SALISBURY, MD – In a battle of Capital Athletic Conference Softball Tournament unbeatens on Saturday morning, the tenth ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls downed the York College Spartans 5-0 in the third round of the tournament. The Sea Gulls now advance to Sunday's championship series while the Spartans must play Stevenson in an elimination game later on Saturday afternoon.
After the Spartans got two runners on with one out in the first and failed to score, the Sea Gulls struck for a single run in the bottom of the first courtesy of an Ali Ritter RBI single.
The Spartans again threatened in the fourth only to be kept off the board as they left two more runners stranded. Salisbury pushed the lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the frame with the help of a pair of Spartan errors.
Salisbury blew the game open in the fifth as they posted three runs to take a 5-0 lead. Ritter picking up a two-run double and a Michelle Gravhadl banging out an RBI single. The five run lead would prove to be too much for the Spartans to overcome.
Kelly Leary picked up the shutout win as she scattered three hits in her seven innings. She struck out eight and walked one as she improves to 15-0.
Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) absorbed the loss as she allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks in four-plus innings of work. Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) came out of the pen and allowed two runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk.
Ali Ritter was 2-for-3 with three RBI while Gravhadl was 1-for2-1 with an RBI. Casey Zaino had the Sea Gulls final RBI for the day.
The Spartans now square off against Stevenson in an elimination game on Saturday at 4:00 pm. The winner of that contest will play Salisbury on Sunday having to sweep the Sea Gulls in two games to prevent the hosts from winning the CAC title and the NCAA Tournament automatic bid.