Rachel Johnson tosses fourth career perfect game in doubleheader sweep
DOVER, Del. -- Salisbury continued to roll, earning a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader sweep at Wesley on Wednesday afternoon. The Sea Gulls claimed the games 10-0 and 6-0 to push the squad's winning streak to 12 games. In the opener, junior Rachel Johnson tossed her fourth career perfect game.
Johnson faced just 15 batters in the five innings of work, retiring all of them, with 11 strikeouts. Johnson, who was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Pitcher of the Week on Wednesday, struck out the first seven Wolverines before a ball was put in play.
The only ball to leave the infield for Wesley was a leadoff fly out to center field in the bottom of the fifth inning, off the bat of Nina Marcano. It is the fifth no-hitter of the season that Johnson has been a part of.
The Salisbury offense staked Johnson to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first inning. Senior Angelia McDowell got on with a one-out Wesley error before advancing to second on a single by sophomore Kim Dorsey. McDowell was driven home by a single off the bat of sophomore Paige Knussman and classmate Katie Sebbane sent Dorsey and Knussman home with her double for a 3-0 lead.
Knussman drove in Harley Hill in the third to stretch the lead to 4-0 after Hill reached on a one-out single. Hill was 3-for-4 in the first game with a pair of runs driven in.
Sophomore Molly Simpson, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI, singled to score Angela Malgieri and Simpson would come around on Hill's single two batters later.
The Sea Gulls added the final four runs in the top of the fourth inning, highlighted by Simpson's two-run double, which scored Bridgette Vogan and Caitlin Lake.
In the nightcap, Salisbury (27-1, 7-1 CAC) posted all the offense it would need in the first two innings.
In the top of the first, the Sea Gulls loaded the bases on a walk, a Wesley error and a single from Knussman. Sebbane gave the Gulls a 2-0 lead when her single plated McDowell and Dorsey.
Simpson came up with her second double of the day, sending home Molly Gigioli and Sebbane for the 4-0 advantage.
In the second, junior Rebecca Hoey singled to score Hill and Knussman for the 6-0 lead. Hoey, who called her fifth no-hitter of the season behind the plate in the first game, guided Salisbury pitchers Kathryn Larson and Ashley Lesniewski to another shutout in the second game.
Larson worked the first six innings, scattering three hits while striking out seven Wolverines (13-13, 1-7 CAC). She only allowed three runners to reach scoring position, and none advanced past second base. Lesniewski gave up two hits, but struck out one, working the final inning.