Spartans Can't Overcome Sea Gulls as Salisbury Wins 14th Straight Title
SALISBURY, MD – The Salisbury University Sea Gull softball squad won their 14th consecutive Capital Athletic Conference championship as they downed the York College Spartans 5-2 in championship game on Sunday in Salisbury, Maryland.
The Sea Gulls, winners of 29 straight, improve to 29-2 while the Spartans, who are now 0-4 against Salisbury this season, fall to 33-8 for the season.
The Sea Gulls opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the third. Some shoddy Spartan defense played a key role in the Sea Gull uprising. An error on a sacrifice bunt led to two of the three runs in the frame being unearned.
York got one of those runs back in the fourth as Kelly Smith (Riverdale, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) singled through the left side with two outs. Sophomore Britt Schlorff (Hatboro, Pa./Hatboro Horsham) doubled to left center, ending a 16-inning scoreless streak against the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury responded with two more runs to take the 5-1 lead through four innings of play.
The Spartans added one run in the top of the seventh as Sam Lawrence (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty) doubled with one, moved to third on a Hannah Hugel (Paoli, Pa./Conestoga) single to short and scored on a Michelle Barwick (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) RBI fielder's choice.
Kelly Leary improved to 16-0 overall as she allowed two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and three walks in her seven innings. Brittany Therres (Hughesville, Md./Thomas Stone) suffered the loss as she allowed three runs, just one earned, on seven hits in her five innings of work. Therres falls to 24-5 for the year. Freshman Corrine Majczan (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) tossed the fourth inning, allowing two runs on three hits in her one inning stint.
Ali Ritter led the Salisbury offense as she was 2-for-3 with two RBI. Brittany Lounge added two hits, two RBI and a run scored while Michelle Gravhadl added two knocks for the Gulls. Kelly Waskewicz added a hit, two runs scored and an RBI.
Schlorff was 1-for-3 with her RBI double while Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
The Spartans conclude their 2010 season next weekend as they have a pair of doubleheaders. York travels to Shenandoah on Saturday and then concludes the season with a doubleheader at home against Misericordia.