Barca's walk-off sends Cortland State by Salisbury in championship semifinal
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. -- Junior Briana Barca’s two-run double capped a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as Cortland State took down top-ranked Salisbury 7-6 to advance to the championship round of the Division III championship.
Cortland entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 6-2 versus Salisbury first-team All-America pitcher Rachel Johnson. The Red Dragons -- who scored twice in the seventh to beat Salisbury 2-1 in the first game of the series -- started their comeback with an Alicia Hibbard walk. Cassie Kardias singled up the middle to move pinch-runner Makaylee Dowd to second. Nicole Gallo doubled to left-center to score Dowd.
Erin Wolstenholme was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Courtney Kadish hit a ball that went through the short stop’s legs to plate two runs to cut the Salisbury lead to 6-5. Barca followed with her walk-off double to left-center to drive in Wolstenholme and Kadish for the tying and winning runs.
Tiffany Sampere earned the win after entering the game in the top of the seventh and allowing only one hit and no runs. Amber Corrigan pitched the first 5.1 innings and allowed eight hits, four walks and five runs. Sarah Salamone pitched 0.2 innings.
Barca finished 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs and Kardias was 3-for-4. Hibbard finished 2-for-2 with two walks, Lucia Meola was 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and Kadish went 2-for-4 with an RBI.
For Salisbury (42-4), Sarah Alpaugh went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Harley Hill was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Kathryn Larson gave up five hits but only one run in the first two innings. Johnson, who had pitched six innings earlier in the day in a win against Texas-Tyler, gave up eight hits, three walks and six runs (five earned) in four-plus innings versus the Red Dragons.
Salisbury had broken a 2-2 game with four runs in the top of the sixth inning. Hill singled in a run, Hannah Mills walked to force in a run, Paige Knussman singled in a run and Lindsay McCabe walked to bring in the Sea Gulls' final run.
Salisbury led 1-0 in the first on a Michelle Gravdahl RBI double, but Cortland tied the game in the second on a Meola RBI single. The Sea Gulls regained the lead in the top of the third when Katie Sebbane was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Cortland tied the game in the bottom of the frame on a Wolstenholme RBI ground out.