Hill, Gravdahl, Sebbane all homer to carry Salisbury past Mary Washington
SALISBURY, Md. -- Junior first baseman Harley Hill hit an inside-the-park home run in the opening contest between No. 7 Salisbury and Mary Washington as the Sea Gulls went on to sweep the Eagles in Capital Athletic Conference action 7-1 and 9-0 on Saturday.
After jumping out to a three-run lead in the bottom of the first inning, the Sea Gull offense came to a freeze as Mary Washington pitcher Hannah Otterman kept the Gulls off the scoreboard, allowing the Eagles a chance to close the gap.
Mary Washington (9-18, 1-3 CAC) earned a run in the top of the fourth off the bat of Stephanie Asselanis to bring the Eagles within two runs, but that's as close as they got before SU brought home four runs in the sixth inning off four hits.
After the Eagles collected two outs in the sixth, freshman third baseman Katie Sebbane picked up the Sea Gulls momentum as she smoked a solo-shot over the left field fence to give the maroon and gold a 4-1 edge. Senior second baseman Carly Read's patience at the plate resulted in a free pass before pinch hitter Paige Knussman singled up the middle to put two runners on. Hill then sent a hard drive to left field that slipped under the glove of a sliding Hannah Williams and rolled to the left field corner to earn a home run, her first of the season, and plate SU's final three runs 7-1. Hill went 3-for-6 with four RBIs and three runs scored.
Sophomore hurler Rachel Johnson earned the win in the circle with 12 strikeouts and one walk. Johnson did not give up an earned run while scattering seven hits to improve to 13-1.
The Sea Gulls' bats carried into the second game, again scoring three runs in the first inning. Senior center fielder Sarah Alpaugh started off a four-hit inning for the Sea Gulls with a single to right field and then scored off classmate Hannah Mills' single up the middle 1-0. A sacrifice fly by Sebbane plated SU's third run of the inning. Alpaugh went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury (22-2, 4-0 CAC) saw a third Sea Gull homer on the day as senior catcher Michelle Gravdahl hit a three-run blast to left field in the bottom of the third to give SU a 7-0 lead after Alpaugh doubled to the left field gap to earn an RBI, plating junior Angelia McDowell.
Junior pitcher Kathryn Larson picked up her third shutout on the season with four strikeouts on the day and allowing just one Eagle hit.
SU went on to score three additional runs in the third inning to complete its scoring 9-0.
Salisbury has hit eight home runs in its last eight contests.