Salisbury edges Frostburg State 1-0 to win 17th consecutive CAC tourney title
SALISBURY, Md. -- No. 3 Salisbury extended its Capital Athletic Conference championship run with a 1-0 victory against Frostburg State University on Saturday afternoon at the SU Softball Field to claim its 17th consecutive league crown and 18th overall.
Salisbury (35-2) entered the day as the only unbeaten team in the double-elimination tournament and ended the tournament in the same fashion as Carly Read's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth plated Katie Sebbane for the only run in the contest.
The Sea Gulls had plenty of chances early on, including an opportunity in the first inning with runners on second and third and just one out, but Bobcats pitcher Mary Ann Moore kept Salisbury in check to escape the inning.
A pitching duel between Moore and Rachel Johnson continued into the fourth as the game remained scoreless before Sebbane led off the bottom of the frame with a double to the gap in left field. Lindsay McCabe laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance Sebbane to third and a long fly ball by Read gave Sebbane enough time to make it to home.
Frostburg St. (29-11) filled the bases in the sixth inning. Vandegrift singled up the middle to lead off the inning before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. With two outs and the bases loaded, Johnson was relieved by Kathryn Larson, who induced a low line drive that Sebbane caught just before it tagged the dirt near third base.
Johnson worked a total of 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and three walks to improve to 22-1. Larson took care of the Bobcats in the top of the seventh to earn her first save.