SALISBURY, Md. – The fifth-ranked Salisbury University softball team completed the three-day sweep of the annual home tournament with a pair of shutouts over the Lynchburg Hornets on Monday. Salisbury opened the doubleheader with a 1-0 pitcher-duel victory and wrapped the day with a 5-0 win in the weekend finale over Lynchburg.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1
- Both teams combined for six hits in Game 1.
- Salisbury got two-out magic in the bottom of the fourth inning. Maddison Lednum reached base on a single through the left side of the infield before Lauren Meyers brought her home on a double to left-center field for the only run of the contest.
HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 2
- It didn't take as long in the nightcap for Salisbury to get a run across. Abby Mace led off the game with a single to center field. Meghan Reed followed with a sacrifice bunt that Mace scored all the way from first base as Lynchburg threw the ball away trying to get Mace out at third base.
- Lynchburg got a runner in scoring position in the second inning but Lindsey Windsor worked out of the jam with a 1-6-3 groundout to end the threat.
- Lednum led off the bottom of the third with a single to right field. After a sacrifice bunt by Meyers, Natalie Paoli roped a double to the right-center gap to score BK Hewitt to double-up the SU lead.
- Lynchburg made a pitching change after the Paoli RBI and Madeira Alexander took Kaleigh Hackett's first pitch over the center-field fence with a two-run bomb to put Salisbury up 4-0 after three innings.
- The Hornets got two runners in scoring position with one out in the fourth inning but Windsor forced back-to-back groundouts to end the inning unscathed.
- Salisbury added insurance in the sixth inning with an RBI triple to center field by Lednum to plate Raegan Smith to push the SU advantage up to 5-0.
- Alyssa Taylor replaced Windsor with an out in the seventh and shut down the Hornets with a strikeout and a lineout.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Savannah Sheats pitched a two-hut shutout in the opener. She struck out nine Hornets to tie a career-high. Sheats faced only two batters over the minimum.
- Lindsey Windsor and Alyssa Taylor teamed up to four-hit Lynchburg in Game 2. Windsor struck out three and scattered three hits in 6.1 innings. Taylor finished up the game allowing only a hit and a walk with a strikeout.
- Kaleigh Edwards, Maddison Lednum and Natalie Paoli each totaled three hits in the doubleheader. Paoli notched two doubles on the day. Lednum hit her first triple of the season.
- Madeira Alexander ripped her first home run of the season with the two-run shot in Game Two.
- Salisbury continues its homestand on Friday, March 19 with a doubleheader with the Immaculata Mighty Macs.
- The games are set to begin at 2:30 p.m.