SALISBURY, MD – The nationally ranked Salisbury University Sea Gull softball squad downed the York College Spartans in the Capital Athletic Conference finale for both squads. The Sea Gulls won game one 8-0 in six innings and completed the sweep with a 9-1 win in five innings in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Gulls jumped on York for a three-spot in the bottom of the first inning. Salisbury was held scoreless in the next three innings before exploding for four runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to close out the game.
The only drama in the remainder of game one was whether the Spartans were going to collect a hit. Junior Cory Urkuski broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the top of the sixth inning.
Erika Brittingham earned the win as she allowed the one hit in her six innings of work. She struck out five and did not walk a batter as she improves to 16-3 overall. York's Brittany Therres took the loss as she allowed seven runs, four earned, on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
The Gulls had three players record multiple hits led by Lindsay McCabe who went 2-for-3 with three RBI. Michelle Gravdahl went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. Sarah Alpaugh added two hits and two runs scored.
Urkuski was York's lone base runner in the game.
In game two, the Sea Gulls got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the second. The Spartans finally broke through in the fourth as Urkuski ripped a two-out RBI double to left to score Therres who had reached earlier in the inning on a fielder's choice.
The Sea Gulls ended the game in the fifth courtesy of a seven-run inning.
Rachel Johnson earned the victory in the circle as she allowed one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk in her five innings of work. She improves to 13-2 with the victory.
Therres took the loss as she allowed seven runs on 11 hits in her four innings of action. She now stands at 10-11 for the campaign.
Alpaugh paced the Salisbury offense, as she was 3-for-4 with one run scored and an RBI. Harley Hill was 2-for-3 with a run scored from the lead off spot while Hannah Mills added two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Junior Hannah Hugel had two hits for York while Urkuski had the Spartans' lone RBI and lone extra base hit.
The Spartans begin the 2012 Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Tuesday with a trip to Frostburg State University for an opening round tilt. The Bobcats are the tournament's three seed while York is the fourth seed. First pitch from Frostburg, MD is set for 3:30 pm.