CNU
Falin

SALISBURY, Md. -- In an early season showdown between ranked opponents, 11th-ranked Christopher Newport (5-3) came out on top against No. 7 Salisbury (5-3) on Tuesday afternoon. CNU swept the doubleheader on the road, winning the opener 4-3 before capturing the finale 5-1.

In the first game, Christopher Newport starter Melanie Hazelwood scattered three runs over the first four innings before locking down down the Sea Gulls offense for the final three frames. The CNU offense kept Hazelwood close with three runs in the third, but the score was still tied heading into the seventh inning.

Two quick groundouts looked to have CNU on the ropes in the top of the inning, but Jen Falin stepped in and blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to give CNU the 4-3 lead.

Hazelwood closed out the bottom of the inning to earn the complete-game victory. She finished with three strikeouts and seven hits allowed. Offensively, Falin led the way, driving in three of the four runs including the game-winning homer in the final inning while going 2-3 from the plate. Kelley Foate added an RBI and a run scored.

The Captains handed Salisbury All-American senior pitcher Erika Brittingham just her fifth loss since the start of her junior year, with three of them coming to CNU. It was just the seventh loss of her entire career.

In game two, CNU called on Krista Townsend to take the mound and try and complete the doubleheader sweep.

CNU gave Townsend an early lead, with back-to-back doubles from Foate and Chelsea Mitchell to start the game and give CNU a 1-0 advantage.

Townsend looked extremely effective early, allowing just one hit and striking out four in the first three innings of work. Salisbury manufactured a run in the fourth to tie it up at one, with an RBI single from Hannah Mills.

An RBI double from Felicia Price proved to be the eventual game-winner in the top of the sixth, and CNU tacked on three more in the seventh to push the final score to 5-1. Townsend gave way to Whitney Haller to close out the game in the seventh. She gave up a two-out single, but retired Sarah Alpaugh with a groundout for the final out.

Townsend pitched six innings and allowed just four hits and one run. She struck out nine and allowed two walks to pick up her second win of the season. Offensively, CNU got multi-hit games from Foate, Kristina McLaughlin and Sabrina Hill. The 1-5 batters in the lineup combined to go 8-15 with four RBIs and all five runs scored.