FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University softball team closed out regular season play with a doubleheader sweep at Frostburg State University on Monday, sealing the No. 3 seed in the upcoming CAC tournament with a sweep of the Bobcats.
Game 1: Salisbury 6, Frostburg St. 4 (9 inn.)
A solo home run by Frostburg's Amber Keene in the second inning was the only run of the first four innings of the game. Salisbury starter Shannon Powell and Frostburg's Katelyn Mehrling went the distance in the extra-inning affair.
The Sea Gulls got to Mehrling in the top of the fifth inning, bringing home two runs on two hits. A single by Cat Ramagnano and a double by Dakotah Fraley got the inning started. A wild pitch allowed Ramagnano to score and Fraley came home on a groundout to give Salisbury the lead.
The Bobcats tied the game on an unearned run in the sixth before solo home runs from Fraley and Trotter put Salisbury ahead by two. However, the long ball kept the game going with a two-run shot for Frostburg in the home half of the inning.
It took two extra frames before Salisbury broke through with the game-winning runs, as a fielding error allowed Trotter and Jillian Jones to score for the 6-4 win.
Fraley and Jones each finished with three hits while Trotter had a pair.
Game 2: Salisbury 11, Frostburg St. 7 (6 inn.)
The nightcap turned into exactly that, eventually called due to darkness after six innings. The teams traded early runs, but it was an eight-run fourth inning for Salisbury (24-11, 8-4 CAC) that separated the two teams.
Fraley drove in Alissa Saverino in the second inning before the Bobcats (16-18, 5-7 CAC) drew even in the bottom of the inning, but a two-run single by Kendall Dixon in the top of the third gave Salisbury the lead for good.
The lead was cut to 3-2 in the bottom of the third before Salisbury exploded for eight runs in the fourth, using five hits in the inning to do the damage.
A two-run double by Jones started the scoring in the inning while freshman Breann Smith picked up her first collegiate RBI later in the inning with a walk and classmate B.K. Hewitt got her first collegiate hit, driving in two runs with a double to left-center field to cap the inning's scoring.
The Bobcats got two in the fourth and scored three times in the fifth, but Salisbury starting pitcher Alexis Layton was able to hold off the hosts to earn her fifth win of the year.
The Sea Gulls had a dozen hits in the game, led by three from Trotter and a pair from Fraley.
As the No. 3 seed, Salisbury will travel to No. 2-seed Christopher Newport University, along with No. 5 seed Frostburg St., for opening weekend action. Salisbury will take on the Bobcats on Friday, April 26, beginning at 2 p.m., and will face the Captains at 4 p.m.