Salisbury advances at CAC tourney
Brittingham uses bat, arm to lead Sea Gulls past York (Pa.)
SALISBURY, Md. -- No. 17 Salisbury advanced to the third round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament after eliminating York (Pa.) on Thursday afternoon. The Sea Gulls scored four runs off four hits in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie, edging the Spartans 5-1.
Salisbury (33-5) took a 1-0 lead in the second inning off of Casey Zaino's double to left-center field, plating Molly Gigioli, but the Spartans (11-21) evened the score at one a piece, taking advantage of a Sea Gull error in the top of the third scoring Hannah Hugel.
Erika Brittingham gave the Gulls the go-ahead run in the fourth inning, driving a solo shot to center field, her sixth home run of the year.
Hannah Mills and Zaino followed the blast with back-to-back singles putting runners on first and second base. Lindsay McCabe advanced Mills and Zaino with a sacrifice bunt allowing Carly Read a chance to drive in a run with one out.
Read did just that with a hard shot to York first baseman Sara Thacker. Thacker attempted to look Mills back at third base, but as she was about to tag first base for the out Mills broke for home, sliding in to avoid the tag of Spartan catcher Rachel Klein putting an additional run on the scoreboard and give Salsibury a 3-1 advantage.
The Sea Gulls last two runs came off the bat of Harley Hill, who led the team with with two RBIs.
Brittingham (18-3) worked all seven innings for Salisbury, allowing one run on two hits while striking out nine Spartan batters. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate, adding a run and a RBI.