April 2, 2011

Spartans Drop a Pair to 16th Ranked Salisbury

YORK, PA – The 16th ranked Salisbury University Sea Gulls swept the York College Spartan softball squad in a Capital Athletic Conference double header on Saturday afternoon in York. The Sea Gulls won game one 9-0 in six innings and then captured the nightcap 4-3.

The Sea Gulls improve to 23-4 overall and 10-0 in the CAC while the Spartans fall to 15-8 overall and 4-3 in the league.

In game one, the Sea Gulls reached Spartan starter Brittany Therres for a pair of runs in the top of the second. A pair of Spartan errors aided greatly to the Sea Gull uprising as a bad throw on a sacrifice bunt and a muffed throw at second gave the Sea Gulls a pair of extra outs.

Salisbury extended the lead to 4-0 courtesy of a two run homer to left center from Carly Read with one out in the top of the fourth.

That would be more than enough for Sea Gull starter Erika Brittingham as she did not allow a Spartan hit until senior Michelle Barwick banged a single to right field with two outs in the bottom of the fourth.

Salisbury added two more runs in the fifth as the lead grew to 6-0. The Sea Gulls then closed out the scoring with three in the top of the six to provide for the final 9-0 score.

Brittingham was outstanding for the Gulls as she tossed a two-hit shutout to improve to 15-3 for the year. She struck out ten and did not walk any during her outstanding stint.

Therres absorbed the loss as she allowed four runs, three earned, in 3.2 innings of work. She allowed six hits with one strikeout and no walks as she falls to 8-5 for the year. Freshman Chelsea Bock threw 2.1 innings and allowed five runs on six hits with four walks and a strikeout.

Casey Zaino led the Salisbury offense as she was 3-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored. Read added two hits, three RBI and a run scored, while Lindsay McCabe had two hits and a trio of runs scored.

Barwick and Hannah Hugel each had singles for the Spartans.

Game two saw the Sea Gulls manufacture a run in the top of the third to open the scoring.  Kristin Lord doubled to left to start the frame. She was sacrificed to third and scored on a Sarah Alpaugh sacrifice fly to right as the Gulls took the 1-0 lead.

Salisbury extended the lead with two runs in the fourth. The Spartans aided the Sea Gulls by committing errors on the first two batters of the inning, which led to both runs being unearned in the frame.

The Spartans got on board in the fifth as senior Karen Carr and junior Meghan Boyer had back-to-back singles to open the frame. A bunt moved pinch runner Brittany Alvarado to second as the Spartans had a pair of runners in scoring position with just one out. York got a run when Therres lifted a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Carr, cutting the Spartan deficit to 3-1. The Spartans couldn't get home Alvarado as the Green and White left two runners stranded.

The Sea Gulls picked up a huge run in the sixth courtesy of a Harley Hill RBI single with two outs in the inning.

Hill's hit turned out to be the game-winner as York's Carr jacked a two-run shot to left center field in the bottom of the inning, drawing the Spartans to within one at 4-3.

Brittingham came on in the bottom of the sixth to retire the Spartans then set down York in the seventh to earn the save.

Kelly Leary earned the victory for Salisbury as she allowed three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings of work. She also struck out four and did not walk a batter as she improves to 8-1. Brittingham set down all four of the Spartans she faced for the save.

Therres suffered the loss as she allowed four runs, just two earned, on six hits with two strikeouts and a pair of walks. Bock pitched the final 1.1 innings, allowing just a single to the Gulls.

Lord paced the Salisbury offense with three hits, two RBI and a run scored. Alpaugh and Hill each had a hit and an RBI.

Carr led the Spartans, as she was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Therres had the other Spartan RBI with her first sacrifice fly of the year.

The Spartans return to action on Sunday when they travel to Stevenson to face the Mustangs in a make up game from Thursday afternoon. Game time for the single contest is set for 1:35 in Owings Mills, Md.

Photo: Catcher Jill Martin makes a play on a Salisbury bunt attempt. Photo courtesy of Theresa Dark, Athletic Communications Practicum Student

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