the circle, Johnson got the win in relief and improves to 12-2 as she tossed the final five innings and did not give up a run. She allowed just one hit and struck out five.
For Washington, Anderson had two hits for the hosts as WC had four total hits. Pitching wise, senior pitcher Jill Piasecki (Galena, MD/Kent County) took the loss and falls to 6-4 as she lasted just 3 2/3 innings.
In game two, Salisbury took the lead for good in the top of the fourth as Carly Read deposited a two-out single to center and that chased home Lindsay McCabe. Washington had a golden chance to tie it in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on second and two away, but Alpaugh made a sliding catch in right-center off the bat of sophomore Kylie Nottingham (Ocean City, MD/Stephen Decatur) to end the inning and prevent the Shorewomen from tying the ballgame.
In the top of the seventh, Salisbury salted the game away with four runs. With one out, Mills singled to right field that scored Alpaugh from second and made it 2-0. With two outs, McCabe doubled to right to score both Gravdahl and Mills to increase the lead to 4-0 and McCabe scored on a Brooks single to center to make it 5-0 and close out the scoring. Four of the five Salisbury runs in game two came with two outs.
McCabe sparked the offense in game with a 2-for-3 effort with two runs and two RBI. Brooks and Read each went 2-for-3 with an RBI as the Sea Gulls had 11 hits. In the circle, Kathryn Larson got the win to improve to 2-0 as she tossed five innings and gave up just three hits while striking out six. Johnson relieved her for the final two innings and allowed one hit in notching her first save of the season.
For Washington, freshman Kristin Cooper (Georgetown, DE/Sussex Central) took the loss and drops to 7-4. She went the entire way in the loss. The WC offense could only muster four hits in game two.
The Shorewomen return to Centennial Conference action on Saturday afternoon when they host Gettysburg at 1:00 p.m.