No. 2 Softball opens C2C play with doubleheader sweep on Senior Day

No. 2 Softball opens C2C play with doubleheader sweep on Senior Day

SALISBURY, Md. ­– The second-ranked Salisbury University softball team celebrated their seniors with a doubleheader sweep of Coast-to-Coast Athletic Conference (C2C) rivals Mary Washington. The Sea Gulls shut out the Eagles in both games, winning the opener 1-0 and the nightcap 6-0.




HOW IT HAPPENED – GAME 1           

  • Salisbury threatened in the bottom of the first after Abby Mace and Lindsey Windsor both reached based to start the inning. Mace was thrown out trying to steal third and Windsor was stranded after a strikeout and groundout to end the inning.
  • Natalie Paoli led off the bottom of the second with a sharp single into right field. After she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a ground ball, Paoli scored on a wild pitch with two outs to give SU a 1-0 lead.
  • That would be all the Sea Gulls needed as Savannah Sheats and Windsor combined for seven shutout innings to finish off the 1-0 win.


  • Savannah Sheats (12-1) and Lindsey Windsor combined for a shutout in the circle. Sheats earned the win after she struck out four and surrendered only three hits over four innings of work. Windsor earned the save after closing out the final three frames with three strikeouts only one hit allowed.
  • Natalie Paoli went 1-for-3 at the plate and scored the lone run in the contest.
  • Windsor, Carrie Jacoby and Carly Galbraith each recorded a hit in the pitching duel.


  • Caitlyn Burch (11-8) took the tough-luck loss after allowing just one run on four hits in six innings.
  • Emma Schieda went 2-for-3 at the plate for two of the Eagles' four hits in the game.


  • With two out in the bottom of the first, Natalie Paoli singled into left field and stole second to get into scoring position. Lauren Meyers roped double into right center to score Paoli and give the Sea Gulls the early 1-0 lead.
  • After a 1-2-3 top of the second, the Sea Gulls struck again in the bottom half of the frame. With two out and two on, Abby Mace singled to right field to score Taylor Scott and extend the lead to 2-0.
  • With two outs and a runner on second in the bottom of the fourth, Mace stepped up to the plate and smacked a deep home run over the center field fence for her second and third RBIs of the day and make it 4-0.
  • Sydney Duplissey followed suit in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run homer of her own to make it 6-0.
  • Salisbury starter Nicole Ortega flirted with a no-hitter, getting through 6.2 innings and pushing the would-be final batter to a 1-2 count, but Caroline Bird fought off multiple two-strike foul balls and singled to left to break up the no-no. Emma Schieda followed with another single to put two on, but Ortega got Nya Lloyd to line out softly to second to finish off the day's second clean sheet.


  • Nicole Ortega (5-1) threw a complete game two-hit shutout. She struck out six and walked none in just 72 pitches, coming within one strike of a no-hitter.
  • Abby Mace paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with her 10th home run of the season and three RBIs.
  • Sydney Duplissey made it a Senior Day to remember with a two-run homer in the sixth, driving in fellow senior Francesca Cuttitta with the blast.
  • Lauren Meyers and Ellen Stockman each hit a double.
  • The two shutouts give the Sea Gulls 15 clean sheets for the season. SU's team ERA stands at a mere 1.03.
  • Salisbury improves to 22-0 at home this season and has won 48 consecutive home games dating back to Feb. 29, 2020.


  • The Sea Gulls will host their final home games of the regular season against the Catholic Cardinals on Wednesday.
  • The non-conference doubleheader is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with coverage on the Sea Gull Sports Network (SGSN) beginning at 2:45 p.m.

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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