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BY MARK DAVIS
The No. 11 Salisbury softball team snatched two 8-0 victories over Clarkson and TCNJ in the SU invitational Sunday afternoon.
Salisbury came out fast with four straight runs in the first inning against Clarkson. Leading the hitting was senior Molly Simpson who had an early homer that also brought sophomore LeAnne Collins in for a score.
Later in the inning, senior Kim Dorsey’s single advanced her to second base and brought seniors Annah Brittingham and Paige Knussman in for two more runs giving the Sea Gulls the lead in the top of the first inning.
Simpson stepped back up to the plate at the top of the second earning a single, which helped bring Collins home for her second score of the game. Salisbury went on to score two more runs in the inning giving both Simpson and Brittingham another score on the board.
Brittingham’s pitching helped shutout Clarkson throughout the day, and did not allow a Clarkson hit.
“The only reason I do good is because I know I got a strong defense behind me, and that’s what is key,” Brittingham said.
Simpson finished the fourth inning with another run and the game was over after five innings due to the Gulls being up by eight runs. Simpson ended her day with three runs, three hits and three RBI’s.
“I don’t do anything special, I just do what I have to do,” Simpson said.
In the second contest against TCNJ, the Sea Gulls got the same 8-0 outcome as they did in the previous match.
Brittingham pitched a no hitter in the first three innings, while the Sea Gulls offense got an early homer from Knussman in the bottom of the first that also brought Collins in to score.
Dorsey had two runs and two RBI’s, giving Salisbury its second victory of the day.
“I think I was seeing the ball very well, and the people on base I just wanted to bring them in,” Dorsey said.
The dominating victories came mostly from the pitching mound in the eyes of Sea Gulls’ Head Coach Margie Knight. She gives credit to the pitching staff and the hard work her players have put in through practice and previous games this year.
“We went from walking 6-8 (players) a game to zero, our pitchers stayed in control and they got ahead in the count,” Knight said.
The softball team had three homers Sunday in the two wins, bringing the season total to nine.
Salisbury returns to action March 11, taking on New Paltz State in the Sea Gull Classic Tournament.