SALISBURY, Md. – The longball and strong pitching led the second-ranked Salisbury University softball team to a pair of run-rule victories over the Cortland Red Dragons and the Ursinus Bears on Saturday. Salisbury began the day with a 10-0 win over Cortland before clinching the doubleheader sweep with an emphatic 17-0 victory over Ursinus.
HOW IT HAPPENED – CORTLAND
- Abby Mace led off the game with an infield single. Mace advanced to third on a wild pitch before Lauren Meyers plated her with two-out with a single down the left-field line to open the scoring.
- Two-out magic struck again for Salisbury as Natalie Paoli scored a pair of runs in the third inning on a single to extend the lead to 3-0.
- Salisbury put the run-rule in effect in the fifth inning as the bats exploded for seven runs. The scoring started when Lindsey Windsor scored from third on a throwing error by the catcher. Three batters later, Meghan Reed blooped a single to right to score Maddison Lednum, A sacrifice fly by Emily Stockman and an RBI single by Carrie Jacoby loaded the bases for Mace, who launched a three-run blast to left field to allow SU to walk-off winners.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES VS. CORTLAND
- Abby Mace and Natalie Paoli both went 2-for-3. Mace hit a home run, scored twice and drove in three runs. Paoli recorded a pair of RBIs.
- Lindsey Windsor and Maddison Lednum each crossed the plate twice.
- Windsor (W, 10-0) struck out six and only allowed two hits to collect her 10th win of the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED – URSINUS
- Abby Mace started the game the same way she ended it with a lead-off home run in the top of the first. Lindsey Windsor followed with back-to-back homers with another blast to left. After Natalie Paoli walked later in the inning, Carrie Jacoby cracked a two-run bomb to left-center to give Salisbury the early 4-0 lead.
- The Sea Gulls added two runs in the second inning when Windsor scored from third after Maddison Lednum legged out an infield single. Two batters later, Paoli knocked a single to left to score Lednum.
- Sydney Duplissey smacked her first collegiate home run with a solo shot to left in the third. Two batters later, Windsor sent her second ball over the fence with a two-run blast to center field to push Salisbury's lead to 9-0.
- After the bases were loaded in the fourth, Duplissey sent the first pitch she saw over the left-field fence for a grand slam.
- A pair of firsts highlighted the fifth inning for Salisbury. Taylor Scott recorded her first hit and RBI with and single to left that scored Lednum followed by Emily Challender hitting her first career homer on a three-run home run that rang off the left-field foul pole.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES VS> URSINUS
- Salisbury hit seven home runs as a team to tie a program record for most homers in one game. The mark was set against Virginia Wesleyan on April 17, 2007.
- Sydney Duplissey and Lindsey Windsor went yard twice in the game. Duplissey also added a career-high five RBIs in her first career multi-hit game.
- Every starter reached base for Salisbury with eight tallying at least one hit.
- Abby Mace, Carrie Jacoby and Emily Challender each hit a home run in the win. Mace now totals 26 home runs in her career to move to tenth in program history.
- Maddison Lednum went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
- Savannah Sheats (W, 9-1) went three innings and struck out three.
- Lacey Bateman and Nicole Ortega each struck out a batter in an inning of work.
- Salisbury concludes the weekend series on Sunday with Ursinus and Cortland.
- The Sea Gulls begin the day with Cortland at 1 p.m. at Sea Gull Softball Stadium.
Salisbury University is a proud member of NCAA Division III with primary membership in the Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference, along with the New Jersey Athletic Conference for football and the Metropolitan Swimming and Diving Conference for men's and women's swimming. With over 500 student-athletes in 21 varsity sports, SU is recognized as one of the most competitive intercollegiate athletics programs regardless of division, and dedicated coaches and staff that foster excellence on-and-off the field. The Sea Gulls have celebrated 22 team national championships, 24 individual national champions, 186 conference championships and 41 Academic All-Americans.
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