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Salisbury opens season with two wins

No. 3 Salisbury 11, Neumann 0
No. 3 Salisbury 3, N.C. Wesleyan 1

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- Salisbury opened the 2014 season with a pair of wins at the Triangle Classic, defeating Neumann 11-0 in five innings, and taking down North Carolina Wesleyan 3-1.

In the opening contest, the Sea Gulls got on the board early as senior Harley Hill opened the Sea Gulls' half of the first inning with a double before behind sacrificed to third base. Sophomore infielder Kim Dorsey stepped to the plate and started the offensive outburst, with a two-run home run; the first of her two homers on the day.

The two runs were plenty for the Salisbury pitching staff as junior Rachel Johnson faced just 14 batters in four inning of work, recording all 12 outs by strikeout. The only two to reach against Johnson came on a bunt and a bloop base hit.

Salisbury's second game of the day was a bit closer, though the Gulls never trailed, scoring all three runs on a pair of home runs.

No. 5 Texas-Tyler 8, Hardin-Simmons 0
No. 5 Texas-Tyler 4, Hardin-Simmons 1

TYLER, Texas -- Texas-Tyler continued the early season success, sweeping Hardin-Simmons 8-0, 4-1 on Saturday to improve to 9-0 on the year.

In game one, the Patriots (9-0, 6-0) drew first-blood, as Vanessa Carrizales doubled in Jackie Mendez, making it 1-0 early.

UT Tyler scored four more in the third, highlighted by a Mel Hinojosa two-run single, making the score 3-0.

Karley Geiger and Lauren Robenalt would also add RBI singles in the inning, giving the Patriots the 5-0 lead after three.

In game two, Hardin-Simmons (2-7, 0-7) played close, tying the score at 1-1 as Darden knocked in the first and only run of the series for the Cowgirls.

No. 8 East Texas Baptist 9, Mississippi College 0

MARSHALL, Texas -- A six-run fourth inning was all East Texas Baptist needed to beat Mississippi College tonight 9-0 in six innings in American Southwest Conference play. Shelby Parker had a great game on the mound and Sara Clements had the key hit in the fourth.

“The girls did a good job,” head coach Janae Shirley said. “We had some good at bats and Shelby did a great job on the mound.  We definitely need to come back tomorrow with that same energy.”

Shelby Parker pitched a complete game for ETBU (5-0/ 4-0 ASC), allowing one hit, walking one and garnering 8 K’s. Sara Clements finished the night 2-for-3 with a 3-run double in the fourth inning and two runs scored, while Lacey Lindsey was 3-for-3 with four RBI including a home run that ended the game. 

Elissa Kelly picked up the loss for Mississippi College (4-1/ 3-1 ASC), pitching 3.2 innings, allowing eight hits, seven runs, all earned, and walking three. Brooke Smitherman had the only hit for MC in the game, a leadoff single in the fourth.